Speaker Moderator Dr. Debra Pozega Osburn
Moderated by Dr. Debra Pozega Osburn, PhD, Vice-President of University Relations at the University of Saskatchewan, where she provides vision, leadership and direction for a team dedicated to ensuring strong, positive connections between the university, its stakeholders, and its many communities. She worked as a journalist early in her career before moving into the post-secondary sector and is motivated each day by seeing the way an education can change the lives of people, families, and communities. She held leadership positions at the University of Alberta and at Michigan State University – her alma mater – before joining the USask executive team.
Dr. Osburn is a committed community volunteer, having served on numerous volunteer boards and working groups. Most recently she was named chair of the national United Way Centraide Canada Board of Directors and will serve in the coming year as vice-chair of the board at the Remai Modern in Saskatoon.
As one of three children of two busy public school teachers, and the mother of three daughters herself, she has a keen appreciation of today’s topic; she has seen the impact when we are willing to learn from others, to be present for others, and to help others reach their goals.
Faith Bodnar and Louise Oelke will share their collective stories of leadership and perseverance from a community impact perspective on the #UNIGNORABLE issues of mental health and support for seniors.