Memorial alumni gather in Ottawa and Toronto
By Dawn Roche
The Ottawa affinity dinner featured alumna Moya Greene, president and CEO of Canada Post. (Photo submitted)
Over 450 alumni and friends of Memorial University and the province gathered in Ottawa on Nov. 5 while another 160 met in Toronto on Nov. 8 for the annual Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador dinners.
Now in its seventh year, the sold-out Ottawa affinity dinner featured alumna Moya Greene, president and CEO of Canada Post, who discussed the success of the corporation and the future plans for modernization over the next five years.
Emcee Seamus O’Regan of CTV’s Canada AM introduced Dr. Axel Meisen, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University, who received a standing ovation for the achievements and transformations that have taken place at the university since his term began just over eight years ago.
In Toronto, the snowy weather didn’t put a damper on the third annual Toronto affinity dinner, where almost $10,000 was raised for Memorial scholarships. Emceed by actor and comedian Jonny Harris, audience members had plenty of laughs throughout the evening. The highlight of the evening was the address by keynote speaker Dr. Scott Hand, who shared his memories as CEO of Inco Limited.
Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador dinners are held to celebrate the success of Memorial’s alumni and to encourage support for the university and its students. With a focus on this province, guests join together to rekindle old friendships, to develop potential business opportunities, and to raise scholarship funds for deserving Memorial students. Affinity dinners are organized by alumni and friends of Memorial in conjunction with Memorial’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Development.
Similar events were held in Calgary earlier this year with another planned in London, U.K., at the House of Commons on Nov. 29 with Lyse Doucet, presenter and correspondent for BBC World television and BBC World Service.