President's Report 2007

Affinity dinners raise Memorial scholarship funds

General Rick Hillier

Last year, hundreds of alumni and friends of Memorial met in Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary for Newfoundland and Labrador Affinity Dinners. The events help promote Memorial and raise money for scholarships. Developed with the university's Alumni Association, Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador brings together people from various backgrounds. At the Ottawa event in November 2006, Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff, General Rick Hillier, a Memorial graduate from 1975, was keynote speaker. The event was emceed by Newfoundland and Labrador singer and songwriter Damnhait Doyle, who also attended Memorial. Meanwhile, Lt.-Gov. Edward Roberts was the keynote speaker at the Toronto Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador Dinner held on Nov. 15, 2006. Lt.-Gov. Roberts is a former chair of Memorial's Board of Regents and an honorary degree recipient of the university. Actor, writer and comedian Jonny Harris (Hatching, Matching and Dispatching), a graduate from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, was emcee. Rick Mercer and special guest speaker General Hillier regaled a full house at the Newfoundland and Labrador Affinity Dinner in Calgary last June. The proceeds raised during the evening - over $70,000 - will support Memorial scholarships and bursaries.

Meanwhile, ten outstanding alumni of Memorial University of Newfoundland were recognized for their achievements at the 25th Annual Alumni Tribute Awards which were held during October 2006.They included:

Alumni Awards for 2006

Lifetime Achievement Award
FRANK F. FAGAN, BA'79, MBA'82

Horizon Award
MAJOR NICK WITHERS, B.MED.SC.'94, MD'96

J.D. Eaton Award
DR. GEORGINA ANN HEDGES, BA(ED.)'74, BA'78

Outstanding Community Service
BESSIE MERRIGAN, BA(ED.)'86, BA'94, M.ED.'01

Luminus Award
TEAM GUSHUE CURLING TEAM
BRAD GUSHUE, BBA'04, LLD'06; MARK NICHOLS, B.KIN.'05, LLD'06; MIKE ADAM, LLD'06; JAMIE KORAB, LLD'06; RUSS HOWARD, LLD'06; AND TOBY MCDONALD, BA'72, LLD'06