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In celebration of 100 years, we're sharing stories about the people who have shaped SAIT throughout our first century.
 What’s your #SAITstory? If you have a special memory or connection to SAIT, we want to hear about it. Tell us your story.
22 Nov
Being Therese Murray

Being Therese Murray

“I graduated in 1983 from Commercial Baking but then my legs got pretty bad, so I came back in 1987 and took Accounting. I took it slow because by then my arms were getting bad, too. 

Basically, from grade five to grade six, I grew too fast. Theory is none of the tendons grew with me – they are all too short for my body. You can only stretch a tendon twice and most of mine have been. I was 13 when I started having surgeries and I started having to use a scooter in 1987, which is when I came back to SAIT. During that time I started working for SAIT Athletics just to make extra money by keeping score and taking tickets for games, things like that. And I am still doing it. 

The SAIT Students Association has an award called the Therese Murray Award. It’s for outstanding volunteering. It was named after me in 1990-91. I was surprised when they first gave it out and to be honest, didn't expect it to be around for long. 

While I was a student here I was a senate chair and a student representative on Academic Council. I was also on the Disability Awareness Committee, and we achieved everything we wanted to do — like adding wheelchair ramps, signs in braille and automatic doors and increasing snow clearing for people who are in wheelchairs. 

This past year I went to a centennial meeting, and there was a girl doing the check-in. I said my name, ‘Therese Murray,’ and she replied, ‘The Therese Murray?’ She had just won the award the night before and couldn’t believe I was there in front of her. She wanted to get a picture with me ― that was a confidence boost.”

Therese Murray, Commercial Baking ’83, Business Administration - Accounting ’91 | Key minor official, game day sport statistics, SAIT Trojans 


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