President's Report 2006 | Alumni

Giving Back is Natural

Dr. Wayne Gulliver

President of the MUN Medical Graduates? Society since 2003, Dr. Wayne Gulliver is a fundraising leader for the Faculty of Medicine. Since 1982, he?s organized innovative challenges including the recent "one thousand thousands? campaign inviting medical graduates with an established practice to donate $1,000 to Memorial?s Faculty of Medicine.

Growing up in a family of 10 children just north of Rabbittown (the apartments on the north side of Empire Avenue), my back garden included Memorial University?s St. John?s campus. As a young boy on hot summer days I rode my bike through the fountain next to the chemistry building (that?s been gone for a long time! The fountain that is, not the building). I made extra money selling Freshie (a.k.a. Kool-Aid) to men who were working up a thirst as they constructed the temporary buildings (I think temporary turned out to be some 30 years! There are still a few of those buildings grafted onto the south side of the Science building). My family would occasionally make the trek to pick the blueberries that grew abundantly in the valley up behind the medical school.We also went there several times to cut down the sticky balsam firs that became our Christmas tree. (Were we really allowed to do that?)

In my 11 years at Memorial University of Newfoundland I completed three degrees including a B.Sc. in chemistry, a B.Med.Sc. and an M.D. I also continued my medical training there. I did a rotating internship and, in addition to that, completed two years of internal medicine.

My education would not have been possible without the strong support of my family and my friends. Another key to my education was the guidance and inspiration of many of the university professors who helped me along my chosen way, gifted people and skilled educators and mentors like Dr. Alan Stein, Mrs. Kay Matthews, Dr. Al Cox, Dr. Ian Bowmer, Dr. David Hawkins, Dr.Wallace Ingram and Dr. Brian Payton, to name a few.

Not only was Memorial a playground for my youth and a place for my education, it was also the place where I met a very special person. It was during my rotating internship that I first met Beverly Cuff, B.Sc.?82. Now, Beverly my wife, our three children and I have a comfortable and wonderful life, which is partly attributable to my time spent at Memorial. For a number of years now I have been involved and committed to finding ways to be of service to the place that gave so much to me.

For me, that means giving back, whether it is by volunteering as president of the Medical Graduate Society, or by making donations to the Faculty of Medicine of $2,000 per year, or to the Faculty of Arts (where my eldest daughter is now enrolled) of $20,000 over four years. It just seems like the right thing to do. That feeling of connectedness is also part of the reason why, as chair and chief medical director of NewLab Clinical Research, I am committed to a business Collaborative Research Agreement with Memorial University?s Faculty of Science to the value of $250,000.

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are known to be generous contributors to charities and in our home, Memorial tops the list of charities we regularly contribute to. We have a pride in the institution which has given us so much and feel it only natural to give something back.