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Vision and Daring

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Vision and Daring

I had the privilege of being introduced to Her Honour Lois Hole not long before her death, 10 years ago this January. One of Alberta’s most beloved public servants, she charged me, with passionate force, with being a champion for education. “This is a time of great opportunity for Alberta. We must not miss it,” she told me. It was an extraordinary moment and one that has stayed with me.

There is a certain daring required of leaders. You must leap into challenges with total commitment, to take on risk, to dare greatly … or miss out. Together with our philanthropic community, the University of Alberta has committed to the daring goal of building a great global university for the public good.

We push students beyond the boundaries of the classroom with hands-on programs such as the Faculty of Science geology field school. Our faculty and researchers ask questions, reject assumptions and challenge the status quo (“Living With Hope,” and “Voice of Reason”).

We are building on our successful track record of shaping citizen leaders through the newly formed Peter Lougheed Leadership Initiative, named in honour of an alumnus who embodied boldness and vision. John and Bunny Ferguson, whom you will come to know better in this issue, have echoed those leadership qualities in mobilizing the support of the philanthropic community to make the college a reality.

Deborah Yedlin is no stranger to striding fearlessly through life, and after you meet her mother, you will understand the inspiration behind her drive.

Bolstered by our passionate campus and philanthropic communities, the U of A has become a leading institution.

We dare greatly and, together, we are changing the world.

Indira V. Samarasekera, O.C., President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Alberta