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Checking in with Mount Royal alumni: Julie Vincent

Julie Vincent

Your name, program & year of graduation at Mount Royal?

  • Business Administration diploma, 1986
  • General Studies diploma,1994
  • Enroled in Bachelor of Applied Communication, 1995 - 1999
  • Freelance Writing certificate, 2003
  • Journalism certificate, 2010

Your career path in 140 character or less...(Twitter style)?
Journalist, covering small-town news and events; PR specialist, national events; Photographer, large-scale events in YYC and abroad; Street photographer, mid-way through a six-year, international street photography project.

What three words describe your student experience at Mount Royal?
Life-changing, character-building, grounding.

What was the most important course you took at Mount Royal & why?
If I have to pick just one…stylistics, with Ken McGoogan: Ken is an extraordinary writer. Quintessentially Canadian, his deep love of the language infused all his classes. Writing well is critical to so many aspects of life as well as to one’s credibility, and one’s ability to communicate effectively. Ken’s stylistics class stands out, in a field of so many excellent classes, as core and foundational to so much else.

How have you invested in your community since graduating from Mount Royal?
As a professional photographer, there are many opportunities for us to be involved and engaged in our community. We (being my spouse and business partner, Jason) feel strongly about giving back to our community, and particularly about creating cultural archives through photography. Among the variety of events we’ve contributed our professional skills to, we are the photo team leads for two major events in the city: GlobalFest, and the Marda Gras Street Festival. We particularly love shooting GlobalFest’s annual Canadian Citizenship ceremony. To see how thrilled people are to become Canadians…it’s beyond words! GlobalFest embodies many things that are important to us: culture, collaboration, equality, loyalty, and love. We have been the photography team for Marda Gras for five years.  We live in the community and we love being part of this great family-focused street festival. I also work closely with Calgary’s Military Museums and photograph many Museum events. We have made very good friends there, and we have been included in several of its important events, including their official grand re-opening in 2010, which was presided over by HRH the Countess of Wessex, Sophie Rhys-Jones.

What is the best piece of advice you received at Mount Royal that helped prepare you for your career?
Never throw out a business Card: Ron MacDonald. This simple bit of great advice has resulted, in my case, in a huge, current database of professionals (many MRU grads!) who I can contact and refer, and who share their knowledge. Brilliant, simple advice.

What is your claim to fame?
I don’t know if I have a claim to fame other than I love my work, am proud of my education and the institution where I got that education. I hope my photographic work – the events, real estate and architecture, and our exhibition - reflect well on the excellent education and mentoring I got at MRU.

What do you miss most about being a student? 
I’m still a student! I can’t imagine the time where I’ll not be. I look forward to more classes at MRU. Up next: Spanish!