Four Golden Bears and Pandas Alumni, and one current student-athlete were honoured on Monday, as the Green and Gold Athlete Society handed out their annual alumni awards.
Alumni Sean Myskiw, Dusty Freimark, Dr. Shandra Doran, and Rylan Kafara were honoured on Monday, while Golden Bears tennis athlete, and University Athletics Board President Kyle Sluchinski was given the GGAS Scholarship.
The awards were presented at the Myer Horowitz theater, as part of the 2019 Green and Gold Athletic Awards.
Volunteer Leadership Award - Sean Myskiw
The Volunteer Leadership Award is presented to the alumnus that demonstrates a true commitment to their alumni association and/or the Green and Gold Athletic Society. Myskiw holds two degrees from the U of A, one from law and one in commerce and is now a partner at CBM LLP.
He starred for Golden Bears soccer from 1998 to 2002, helping the team win two Canada West titles. Upon graduation he immediately began helping the Golden Bears alumni association.
He has served as director, vice-president, and most recently president, and continues his involvement by sitting on the board. He has been the key organizer for the Golden Bears casinos since 2003, and was part of the organizing committee for the 2006 CIS Men’s Soccer National Championship.
Green and Gold Spirit Award - Dusty Freimark
The Green and Gold Spirit Award is presented to the alumnus that has continued to be involved with the Golden Bears & Pandas Athletics programs and/or their affiliated club programs.
Freimark winner graduated with a BEd in 2004. She played Pandas volleyball from 2002 to 2004, helping the Pandas to a pair of Canada West titles.
She joined the coaching staff for the 2006-07 season, and then returned to help the program during the inception of the Junior Pandas Development Club, serving as the director from 2013 to 2017.
Professional Alumnus Award - Dr. Shandra Doran
The Professional Alumnus Award is presented to someone who demonstrates excellence, achievement and initiative in their chosen profession.
A star member of the 6-in-a-row national championship Pandas volleyball dynasty teams, Doran is the definition of an athlete and a scholar.
After helping the Pandas volleyball program win four straight national championships, she graduated from the Faculty of Science, and then left Edmonton to earn her Masters degree.
She returned to the U of A to earn her medical PhD, and is now an Emergency Room physician at the University of Alberta Hospital. She volunteers with STARS Air Ambulance and is a member of the Alberta and University of Alberta Sports Hall of Fames.
Community Service Award - Rylan Kafara
The Community Service Award is presented to the alumnus that is, or has provided extraordinary leadership and philanthropy within the community.
Kafara was named a Top 40 Edmontonian under the age of 40 by Avenue Magazine this year, and swam for the Golden Bears from 2002 to 2006. He holds both a Bachelor and Masters degree from the Faculty of Arts, and is now working on his PhD here in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation.
He is using his background, experience and passion in music, sport and recreation and is working with the City of Edmonton to create wellness spaces for Edmonton's inner city population to help with the homelessness and health issues in those areas.