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Arts alumni are an accomplished crew. They have great advice for students and fellow graduates, and know that arts degrees teach skills that are sought-after in the professional environment. 

Gail Whiteford BFA’73, BEd’84


Gail Whiteford BFA’73, BEd’84, taught high school Drama and English in Canada and Australia for 37 years before retiring. In 2006, she received the Alberta Teaching Excellence Award, and was runner up for both the YMCA Peace Award (2005) and the Women of Excellence Award (2009). During that time, she also worked in theatre as an actor, writer and director for a number of theatre companies and as a Standardized Patient/Client for the UCalgary medical and veterinary faculties. After retirement, Gail returned to UCalgary where she taught Drama 564 and worked as the Artistic Director of Aspen Crossing Theatre in Mossleigh, Alberta.