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Wild Rose Impact Award recipient hopes to make a difference for international refugees

Greg Doudican in the Himalayas around the Kashmir Valley in Northern India.

Calgary-born Greg Doudican didn’t realize it at the time, but his educational journey at Royal Roads University really began as he witnessed the grinding plight of thousands of international refugees struggling to find a safe place to live and work in New Delhi, India.

As a volunteer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2011, Greg says he was profoundly affected by the “staggering” personal security issues faced by minority groups. He also saw how a post-graduate education could help him make a bigger difference in his career field.

Today, Greg is working toward his goal by studying in the Master of Arts in Human Security and Peacebuilding at Royal Roads. Greg is the recipient of the 2013 Wild Rose Alumni Impact Award, and will be one of the guests of honour at the fifth annual Calgary Alumni Branch Gala on Feb. 10.

“This program has pleasantly been more than just the pursuit of a piece of paper,” says Greg, an immigration specialist with Kahane Law Office in Calgary. “It has helped me delve deeper into conflicts I previously knew little about, and has also allowed me to further examine those issues I have a personal interest in.”

Currently in his first year of studies, Greg points to the residency as the standout experience so far. “Meeting my program mates, staying on campus with the castle out my window, and having a taste of the grad student life in beautiful Victoria was an excellent experience to start off this program.”

Greg has joined an expanding network of more than 19,000 Royal Roads students and alumni in more than 60 countries. “We are so proud of students like Greg, who strive to succeed and grow through their learning, creating positive change in the world,” says Paul Corns, associate vice-president of Community Relations and Advancement at Royal Roads.

Join us

Join Greg by registering for the Winter Gala now.

  • When: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. Bar opens 5:30, dinner at 7
  • Where: 3rd floor, The Ranchmen’s Club, 710 13th Ave. S.W., Calgary
  • Speaker: Alumnus Robert Barrett, PhD, an Air Canada pilot, management consultant and business executive. His topic: “The Hidden Element: The Role of Culture in a Globalizing World.”
  • Meal: Four-course gourmet dinner with prime rib of Alberta beef and red or white wine selections.
  • Registration details: Online through Eventbrite. Registration closes Feb. 3.

Story written by the Royal Roads Calgary Alumni Branch.