Cultivating Community: Alum Beth McDonald Funk (BSW/16) Returns to Booth UC to Plant New Seeds

Sometimes it’s the small things, the simple things like planting a seed in a garden, that can make the biggest impact and yield the most beautiful fruit.

With this idea in her heart and mind, Beth McDonald Funk (BSW/16) initiated a new chapter of her life. In 2023 she returned to Booth UC as our new Admissions Counsellor, specializing in high school and Salvationist students. After graduating from Booth UC, Beth worked with The Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services, where she honed her skills in helping individuals and communities thrive.

During her time as a student, Beth felt a strong sense of community and support from faculty, staff, and fellow students. She especially enjoyed learning from passionate scholars such as her favourite professor in the social work program, Dr. Alex Sawatsky. She explains that Dr. Sawatsky’s classes were engaging and edifying on both an academic and personal level, helping her see how theory connects to the real world. “Learning from scholars who are passionate in their respective fields of study is what I found exciting as a student – and Booth UC has plenty to offer in this regard.”

Beth also notes the sense of community and belonging she felt at Booth UC. In fact, it is one of the reasons she decided to return, to help maintain that supportive and caring environment for future students.

Returning to Booth UC as a staff member “feels like home”, she says. As an Admissions Counsellor, she is dedicated to guiding students through the application process and helping them decide if Booth UC is the right fit for them. She is also eager to share with others what makes this institution so special.

In addition to her work, Beth has a passion for the environment and strengthening the spiritual connection that human beings have with all of creation. Her love of gardening is rooted in her belief that it is a way to reflect and connect with God. “Planting a seed is about deepening the spiritual connection between humanity, the Earth, and the Creator; it nurtures a sense of peace, purpose, and interconnectedness.” She also tries to find ways to encourage others to connect with nature in their daily lives.

Booth University College is proud to have Beth McDonald Funk as an alumna and as a valuable member of our staff. Her commitment to social work, her dedication to helping others, and her love for gardening and the environment make her an excellent role model for current and future students alike.

This excerpt is from a longer article that is coming in our next Connect Magazine (Summer 2023). Keep an eye out for the rest of Beth’s story!


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