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REF NO.: 19

SUBJECT: Affinity events celebrate Memorial and Newfoundland and Labrador

DATE: Sept. 27

Memorial University alumni and friends recently gathered at the Arcadian Loft in downtown Toronto to celebrate all things Memorial at the annual Toronto Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador celebration.
Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial, said Affinity Celebrations help connect old classmates and colleagues, while raising funds for student scholarships.
“We are an engaged university,” said Dr. Kachanoski. “Each gathering offers an opportunity for alumni and friends to meet and share the culture and camaraderie of our province. Affinity Celebrations also have an immense impact on Memorial’s students as all net proceeds go to student scholarships. These scholarships now support 33 students annually and they continue to grow.”
Guests enjoyed a Newfoundland and Labrador-themed menu and an energetic toe-tapping performance by the highly acclaimed Newfoundland folk band The Dardanelles.
“There’s an old saying in Newfoundland and Labrador – there are no strangers, only people you haven’t met yet. That rings especially true for Memorial University alumni and friends,” noted Dr. Kachanoski.
Memorial University hosts Affinity Celebrations in several locations across Canada and beyond, including Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and London, England. Memorial’s success is based on every faction of society – individuals, groups, organizations and government – working together. 

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