| Lt.-Gen. Rick Hillier
Just 10 days after being named
commander of the NATO-led troops in Kabul, Afghanistan, Memorial
University alumnus Lt.-Gen. Rick Hillier (B.Sc. '76) will
visit the St. John's campus to pick up an Alumni Tribute Award
for Outstanding Professional Achievement.
Lt.-Gen. Hillier's appointment was announced on Oct. 6; Memorial
will recognize him for his achievements (along with four other
outstanding alumni) at a gala dinner at R. Gushue Hall on
In Kabul, Lt.-Gen. Hillier will head a multinational force
that includes almost 2,000 Canadian troops. John McCallum,
minister of national defence, said Lt.-Gen. Hillier's extensive
command experience (which includes command of one of Bosnia's
three multinational divisions) makes him an ideal choice for
Lt.-Gen. Hillier is currently serving as chief of the land
staff at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. He will
assume command of the International Security Assistance Force
in Afghanistan in February 2004.
The Alumni Tribute Awards gala is part of Celebrate Memorial
2003, an annual festival of events celebrating Memorial's
significant community presence and contribution. Other recipients
of this year's Alumni Tribute Awards include: Lifetime Achievement
Award: Former Chief Justice T. Alec Hickman, OC, QC, LLD (Memorial
University College '44); Horizon Award: Stephen Kent, BBA'01;
Outstanding Community Service Award: Maj. Dr. G. Dawn Howse,
B.Med.Sci.'76, MD'78; J. D. Eaton Award: Wayne Thistle, QC,
B.Ed.'68, B.Sc.(Hons)'68, MA'71.
Tickets to the event cost $50; proceeds support the Memorial
University Scholarship fund. For more information or to book
your tickets call Alumni Affairs and Development at 737-4354
or 1-877-700-4081or email firstname.lastname@example.org.