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Meet our Valedictorians for Fall 2022.

Valedictorian Riley Nimchuk


Riley Nimchuk

Medical Radiologic Technology, School of Health and Public Safety

Riley spent a decade in the aviation industry as a flight attendant, then flight coordinator, for private airlines. While she enjoyed supporting her clients, she knew she’d reached the peak of growth potential and was ready for a change.

Two-year programs are what drew her to SAIT, but job shadowing was what secured her interest in radiology. Not only would the career switch allow her to pursue her love of public service, but the industry requires continued education — a huge draw for a lifelong learner like Riley.

Since most of her SAIT education was online, Riley valued time spent on-campus with her classmates — supporting each other through hands-on labs.

Riley has accepted positions in X-ray and computed tomography (CT) scans at the South Health Campus and with EFW Radiology clinics in Calgary. She looks forward to making the most of her second career.

Valedictorian Onyie Ekene-Obi

Photo by Anna Burns

Onyinyechukwuka “Onyie” Ekene-Obi

Journalism, School of Business

By the time Onyie came to SAIT, she had already spent seven years as a broadcast regulator in Nigeria and held both a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and a Master of Science in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Eager to practice journalism in a country that encouraged freedom of the press, Onyie set her sights on SAIT thanks to a recommendation from a friend. After a few visa and pandemic-related roadblocks, Onyie was able to begin the Journalism program from Nigeria in Winter 2021 and made the move to Calgary with her two children a year later. Connecting with classmates and instructors in person for the first time is a memory she’ll always cherish.

To Onyie, telling stories is wonderful, but telling stories through photography is a super power. It’s what drew her to photojournalism.

Today, she’s ready to put her newly acquired super power to use as a public relations professional and freelance multimedia journalist.

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