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UCalgary Nursing Alumni Committee

Students today, nurses tomorrow, alumni forever


Thanks for stopping by our page to find out more about us, what we do and how you could get involved.  As one of the longest-standing volunteer groups at UCalgary, we are proud of all the work over the years to support our alumni and are continually looking for ways in which we can connect, engage, develop, and celebrate current and future alumni from UCalgary Nursing.

Following the UCalgary Alumni strategy Wherever Life Takes You which is aimed at engaging alumni by supporting them in five key areas: Career Aspirations, Life Stage Programming, Volunteer Engagement, Community Building and Philanthropy, we work hard to provide meaningful opportunities for our alumni in each of these areas. Whether you're a new grad, mid-way through your career, or entering the golden years of your nursing career, we hope to offer something that will meet you where you are through our Bronze, Silver and Gold level initiatives.

Our past events have included things such as the Spring Luncheon, Finance 101 for Nurses, Mock Interviews, NCLEX Jeopardy, and this year's extremely popular event: Small Gardens - An evening with Kath Smyth. In addition, we often collaborate closely for faculty led events such as the Pinning Ceremony for new grads and the annual Marguerite Schumacher Memorial Alumni Lecture.

If you are a nursing alum and are interested in joining or collaborating with our team, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We'd love to hear from you.

UNAC Terms of Reference

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Colleen de Neve

Executive Members

Leading the charge, our executive members provide guidance to the rest of the committee so that together, we can create meaningful programs, events and initiatives for our alumni.

Executive members have active roles at events and programs throughout the year, and make recommendations on our various structures and processes to effectively lead the committee.



Arielle Manzano

"While completing my BN, I became involved in several committees, serving as a vice president on the Year One Nursing Council and as the president of the Undergraduate Nursing Society. I am passionate about nursing leadership and am eager to inspire new alumni to remain connected with their alma mater. I work in child and adolescent mental health at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and, in my free time, I play piano and have won accolades and awards over the years, both as a performer and instructor."


MJ Calungcaguin

"Prior to this role, I had a blast serving as a bronze co-lead for the committee. Although we had to cancel our alumni-led mock job interviews for 4th year nursing students due to the pandemic, we instead had loads of fun engaging them in resume/cover letter workshops, and in competitive games of NCLEX jeopardy!

I currently work as an RN in inpatient child and adolescent mental health, and I'm excited to support everyone in conjuring novel and thrilling ideas for current and future alumni in these next couple of years."



My background is adult and pediatric hospice palliative care, and I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Nursing. My research explores how medical assistance in dying (MAiD) is impacting hospice palliative care nurses. I’m very interested in nursing leadership, education, and mentorship, and have participated in the NurseMentor program mentoring several undergrads. Outside of school, I love to hike and I’m a die-hard Calgary Flames and Stampeders fan.


Suman Parmar

coming soon.

Bronze Lead

(Alumni 0-10 years after graduation)


I completed my MN in 2019, with my thesis focused on exploring and improving the mental health and wellbeing of undergraduate nursing students. I am excited to work with the alumni committee to engage and strengthen our community relationships with our diverse alumni groups. To maintain my personal wellness, I enjoy eating good food, learning about new cultures, and finding exciting indoor activities to make it through our Alberta winters.


Silver Lead

(Alumni 11-25 years after graduation)

Cydnee Senevirtane

"I graduated with a MN in 1997 and PhD in nursing in 2008 from the University of Calgary. I have practiced as a nurse since 1991 with a background in neuroscience nursing, specifically neurology and gerontology. As well, I have been a nurse educator for more than 20 years at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing. As a graduate of our program, I have a keen interest in ensuring appropriate continuing education and support for both our undergraduate and graduate alumni."

Social Media & Communications Lead

Chaltu Abdulrhman

As a new grad, I understand the challenges of staying connected with the alumni community, particularly given our current circumstances. In my role as the Social Media & Communications lead, I hope to engage current and future alumni from UCalgary Nursing to stay connected and celebrate our achievements. I am excited to be apart of initiatives that support, highlight and inspire our nursing community. I currently work in both Oncology and Public Health. Outside of work, I enjoy reading, Yoga and hiking in Kananaskis!

General Members

An integral part of our committee, our general members help generate ideas, assist leads in various projects and initiatives and are active champions for nursing and our alumni in the community.


Kate Brown BN'21

Kate Wong

Kate Wong BN'12


Alyssa Echano BN'20


Harneek Kapoor BN'21

Yeny Lara

Yeny Lara BN'17

Arielle Baldassarre BN'18

MJ Calungcaguin BN'17

selfie challange notice

UCalgary Nursing Alumni Selfie Challenge!

Calling all UCalgary Nursing Alumni! We want to invite you to participate in our first ever selfie challenge. Great prizes to be won! Submissions will be accepted until February 28th at 4pm MST. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on March 2, 2022.

To participate, tag us on Instagram (@ucalgarynursingalumni), and include your name, your degrees and their respective years, the type of selfie/picture you're posting, and a fun caption! Check out our own IG post to see our committee members with examples!

List of Accepted Selfies/Pictures:

1. Selfie/picture of you with your RN colleagues or with your friend group of UCalgary Nursing Alumni

2. Selfie/picture of you with any current or past UCalgary Nursing Faculty/Staff Member (professor, instructor, non-teaching staff)

3. Selfie/picture of you in your UCalgary Alumni Apparel or old UCalgary Nursing clinical scrubs

We will be sharing entries over the next few weeks on our IG page, and look forward to getting to know more of our #ucalgarynurse community!

Click here for official contest rules.

Open positions

We are currently recruiting for a number of executive and general member roles in the committee. If you are an enthusiastic nursing alum looking for a way to give back to the faculty and support future and current alum, then we may have the perfect position for you!

Take a look below and reach out to us for more information or to apply.

Similar to the Bronze and Silver leads, the main role of the Gold Lead is to help generate ideas and lead initiatives meaningful to our alumni who have graduated more than 25 years ago. Together with ad-hoc working groups, the Gold Lead helps create meaningful programs and events, generating ideas and identifying potential hosts, speakers and panellists within their personal and professional networks, as well as within the broader community. If you are a nursing alum brimming with ideas and creativity, who enjoys the event-planning process, this might be the perfect role for you!

Otherwise known as a "member-at-large," this role provides support to the committee in the planning, evaluation, and execution of alumni programming and events. One of the key responsibilities is to provide perspectives on alumni relations topics during meetings. This role is a one-year term with a monthly time commitment generally ranging from 2-3 hours per month, though it may be less or more in the case when you are supporting a particular event or program.

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Come and check us out

We are a very friendly group and always excited to have new faces join us. Whether you're just looking to dip your feet or are ready to take on a specific role, we'd love to hear from you.  You can also stop by one of our monthly meetings (virtually or in person) or reach out to us by email for more information.

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Alumni Gear

Be in style with the latest nursing alumni merch! This fall we have nursing alumni masks and stay tuned for more goodies later in the year. Proceeds from merchandise sales goes towards supporting our alumni initiatives and events.

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Upcoming Alumni Events