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Alumni Success Story: Chantal MacDonald

August 3, 2017

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Alumni Success Story: Chantal MacDonald

Class of 2008
Bachelor of Arts English
Bachelor of Education

What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

After graduating, I moved to Ontario to continue my education at the University of Ottawa. I completed my Master of Arts in English Literature in 2010 and then was hired as a high school English/Drama teacher at North & South Esk Regional High School in Miramichi, N.B. I taught there for 5 years, during which time I met the love of my life, Jeremy MacDonald. We were married in 2013 and he moved to Miramichi and started as an Associate Pastor at the Point Church. In 2015, we were blessed with a son – Ryker Elijah. While we loved everything about living and working in Miramichi, God called us to Orillia, Ontario in 2016. Jeremy currently works as a campus pastor for Connexus Church and I work part-time as an online ESL teacher and supply teacher while also staying home with our son.

How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

I look at my time at Crandall as so much more than just a degree or even a yearbook of fond memories. Through my studies, I learned time management and perseverance. Through my time on worship teams, I learned about compromise and collaboration. Through chapels, I learned the value of prioritizing God in my life and making time for Him daily. Through my education projects, I learned how to think on my feet, manage a class, and operate a smart board (more important that you would think!).

In 2006, I had the privilege to be involved in the Oxford Study Programme. I was challenged and stretched, both academically and spiritually. I learned the value of travel and experiencing history and literature first hand. I learned about culture and accepting differences. This trip also ignited in me a personal passion for literature and the arts which propelled me toward further study and opportunities.

I am so grateful for my time at Crandall and for all the ways that it has shaped who I am today.

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