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Affinity events celebrate Memorial and Newfoundland and Labrador

The Once performing at the Halifax Affinity celebration.


By Jennifer Batten

Memorial University alumni and friends recently gathered in bustling downtown Toronto and historic Halifax to celebrate all things Memorial at the annual Toronto and Halifax Affinity celebrations.

The events brought together old classmates and colleagues as well as new friends to network and enjoy an evening filled with the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. Guests at both events enjoyed a Newfoundland-inspired menu and an energetic, unforgettable performance by highly acclaimed Newfoundland folk trio The Once.

Four-time Memorial graduate and Toronto resident Barry Canning opened the Toronto Affinity celebration Sept. 20 with the Ode to Newfoundland, with many proudly singing along. Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial's president and vice-chancellor, thanked the group in Toronto and noted the increasing success of Memorial's Affinity events.

"Every year, we host Affinity celebrations across Canada. And every year, I am increasingly proud of the incredible network of dedicated alumni who are making their mark and representing Memorial University in the wider world," he said.

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic was the picturesque backdrop for the Halifax Affinity event on Sept. 27.

Dr. Kachanoski briefly reflected on the recent Reunion 2012 celebrations and shared the news of the success of Memorial's Dare To fundraising campaign, noting that "the campaign, and your contributions, will have a positive impact on the lives of countless students and faculty for many years to come."

Memorial University hosts Affinity celebrations in several locations across Canada and beyond, including Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and London, England. The events bring together alumni and friends to celebrate a shared affinity for Memorial University and for Newfoundland and Labrador. Proceeds from the events support scholarships and bursaries at the university.