April 2017 Wellness Champions

April Wellness Champions - U of L Dragon Boaters heading to New Zealand to World Master Games!

We have some world travellers going to Auckland New Zealand to compete in the World Master Games (Dragon Boating). Here's a bit about our employees (past and present) and alumni representing U of L!

Linda Gilbert, Executive Assistant to the Provost & VP (Academic).
The UofL has provided me with many opportunities of various health-related classes/activities over the years and, in 2009, it opened up the door to competitive Dragon Boat racing.  Since then I have paddled with the UofL Fiat Dux team and various women’s teams. It is not only about training and racing, but more importantly, the team work and camaraderie it creates. I am excited to be competing in the WMG Dragon Boat event in New Zealand, representing the UofL, Lethbridge, and Canada!  Though it is not the Olympics, it will feel like it for those of us that are ‘of age’!

Becky Lore, Manager, Scholarships and Student Finance.
I started dragon boating with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorn Paddlers team in 2013. I never thought I’d like the sport as much as I do.  There is something about being on the water that gives me a sense of rejuvenation.  I’ve never gotten that feeling in a motorized boat, but paddling makes any day a nice day!  I heard about the possibility of a Lethbridge team going to New Zealand and I thought that would be a perfect pairing – a sport I enjoy while travelling to a country I’ve wanted to visit!

Lynn Ambedian, Former Director, Academic Scheduling & Student Records, Arts & Science.  I first tried dragon boating in 2003 when U of L assembled their first team, Fiat Dux, but after a personally disastrous season as the boat’s steersman, I slunk away from the sport.  Then six or seven years ago I rejoined Fiat Dux as the drummer and have been an enthusiastic team member ever since.

When word came out of the possibility of a team going to the World Masters Games in Auckland, I was keen to participate (understatement).  But now I’m INSIDE the boat as a paddler.    Big learning curve, big fun.   What a great bunch of dragons have come together for this, and what an experience we’ll have.

Jean Harrowing, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, BASc (Biological Sciences) 1978. I am honoured to have had so many doors opened to me as a result of being part of the U of L community—first, my extraordinary education as an undergrad student; later as my children attended sports and dance activities as well as undergraduate education; for the last 15 years as a member of the Faculty of Health Sciences; and most recently as a member of the U of L Pronghorn Paddlers! I am excited to be departing shortly for Auckland to compete with my Coulee Classics teammates. I am grateful to U of L for providing pool time for our team to practice over the last 15 months.

Karen Johnson BMgt '86, Senator.  An Alumnus of the U of L, Karen is very proud of the 30+years of career her degree provided her with the City of Lethbridge. In her recent retirement, you can find Karen coaching a group of adventurous paddlers at the Max Bell Pool on Monday nights and Thursdays at noon.
Karen started out with the City of Lethbridge Dragn’ R Butz crew in the first year of the festival, 2002.  She has paddled in various locations in Canada and also has numerous coaching and paddling certifications. Karen is the coach of Fiat Dux and has also has been the race chair of the ATB Financial Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival since 2010.
Karen has many other hobbies and interests and is a very active member and past president of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise, and a member of the University of Lethbridge Senate, chair of the Outreach Committee.
With all of this paddling "under her belt", Karen is looking forward to paddling in New Zealand taking our crews to another level - World Masters Games!! 
‘Teamwork makes the Dream Work!!’ (unknown)

List of Participants (alumni, and staff)



former Director, Academic Scheduling & Student Records, Arts & Science



B.N. (1999)


Damen (Carey)

B.N. (1987)



Executive Assistant to the Provost & VP (Academic)


(Leah) Gross

B.A. (1980); B.Ed (1984); M.Ed (1996)



B.N. (2000); M.Sc. (2009); former Faculty in Health Sciences



Associate Professor, Health Sciences



B.N. (1982)



B.Mgt (1986) & UofL Senator



Manager, Scholarships & Student Finance



B.A. (1983)



B.Ed (1980)



B.Ed (1985)