John Daman has all the credentials of a visionary in the making. This B.Sc./04 graduate is back on campus as a student in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. While studying towards his degree in Athletic Therapy and applying to Medical School, John also serves as the President of the Students Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Studies (SAHPER). Among his many activities, he also dedicated his time to spearheading the referendum all Kinesiology students participated in this year. Under his leadership, students in Kinesiology and Recreation Management are now making a donation of $120 each, above and beyond their annual tuition, to support their faculty endowment fund and student initiative fund. Their donations will total more than $165,000 over the next three years.
Besides school work, what keeps you close to the University of Manitoba?
My family and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. I have never before experienced such a positive and supportive group of staff and faculty members. This faculty is like a family to me and I will always want to come back here, whether it is for interdisciplinary reasons or otherwise.
What has been your favourite class at the University of Manitoba?
Exercise Physiology with Dr. Giesbrecht (aka Professor Popsicle). He uses a lot of his personal research as examples in the course (i.e. how the cold affects the body).
Which living person do you most admire?
My dad because of the morals he instilled in me, his faith in me, his success in life and his ability to look at any situation in a positive light.
What is your vision of happiness?
To have a career that you can define yourself by. One that makes you happy but doesn’t feel like a job to you.
What do you dislike the most?
Dishonesty and greed. My values don’t allow tolerance for those.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Hunger. No one should have to go to bed hungry. It doesn’t make sense for people to starve when there’s enough food on this planet.
What’s your view on philanthropy?
I think what defines someone the best is how one gives back. It doesn’t always have to be financially, you can give back knowledge by teaching and conducting research.
What is your proudest moment?
When the bell rang to start the Medical MMI (multi-mini interview - for entrance into the Faculty of Medicine). I was happy to just be there and be one step closer to what I really want to do.
When are you the most happy?
When I’m spending the weekend with my family and enjoying red wine.
What is your favourite pastime?
Going to the gym and staying healthy. It’s right up there with spending time with close friends and family.