Whether they are delivering food for Meals on Wheels in St. John's or governing the province; negotiating in the business towers of Toronto and Geneva or innoculating babies in Angola; fostering the growth of not-for-profits in the hills of Afghanistan or preserving Bay Roberts' heritage; accepting state honours in China for engineering excellence or receiving the Order of Canada at Government House; Memorial alumni are making a difference. Through their vision, action and innovation, they serve worldwide as leaders for social and economic growth and development.
In 2002 the alumni association of Memorial University developed the newly expanded alumni tribute awards to better recognize the inspiring work of Memorial alumni. Mr. John Kearsey, director of Alumni Affairs and Development for the university supports the work of the association. "Throughout the year we hear stories, or experience first hand, the amazing work that our 45,000 alumni are doing in every sector of the economy, here in the province, across the country and around the world. This new program highlights some of these individuals and shares their stories of service, achievement, and philanthropy." Over the past 20 years the association has recognized 20 outstanding alumni from Harry Steele in 1982 to Noel Veitch in 2001. "These new awards will enable us to recognize more remarkable individuals each year at very different stages of their lives in very different sectors," says Mr. Kearsey.
The new awards include Alumnus of the year for Lifetime achievement; the Horizon Achievement Award for alumni aged 35 years and under; the J.D. Eaton Award for outstanding volunteer service to Memorial; the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award; and the Outstanding Community Volunteer Service Award.