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(December 13, 2001, Gazette)

Laurie Ann O’Brien (BN ‘73) was recently
presented with a prestigious national award. The Canadian Palliative Care Association’s Award of Excellence recognizes just one individual in Canada every year in the field of hospice palliative care. Ms. O’Brien was selected for this year’s award for demonstrating outstanding personal achievement in enhancing the quality of life for patients and families facing a life-threatening illness and/or chronic progressive disease.

Wonderful, warm, dynamic and devilish.

— That’s the way a former professor describes Catherine Roche (B.Comm.‘92), who is featured in the current issue of Atlantic Business Magazine, in the article 10 Cool Women. Ms. Roche, who is profiled as The Corporate Strategist, went from Memorial’s business school to graduate in the top five per cent of her MBA class at Harvard, and is now considered one of the top strategy consultants in the Toronto office of Boston Consulting Group (BCG), an international global consulting firm with over 40 offices worldwide.

The One to Watch in 2002.

— That’s the tagline attached to Marketing Magazine’s profile on St. John’s-based Target Marketing and Communications Inc. — the company of Noel O’Dea (B. Comm. ‘73) — in its 2001 Scouting Report of Canada’s top marketing communications services companies. The kudos comes on the heels of a year that saw Target winning the Air Canada Tango and Irving Oil accounts.


Eaphne Rixon (BA ‘81, B.Comm. ‘86, MBA‘94) recently received the Society of Management Accountants of Newfoundland Fred G. Pike CMA Citizenship Award at the CMA graduation ceremony.

What I do know is that a scattered and ineffectual opposition in these times, with anti-terrorism at home and the world of cauldron abroad, is the very worse time to have half a parliament: a government that doesn’t give a damn and an opposition that isn’t worth one.

— Rex Murphy (BA ‘66, D. Litt. ‘97) on the upcoming Canadian Alliance leadership race.

All the evidence is that people get so caught up in a conversation that it becomes a hazard.

— Walter Noel (BA ‘66) on proposed legislation that would make Newfoundland and Labrador the first province to ban talking on cell phones while driving.

Jerry Ropson (BFA ‘01, Grenfell College) is working with the South East Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in Bangkok, Thailand. From Pollards Point, NF, Mr. Ropson attributes the international employment opportunity to contacts he made through Memorial University and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. In particular, he’s involved with SEAMEO’s project in archaeology and fine arts, helping the group re-organize and re-direct exhibition space, as well as design of posters and other creative work. His main project is planning and implementing a South-East Asian, Public Art Workshop/Seminar/Exhibition to be held her in Bangkok in March, 2002.

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