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Student gains Olympic experience

Linda Kunashko

Event Management - Event and Exhibit Design student Linda Kunashko is putting the skills she’s learned at Seneca to good use at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Linda is currently in Sochi with the Canadian Olympic Committee as a volunteer at the Canada Olympic House.

She is thrilled to be at the Olympics — in fact, it's been on her mind for a while. Last August, her design for Seneca's annual Inspired Spaces Tabletop Competition was inspired by the Olympics. The competition showcases the creativity of the students to create unique and inspiring themed events displayed in a 10' x 10' booth space.

Olympic-themed booth

Linda proves it's never too late to pursue your passion. After an award-winning career in pharmaceutical sales, like countless other baby boomers, she looks forward to working for years to come and decided to switch careers so she could one day work for herself while doing something she loves.

Olympic rings at night

The Event Management  graduate certificate program fit the bill. She thought it would be a good opportunity to blend her business skills and creative side and jump into an in-demand industry.

Students learn how to plan, budget, source and create decor, props and visuals for a host of events and exhibits, such as galas, festivals, parades and trade shows. It includes a field placement and hands-on industry experience.

Since beginning the full-time graduate program in May, Linda has worked alongside some of the best in the industry, volunteering at the Griffin Poetry Awards, Best Buddies Canada and CANFAR (Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research). She also led the team from Seneca helping with the Canada's Walk of Fame Festival in September.

flags of the world

Oylmpic photos by Linda Kunashko