Geography major Sarah Halliday was recently named one of only two nationwide recipients of the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellows in Advancement for 2013-14. She will be working with Memorial’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Development and the Division of Marketing and Communications for the one year, following her upcoming convocation. “I am looking forward to joining the Advancement team, an organization that prides itself on enhancing student life and education by relieving some of the financial burden off of Memorial students,” said Sarah.
“I first became interested in advancement, specifically fundraising, through my involvement with Rotaract, a group consisting of young professionals who complete service and fundraising projects to help the betterment of humanity,” explained Sarah. “Through my involvement I see the generosity of many who help make our efforts a success."
Advancement is an important issue for colleges and universities across Canada. As Sarah noted, “The overarching mission of Canadian colleges and universities is to ensure the distribution of new knowledge and to educate students for careers. Advancement departments support the mission of Canadian colleges and universities by engaging with the community to form partnerships with individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations and government. For this reason, advancement is crucial in order for advancement departments to continue to support the mission of universities.”
Sarah credits Geography for some of her success. “Geography has helped me in so many aspects of my life. The discipline is all encompassing and provides a holistic outlook on things. Most importantly it taught me how to think critically.” She added, “This diverse education gives me an understanding of the cultural and social issues existing in different regions; tools I hope to bring to the field of advancement at MUN.”
Sarah is quite excited about her fellowship and the opportunity to stay active within the Memorial community. “One goal I hope to achieve throughout my fellowship year is to develop new exciting ways to engage with young alumni,” she continued. “Being a young alumnus myself, I can relate with the struggles of not having the means to become a major financial contributor right away. However, building reciprocal relationships today and ensuring that young alumni are engaged in meaningful ways can result in lifelong relationships.”
You can read more about Sarah and her exciting fellowship on today.mun.ca.