RICK RALPH WAS JUST EIGHT WHEN HIS FATHER died of heart failure. Unbeknownst to Rick, a similar fate awaited him. Until,
that is, he came into the care of Drs. Terry-Lynn Young, Kathy Hodgkinson, Patrick Parfrey and
Sean Connors. Their interdisciplinary research team identified the genetic cause of this fatal
condition, known as Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), which has taken the
lives of countless young men and women in our province.
JACKIE SQUIRE WAS BULLIED AS A CHILD because of a disability. However, she never let that bring her
down. Instead, Jackie used her imagination and artistic skills to create a book to help other kids
who are experiencing the same kind of abuse. Memorial University’s Students in Free Enterprise
(SIFE) team saw something in Jackie and reached out to help her bring her book to the masses. Now
Jackie’s story is inspiring students on a much larger scale.
KURTIS SPENDS HIS FREE TIME IN THE BOREAL forest. He’s got a big heart, one that
beats fastest when he’s outdoors. Like Kurtis, Dr. Ian Warkentin of Memorial’s
Grenfell Campus loves the boreal forest. With rising demands in forestry, mining and urban
development, these valuable outdoor spaces are now at risk of depletion. Dr. Warkentin aims
to prevent that from happening.
DRS. ANGUS AND JEAN BRUNEAU ARE TIED inextricably to the development of Memorial. Their 2007 gift
of over $1 million to the Angus Bruneau Student Leadership and Innovation Fund in Engineering –
the largest gift of its kind to Memorial at the time – will help to change the lives of countless
students. Their hearts are in the right place when it comes to Memorial and the future of its students.
SINCE 1966, KEN KING HAS FISHED PLACENTIA Bay. Ken has been caught in storms that have nearly taken his life.
A partnership among the provincial and federal governments, industry and the Marine Institute of Memorial University,
SmartBay provides real-time weather data for fishers, recreational boaters and shuttle tankers in the busy,
environmentally-sensitive waters of Placentia Bay.
RAPHAEL RICH IS A PROVINCIAL COURT interpreter in Natuashish, Labrador, where, in some circumstances,
Innu-aimun language is strong, but English comprehension is weak. This poses serious obstacles for Aboriginal
complainants, witnesses and defendants in court. This barrier has now been lowered, due in part to the work being
done by Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie and Dr. Douglas Wharram of Memorial’s Linguistics Department.
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