Deborah Yedlin, the new Chancellor of the University of Calgary guested on the final episode of “David Taras Talks to…” Wednesday afternoon. Deborah shared the story of how her family supported her career and helped her become what she is today.
After Deborah’s family fled World War 2 from Poland, they got an education and started a family in Canada. “We will not leave you millions. We will leave you an education” they told Deborah and her brother. Adding that with an education anything is possible. Her mother “set an example” by being a working mother in a generation where a woman working outside the house wasn’t a common practice. Deborah says that her mother was a huge influence in her life.
In 1992 Deborah arrived at Calgary. An exciting city where, in Deborah’s eyes, “anything is possible”. Now she sees that Calgary has its challenges. She notes that people are afraid to take risks and that “there is a lack of vision” for the City of Calgary. She would like to see Calgary come together as a community to help diversify the economy. Deborah says that, on the other hand, there are present opportunities to help Calgary grow. She observes that there is more collaboration of the University of Calgary which she goes on to say is beneficial because of it’s plentiful and interesting research that we could utilize to help the city.
To learn more about Deborah’s story, check out the final episode of “David Taras talks to…” on CMRU.ca.
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