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First MDE Grad to win distinguished alumni award

First MDE Grad to win distinguished alumni award

Jeff Zabudski, completed his MDE quite a few years ago, but has since gone on fill a number of distinguished roles (inlcuding Presidnet) at various Canadian colleges.  The invitation below was sent to all staff, but I am sure, that any current or past students or MDE grads would be welcomed to attend the event in Toronto.

Congrats Jeff!!




Dr. Frits Pannekoek, President of Athabasca University
cordially invites you to attend a reception
in honour of Dr. Jeff Zabudsky and Ms. Lindsay Hampton
recipients of 2011 Athabasca University Alumni Awards

Thursday, November 1, 2012
5 to 7:30 p.m.
Loft 404, Fourth Floor, 263 Adelaide St. West
Toronto, Ontario

RSVP by Friday, October 26 to
1-800-788-9041, ext. 2907, or

Dr. Jeff Zabudsky (MDE, 1999) is the recipient of AU’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award. A pioneer in higher education, Dr. Zabudsky was one of the first students to enrol in AU’s Master of Distance Education Program and is a dedicated proponent of distance education in Canada.

Now President and CEO of the Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Dr. Zabudsky previously served as Dean of Technology and Curriculum Innovation at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Vice-President Academic at Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology in Sault Ste. Marie, and President and CEO of Red River College in Winnipeg. He has also served as President of the Canadian Association for Distance Education.

Lindsay Hampton (BPA – Communication Studies, 2008) is the recipient of the 2011 Volunteer Service Award. A professional photojournalist from Toronto, Ms. Hampton pursued a long-held dream to work in medicine. She joined Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Kids as an imaging specialist in 2004 and, soon after, launched Art for Eyes, an innovative “paint day” fundraiser to support children with retinoblastoma and their families. 

While taking part in medical missions to Peru and the Philippines and teaching ophthalmic imaging in Egypt, India and Africa, Ms. Hampton saw the power that education and building local capacity can have on promoting eye health and preventing avoidable blindness. In 2011, drawing again upon her passion and professional interests, she created So Kids Can See, a foundation dedicated to preventing childhood vision loss and blindness due to late diagnosis.




Jason Ng

Alumni Relations & Philanthropy Officer

Athabasca University

Tel:  403-298-2907

Fax:  403-298-2922



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