Phoebe DeCiman, B.A. Psychology, B.A. Political Science Hons, (Regina)
Director of Sector Program Development, Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education
Phoebe graduated from Campion College in 2003 and 2005.
Phoebe believes that Campion made university a richer experience. She found a balance between sports, student leadership and her studies. Students have an upper hand in other ways:
“…I loved that I was able to register for classes without the hassle that I would hear from my colleagues going through the regular U of R process… The class sizes were manageable and a good way to transition to University. Also, the professors got to know you on a first name basis which helps integrate you into the community and not feel lost on campus.”
She recalls the impact one English professor had on her, “Mr. MacDonald was a great English professor… He was energetic, positive and expected us to be at our best in presenting our critiques and arguments. He also wore a lab coat to class, which was pretty cool.”
Also, the influence of her basketball coach: “Christine Stapleton was a big influence on me… Her commitment to excellence and strong work ethic is something I still carry with me to this day. She helped us push ourselves to beyond what we thought was possible and taught us what it took to be champions.”
Phoebe became Captain of the U of R’s championship basketball team during her senior years on the team and also President of the Students’ Union from 2003 to 2005. She competed at various Canadian National Basketball Championships as an team Saskatchewan athlete and eventually as a provincial team coach from 2005 to 2009. As part of the Canadian National Basketball Women's Team, Phoebe competed internationally in Russia, Spain, USA and Brazil. She is grateful to her coaches and teammates: “I am so proud to have been part of such incredible teams who taught me so much on how to win and lose with grace, respect and humility.”
In the future, Phoebe hopes to advance her career in the Public Service. She hopes that taking on more senior leadership roles will position her to help address many societal, environmental and economic issues she sees as interconnected.
She gives back by coaching with the Saskatchewan Provincial Basketball Program and other camps in Saskatchewan and Alberta. She speaks publicly about her personal growth through sports and her experiences both living and eventually working in conflict zones. She has been a speaker at the University of Regina Women in Leadership Conference, Women in Business Forum and inspires youngsters at local elementary and high schools.
Above all, Phoebe’s greatest motivation to be an example to her family: her siblings, her husband Mark and their three kids: Ayana, Rhodes, and their newest, Layla: “They inspire me everyday and why I am so passionate about my work in the public service. What we do on a daily basis affects them and I want to continue to be part of strong teams that make our community a better place to live and work.”