Seven outstanding Saint Mary’s University alumni were honoured last night, Oct. 12, as part of the 2017 One World Alumni Awards Gala.
“Saint Mary’s alumni are leaders in our communities and the One World Gala is when we celebrate their accomplishments,” said Erin Sargeant Greenwood, vice-president of Advancement. “I want to congratulate all of our award winners this year, and thank them for their continued dedication to our university.”
The alumni gala is when the annual alumni awards are presented for: Alumni Volunteer of the Year, Young Alumnus of the Year, Associate Alumni of the Year, and Distinguished Community Service.
This year’s winners include:
- Dr. Michael Durland, BComm’87, DComm’10, and Catherine Durland, BComm’87, winners of the Distinguished Community Service Award;
- John Sime, BComm’08, winner of the Paul Lynch Volunteer of the Year Award;
- Harry Ezenibe, BA’14, winner of the Young Alumnus of the Year Award; and
- Dr. Pat Bradshaw, dean of the Sobey School of Business, Larry Freeman, Q.C., and Shirley Boudreau, winners of the Associate Alumni of the Year Award.
In addition to the individual awards are the One World Awards, given to an external charity and a Saint Mary’s student society that is working on a charitable project.
This year’s One World Award winners are: Ronald McDonald House Atlantic and Saint Mary’s Conflict Resolution Society. Both winners received a $7,500 prize.
The two runner-ups, Phoenix Youth and Saint Mary’s Model UN, received an unexpected but pleasant surprise. Their generous $1,000 prize sponsored by Manulife was matched by the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association (SMUSA), ensuring both organizations went home with $2,000.
The One World Alumni Awards are presented by TD Insurance and Saint Mary’s University. The awards emphasize Saint Mary’s Santamarian values of student leadership, social responsibility, and cultural diversity.