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September 18 , 2003

Alumni Tribute Award
recipients announced

Wayne Thistle
Wayne Thistle’s lasting impact on the university has been recognized by the alumni association.

By Wade Kearley
Wayne Thistle may have moved on, but his contributions to the university are not forgotten. As winner of the alumni association's J.D. Eaton Award for volunteer service to Memorial, he will be one of five outstanding alumni to be recognized next month.

Gary Peddle, president of the Alumni Association of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Dr. Linda Inkpen, chair of the Alumni Tribute Awards, announced the 2003 award recipients last week. They will be formally recognized at a gala dinner to be held at R. Gushue Hall, St. John’s Campus, on Thursday, Oct.16. Anyone wishing to attend is urged to book their tickets early.

Recipients of the 2003 Alumni Tribute Awards include: Lifetime Achievement Award: Former Chief Justice T. Alec Hickman, OC, QC, LLD and Memorial University College ’44; Horizon Award: Stephen Kent, BBA’01; Outstanding Professional Achievement: Lt.-Gen. Rick Hillier, B.Sc.’76; 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.

“The selection process was challenging,” said Mr. Peddle. “We had 39 exceptional nominees for these five awards and all the nominees deserve to be applauded for their contributions to society. I hope that these awards will serve as a source of encouragement for the recipients and as a significant sign that their work is not passing unnoticed either by their university or by their fellow alumni.”

Dr. Inkpen added, “This is my second year as chair of the Alumni Tribute Awards and I feel privileged to be part of a process that recognizes the contributions of such remarkable people. This province, our country and indeed the world are enriched by the life and work of the thoughtful and dedicated people who have graduated from Memorial University. The Alumni Tribute Awards give us an opportunity to focus on a few of these individuals and to share their stories of service, achievement and dedication with the world.”

The Alumni Tribute Awards gala, an evening of fine dining and music honouring these remarkable alumni, is a showcase for the Celebrate Memorial festivities. Tickets cost $50. Tables of eight are available and there are a range of sponsorship opportunities. 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



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