Member Highlights

ASPA Member Highlight – Bonita Wong, Finance and Operations Manager, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Science

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Bonita has been on campus for much of her adult life. From a young age, she had a strong interest in the natural world and came to the University of Saskatchewan to pursue that interest. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology (1989), and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (1997), both from the University of Saskatchewan. Bonita has worked continuously on campus since September 1989 but had worked as a secretary and an undergraduate student research hire prior to that time. In 1989, she started working as a Research Technician with the Crop Development Centre, followed by several years with the Department of Biology, and then moved over to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. In 2000, she accepted a new position as Administrative Assistant with the Department of Biology where she stayed for 12 years. She accepted a promotion in 2012 to become the Finance and Operations Manager with the Department of Chemistry. 

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ASPA Member Highlight – Shari Thompson, Student Professional Development Strategist/Director of Career Development, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Shari obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina in 1988, attending the satellite office in Saskatoon.  Prior to acceptance into Social Work, she took two years of Arts and Science completing all pre-requisite coursework at the University of Saskatchewan.   In 1993, Shari became a Certified Job Finding Club Facilitator, completing a Human Resources Advanced Certificate in 2010, and the Mental Health First Aid training in 2018. Shari has worked at the University of Saskatchewan for almost 18 years, in the areas of career and employment with students in all colleges, having worked for 15 years as an Employment Coordinator in the Student Employment and Career Centre.    

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ASPA Member Highlight – Merv Dahl, Risk and Insurance Coordinator, Safety Resources, University of Saskatchewan

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Merv majored in Psychology and History and obtained his BA from the University of Manitoba in 1974. He completed his Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) in October 1985 and his Certificate in Risk Management (CRM) in March 2005.

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ASPA Member Highlight – Amanda Plante, Animal Research Ethics Specialist, Research Services and Ethics Office

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Amanda received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1994 from the University of Windsor and a MSc in Toxicology at the University in Saskatchewan in 1999. In addition, she is a yoga teacher with over 1000 hours in yoga training.

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ASPA Member Highlight – Jocelyn Orb, Manager, Student Wellness Centre, Teaching, Learning, and Student Experience

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Jocelyn received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan 1998, Bachelor of Science in Arts (Environmental Studies and Political Science double major) from the University of Victoria in 2003 and a Masters in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005.  

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ASPA Member Highlight – Rachel Tang, Qualitative Research Manager and Specialist, Social Sciences Research Laboratories, College of Arts and Science

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Rachel Tang obtained her Bachelor of Arts with High Honours in Psychology in 2013. The entirety of her 8 years of employment at the University has been with the Social Sciences Research Laboratories. She started at the SSRL in January of 2012 as a Student Research Interviewer in the Survey and Group Analysis Laboratory (SGAL). She excelled as an interviewer and was promoted to Assistant Survey Research Manager in 2013.  Rachel also worked as a transcriptionist for the Qualitative Research Laboratory (QRL) beginning in 2012. She started the role of Qualitative Research Coordinator for the QRL in September of 2014. In April of 2015, she was promoted to Qualitative Research Manager and Specialist, the role she currently holds.

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ASPA Member Highlight – Danielle Baron, College Research Facilitator, College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Danielle Baron graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 with a BA Honors in Psychology. She moved to the University of Alberta to do her Master of Science in Neuroscience, which she completed in 2012. Danielle then worked as a Research Program Manager for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta from 2012 to December 2015.

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ASPA Member Highlight – Kelly Gatzke, Senior Project Manager, Enterprise Project Management Office, Strategic Program Office

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Kelly Gatzke studied 2 ½ years at the University of Regina in from 1988 to 1990. His summer employment created a career change to complete his Journeyman Electrician Certification in 1996. He attained his Construction Specifications Canada CCCA (Certified Construction Contract Administrator) in early 2015.

He has been an ASPA member since August 16, 2016. While employed at the University of Saskatchewan, he completed his PMP (Project Manager Professional) designation in early 2018. He is currently taking night classes and will be finishing his Certificate in Business in April 2020.

Kelly and his team work collaboratively to successfully deliver projects by managing scope, risk, costs, schedule, and add value to the campus through their collective abilities. As a project manager, Kelly is accountable to ensure that everyone on the team knows and executes their role, feels empowered and supported in their role. Communication is a critical part of his role as a Project Manager. They work to gather client requirements and business needs for all projects. Delivering what the client needs while maintaining the vision for the whole campus is their primary objective.

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ASPA Member Highlight – Helanna Gessner, Administrative Coordinator, Diefenbaker Canada Centre

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Helanna Gessner has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Archaeology & Classical Medieval & Renaissance studies from the University of Saskatchewan completed in 2016 and a Masters in Museum Studies through the University of Leicester in 2018. She recently started working on campus in May of 2019 at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre as an Administrative Coordinator.  

Helanna’s duties are to provide support between the Curator and the Program Manager, and to liaison with the Executive Officer, who does all the planning for the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. She also does bookings for programs and develops events for the Centre. The Diefenbaker Canada Centre provides educational programs to schools in and around Saskatoon in alignment with the curriculum (e.g., Social Studies) for students from kindergarten to Grade 6. In addition, campus tours and gallery tours are available to the public. Helanna is also responsible to train, mentor, and oversee the duties of the student staff at the Centre.

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ASPA Member Highlight – Heather Mandeville, Manager of Admission & Recruitment, WCVM

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Heather Mandeville took three years of classes at the University of Saskatchewan from 1991-1994. In 1996, she completed her Medical Administrative Assistant course throughHeather 1 the Saskatoon Business College. She started working on campus in July, 1996 in a 3-month CUPE term position in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.  In the fall, 1996, she moved to the College of Medicine where she worked in the Admissions Office initially as a clerical assistant for 8 years before moving to ASPA in November 2004.  Heather remained in the College of Medicine until November 2010 when she accepted her current position as Manager of Admissions & Recruitment in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Continue reading “ASPA Member Highlight – Heather Mandeville, Manager of Admission & Recruitment, WCVM”