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Aug. 23, 2018

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Our Laurier leaders inspire the lives of leadership and purpose at Laurier. These leaders are comprised of our employees who wish to share their experiences working at Laurier, what inspires them and what being a part of the Laurier community means to them.

Craig Chipps is the manager of Canadian recruitment. 

Sharing His Inspiration

What Does Inspiring Lives of Leadership and Purpose Mean to You?

To me it is about putting students in a position to have the best possible experience while at Laurier – in an effort to create graduates who have the passion and the skills and knowledge to affect positive change in the world around them – whether that be locally, or globally, professionally or socially. Regardless of an individual’s focus, they understand the relationships that create a true community, and embrace doing their part to make it a reality. In order to create that experience, staff and faculty need to be fully invested in the effort and encourage students to also become invested members of the Laurier community from the very beginning and beyond graduation.

What Inspires You?

I have had the good fortune in my positions at Laurier to work with some of the best and brightest student leaders at our campuses. Student leaders inspire me with their grassroots contributions to the university that plant the seeds of institutional excellence. The only thing more exciting than watching a young student leader find their way to engage and contribute in a meaningful way is the growth potential that exists within those leaders who are often just beginning a lifelong journey. Their promise and potential inspires me to do my job as best I can to nurture and support their learning and development.

I Lead at Laurier By…

Seeking to understand how individuals in the community make or can make contributions to achieving our goals as a university and then working to create relationships with like-minded individuals who can achieve more together than even the most talented individual could ever aspire to alone.

I Chose a Career at Laurier Because…

Who I am as a leader was honed during my student experience at Laurier by dedicated professionals who believed in me and showed me how passionate investment in people, especially during a formative stage in their life, can create lasting, positive change. I wanted to be one of those dedicated professionals, working collectively to influence, support and encourage future leaders.

Being Part of the Laurier Community Means…

Recognizing how you as an individual can contribute to improving the lives of others around you and taking action accordingly. As a beneficiary of those who seek to help you grow, so do you continue to look for new challenges and opportunities to support the growth of others – there by sustaining the community that sustains you.


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