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November, 2009 Newsletter

November 2009
Greetings Alumni,

I am always amazed at how quickly winter approaches. It feels like we have just gotten the fall semester underway, and already we are preparing for the Spirit of Christmas, coming up in less than a month!

The fall is always a very busy time for both students and alumni, so be sure to read through all of the upcoming events and Alumni News items.

So, cheers to a full season of great connections and activities!

Alumni Reminder

Reminder of Alumni Lifelong Learning Cruise in May 2010! The third Lifelong Learning Cruise ! Destination: Western Caribbean. Come as a couple, with friends, parents, or family. It also makes a great gift for parents!

Reservation deadline is Dec 17, with a completely refundable deposit of $250 US/ person.

HFH Hawaii
It's only a month away! Sign up now for a fun week of working on a Habitat for Humanity project in beautiful Hawaii. The work week is Dec 3-11, but stay for a few extra days and enjoy fun in the sun! For more info, please email .

TW Magazine is online. See the new TW Magazine online here .

Alumni Awards Nomination. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus who has achieved outstanding distinction in career, educational achievement, and community service. This individual must exemplify integral character based on biblical principles. The 2010 Distinguished Alumni will receive a TWU Ring and be honored at a Spring Awards Gala. The deadline for nomination is February 1, 2010. Please send nominations to . Download the nomination form .
Spotlight on Alumni

Shannon Braithwaite (1999)
Shannon received her MA in Producing Film and Television from Royal Holloway, University of London, in London, UK. Upon returning home, she worked as Assistant Director on an independent feature, Lost and Found . In the Spring, she produced the short film, Latte America , which is now making the festival circuit. Latte America was shot all in one take, backwards. It won Honorable Mention at the Kitsilano Film Festival and Best Picture at the North Shore Film Festival. She is now working on producing a few more short films in the upcoming months.
Joshua Peters (2006)
Joshua interned in the Prime Minister's Office with the Communications Department under the Director of Communications as the LLC's first PMO intern. He currently works in West Vancouver, BC and Ottawa, ON as a Legislative Assistant for Member of Parliament John Weston, whose riding contains 70% of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Bonnie Krisher (1998)
Since graduating from Trinity Western, Bonnie purchased a debt arbitration company, K&G Debt and Credit Professionals , which assists individuals who have experienced a life hardship and need assistance in settling with their creditors. “Owning K&G has not only provided me with many personal rewards, but has also provided me with the means to participate in several charities. This is an answered prayer,” says Bonnie. She now lives on Vancouver Island with her husband Travis and four children.
TWU News

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Paul Ballard: From Injury to Inspiration
For City Stars defender Paul Ballard , soccer has become more than just a game. The former TWU Spartan standout has evolved into a new breed of athlete, a charismatic player who has spent the last three years using sports as a vehicle for change and mission work across two continents. Faced with a potentially career-ending injury in 2006, the 26-year old has turned his life around and made the injury his salvation.

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Janet Epp Buckingham lands top spot in Capital
September's issue of Ottawa Life Magazine profiles the top 50 People in the nation's capital. Read how Janet Epp Buckingham, the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre grabbed a top spot.

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Wheels are turning on and off the court at TWU
Wheelchair basketball has come to TWU. According to wheelchair athlete, Pat Anderson , it’s not about disability so much as it is about participation. Pat Anderson was in a tragic car accident at the age of nine, leaving him with his lower legs amputated. Feeling the calling to wheelchair basketball, he became a success and is one of the best wheelchair basketball players in the world. He retired from Team Canada last year and wants to share his passion with both the able and disabled.
Alumni Events

To RSVP for any of these events, please email

Pacific Theatre with Alumni
November 11, 2009 (Wednesday)
All alumni are welcome to come & enjoy Pacific Theatre's The Lion, Witch & Wardrobe
Pre-Show Dessert Reception: 7:00 pm
Theatre Show: 8:00 pm - Pacific Theatre - 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6H 1M8
Cost: $11 per person (includes reception & theatre)
Please purchase tickets via Box Office
Class of 2004 - 5 Year Reunion at CIS Soccer Nationals
November 12, 2009 (Thursday)
Reconnect with past classmates & cheer on your Spartans as they compete in the CIS Soccer Nationals!
Game Time: 6:00 pm
Details: Meet at blue tent on side of field. Hot chocolate provided.
Cost: Complimentary (includes drinks and game)
Please RSVP to by November 6th, 2009
ReUnite Networking Luncheon - Lower Mainland
November 18, 2009 (Wednesday)
Join us and connect with fellow alumni in your community. Create networks, renew relationships and be inspired by a guest speaker.
Guest Speaker:Kevin Sawatsky , Professor of Law
Topic: The Art of Encouragement
Cost: Complimentary - donations accepted for Alumni Scholarship
Time: 11:30 am - Luncheon
Held At: Coast Hotel & Convention Centre, Langley
Please RSVP to by November 11th, 2009
ReUnite Networking Luncheon - Vancouver
November 25, 2009 (Wednesday)
Guest Speaker: David Bentall, founder of Next Step Advisors
Topic: To be announced
Cost: Complimentary - donations accepted for Alumni Scholarship
Time: 12:00 pm - Luncheon
Held At:Sandman Hotel, City Centre
Please RSVP to by November 11th, 2009
Spirit of Christmas – TWU Langley Campus
December 4 & 5, 2009 (Friday and Saturday)
Time: 4:00 – 9:00pm both days

Open to all alumni, family, friends, and the community!

Bring the whole family out to see the TWU Campus transformed into a Winter Wonderland with all kinds of activities for the kids, entertainment for both kids and adults, and food and beverages for all.

Spirit of Christmas event information
Benefit Highlight

Support a student at TWU when you buy or sell your home!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home, call Brenda Evans and Michele Cartwright, Your Infinity Team . A portion of every sale will go toward a TWU Scholarship set up by Your Infinity Team . Now you can support TWU in another creative way. Please tell your friends about this wonderful opportunity.

Brenda and Michele will definitely treat you right!

Brenda Evans & Michele Cartwright
'Your Infinity Team '
Keller Williams Valley Realty
t: 604.852-2234
c:604.807.8882 (Brenda)
c:604-832-8229 (Michele)
Survey Question

TWU just received an A+ rating for Quality of Education in The Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report for the 4th year in a row (no other university can claim that). From your experience what would you have given an A+ mark to while at TWU? (Professors, food, friends etc.)

Email your response to

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