Terrance Malkinson: finding and following his passion
"I was one of the founding members and a Senior Medical Research Technologist for U of C's Faculty of Medicine for 29 years. When I was working in the Foothills Hospital I heard the same story over and over again from people who were sick and some of whom were dying — they wished they had lived their lives differently and cared less about how much money they made. They'd say, 'I have this whole bank account of money that my wife and I had plans for when we retired. Now, look at me. I can't enjoy it.'
You've got to discover what is important to you. When you reach the end of your life, you and look back on everything you've done and say, 'I've lived a good life and I've left the world a better place than when I came into it.' My advice is education is key. Find a career that you are passionate about and that you love and don't worry so much about how much it pays. I think I finally learned this in my 50s.
It was around that time I did my first triathlon. Finishing my first Ironman Triathlon was an incredible thing because I was a total nerd athletically in junior high and high school — I was always the last person to be picked for a team. If I played baseball, I wanted to be way out in field, like, 'Don't ever throw the ball to me.' I was totally useless in sports. But it's a passion for me now — lifelong health and wellness, fitness and stuff like that.
I have been a big fan of SAIT Trojans for a long time and I have met a lot of the student participants. I know they're all great kids. I also know it's difficult for students to make ends meet these days. I thought for a long time about how I could support them and, one day I was out for a run in SAIT's Cohos Commons field and it dawned on me. A legacy gift was the way to go and I just decided 'I'm going to do this.'"
Terrance Malkinson, SAIT Legacy Donor | Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology '01 | Information Technology Professional Certificate '98
Written by Ashley Naud (JA '10)
Photo by Josi Chu