Celebrating Generosity

Published on January 20, 2023

National Philanthropy Day (NPD) celebrates philanthropy and honours those who give. We are proud to share that two NAIT alumni were recognized at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Edmonton & Area Chapter’s NPD event held November 15, 2022.

Daniel W. Yeung learned philanthropic principles from a young age, as he watched his mother not only provide for her 14 children but support those around them. Daniel graduated from NAIT's Dental Laboratory Technology program in 1981 and is now the president of Universal Dental Laboratories. He credits his mother and his hands-on NAIT education for helping shape the person he is today – a man motivated to do good work and put people first. Since 1997, Daniel W. Yeung has been an active supporter of the Dental Technology program as a student mentor, scholarship donor, and employer of graduates. At the outset of the pandemic, Universal Dental Technologies donated 1,600 face shields so dental students could safely continue their learning labs. His support has been essential for student success at NAIT.

Linda Haymour graduated from NAIT’s Court Reporting program in 1976 and retired nearly 40 years later from a fulfilling and successful career. Upon retirement, she spent time transcribing classroom lectures in real-time to help students with disabilities. She is also a busy supporter of other causes like Meals on Wheels, Boys and Girls Club, and the Mental Health Association. Linda has been committed to giving NAIT students resources to succeed through the establishment of student bursaries like the Four Directions Aboriginal Bursary and supporting the Mind + Body Connect Program – an exercise program that helps students manage mild to moderate anxiety through physical activity. Participants reported gaining confidence and strength, plus becoming more relaxed as the program retrained their minds as much as their bodies. NAIT is incredibly grateful for Linda’s ongoing generosity. Her impact on students will last for years to come.

Thank you, Daniel and Linda for all you do!