Amid a colourfully decorated hotel ballroom, some 240 people
gathered on Friday, Feb. 25, to celebrate the 80th anniversary
of Memorial University’s founding. Memorial University
was the focus of the Cabot Club Gala, an annual fundraising
event held at the Fairmont Hotel in St. John’s. The
theme of the dinner was Celebrating Memories of Memorial and
the extensive black tie event, complete with five-course meal
and multimedia presentation, honoured the achievements of
Memorial’s students, faculty, staff and alumni.
“Memorial University of Newfoundland has played a significant
role in all aspects of our province,” said Armand Agabab,
general manager of The Fairmont Newfoundland. “We are
honoured to recognize its accomplishments and contributions
by celebrating some of Memorial’s prominent alumni and
“For the past 16 years, the community has shown up in
strong numbers to delight in this evening of pageantry, and
at the same time, contribute to the support of the Children’s
Wish Foundation, Newfoundland Chapter,” Mr. Agabab said.
Over $10,800 was raised by the gala event which included an
impressive array of entertainment and a multimedia presentation.
Honourees of the dinner, brought on the stage in a convocation-like
march, included honorary graduates Dr. Donna Butt, actor and
playwright; Dr. Christopher Pratt, painter and printmaker;
Dr. William Rompkey, deputy leader of the government in the
senate; and Dr. Vic Young; as well as Memorial alumni Dr.
Georgina Hedges, vice-chair, Board of Regents; Dr. Linda Inkpen,
physician; and Frank Fagan, executive vice-president and chief
operating officer, Aliant; and business leaders Gordon Carrick,
vice-president, East Coast, Petro-Canada; and Phil Du Toit,
managing director, Voisey’s Bay Nickel Company Limited.
Memorial alumnus and Telegram publisher Miller Ayre
emceed the event, and past-president of the Cabot Club Françoise
Enguehard, executive director of the 2004 society, handed
over the reins to incoming president Dr. Axel Meisen, president
and vice-chancellor of Memorial University.
Incoming Cabot Club president, Dr. Meisen, praised Ms. Enguehard‘s
work with the Societe 2004 over the last year and noted that
“her legacy will be enhanced recognition throughout
the province and throughout Atlantic Canada of the important
role the francophone population plays in our future.”
He went on to thank the assembled guests and cited recent
monetary gains by the university and province, the Atlantic
Innovation Fund, the Atlantic Accord agreement, he stressed
that “The money is there, we have the people - now let’s
use our ingenuity and build that great university and society
that Joey Smallwood and all of us dreamt about.”
For more information and to see photos of the Cabot Club Celebrations