With over 17 years working as a high school English teacher, vice-principal and principal with Regina Public Schools, Cori strives to create conditions that bring out the best in every student and teacher she has the privilege of working with. In 2009, Cori was recognized as Principal of the Year by the Saskatchewan Association of School Councils. Cori is currently principal of Thom Collegiate and will be transitioning to Principal of Balfour Collegiate for 2013-2014.
Cori is passionate about empowering both students and teachers to personalize their learning. She is currently working alongside Thom Collegiate teachers on a classroom model called The Zone. In The Zone, students and teachers negotiate personalized interdisciplinary projects based on areas of student passion. Early results show a significant increase in student attendance and credit attainment.
Cori lives in Regina with her husband Greg and sons, Noah and Jake.
June Zimmer, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized health educator and researcher, whose work has been funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In 2012, Dr. Zimmer was awarded a Governor General's Academic Gold Medal nomination for her research, and was personally recognized by the Premier of Saskatchewan for her outstanding vocational leadership. Most recently Dr. June Zimmer was named one of CBC Saskatchewan's Future 40 Leaders.
Dr. Zimmer holds a health care professional membership with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and is an associate member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Research Matters, a peer-reviewed academic healthcare journal, and serves as an external reviewer for the Canadian Public Health Association. She holds a Clinical Assistant Professor appointment with the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, and an Adjunct Professor appointment with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Regina.
Currently, Dr. Zimmer works with the academic health sciences research portfolio through a joint position with the College of Medicine - University of Saskatchewan and the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region.
Dave Oswald Mitchell
Dave Oswald Mitchell is a freelance editor, researcher and communications specialist born and raised in southern Saskatchewan. He co-edited the book Beautiful Trouble: Toolbox for Revolution (OR Books, 2012) and edited Briarpatch Magazine from 2005 to 2010. His writing has appeared in Rabble, Reality Sandwich, Rolling Thunder and Upping the Anti. His interests include dark beer, dense theory, haiku, and going elsewhere.
Ryan Deschamps has always been interested in how people connect. A former librarian, Ryan was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for 2010, and the Halifax Regional Municipality's Metropolitan Award as "a Haligonian who is a city promoter of overall progress, prosperity, success and wellness for Halifax." An early adopter of Twitter, Facebook, and range of other social media, he was one of the founding members of Podcamp Halifax, which completed its fourth successful year this January, and a member of the team that helped promote the internationally acclaimed consultations for the Halifax Central Library.
Ryan has moved on from librarianship to study the role of social networks and social media on public policy at the Johnson-Shoyama School of Public Policy on the University of Regina Campus. He loves living in Regina with his wife Wanda and two boys.
Meka is an engineer with experience in business development, energy and urban infrastructure. He is currently the Vice-President, Economic Development for the Regina Regional Opportunities Commission, the agency responsible for economic development and tourism for the Regina region.
In 2012, Meka ran for Mayor of Regina, an experience he calls his greatest leadership development exercise so far. In 2013, he was awarded a CBC Saskatchewan Future 40 Certificate of Merit for Distinction in Business.
Meka has studied and lived around the world, in countries spanning Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.
Meka holds a Master’s in Environmentally Sustainable Process Technology from Chalmers University in Sweden and is preparing to defend his Ph.D. thesis in Environmental Systems Engineering this summer, from the University of Regina.
As a registered nurse, Jacqueline worked in Medical Pediatric Intensive Care and Neonatal with children with complex medical needs. Her oldest daughter Acacia was born with a spina bifida and spent much of her childhood in the hospital. Having cared for medically fragile children personally and professionally, Jacque also became foster parent. Ten years ago, her family opened their home to Hope, a medically fragile child who lived only 10 months, all in the hospital.
With the loss of Hope and recently Acacia, Jacque took her personal journey to impart hope to families of children with complex medical. As the founder and Executive Director of Hope’s Home, Jacque has seen this dream became reality. Hope’s Home provides daycare, respite and preschool for medically fragile children in an integrated center in Regina and Prince Albert.
Jacque freely offers her time and energy to be a voice for children with complex medical needs. With the help and dedication from the amazing staff at Hope’s Home, there is a place for special children just to be kids. Jacque’s dream is reminder that there’s no place like Hope...