One World Gala

The award-winning One World Alumni Awards presented by TD Insurance are designed to align with the strategic priorities of Saint Mary’s University. Students and alumni of Saint Mary’s are making meaningful impact in their communities, be it on campus or all over the world, which speaks to our strategic priority of value and values, emphasizing the Santamarian values of student leadership, social responsibility, and cultural diversity.

The intentional reinvigoration of our Latin motto, Age Quod Agis, meaning “do what you do” has become a call to action to our entire Santamarian community. The One World Alumni Awards strive to recognize these efforts.

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Nomination forms for 2018

Nominations forms for the 2018 One World Alumni Awards are due on February 26th, 2018. Please email your nomination form to

Candidates will be contacted in mid-March. The Awards will be given during the One World Alumni Awards Gala in October 2018 (date to be announced).

The 2017 One World Alumni Awards:

Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlantic and Saint Mary's Conflict Resolution Society each received a $7,500 Award presented by TD Insurance. 
Phoenix Youth Programs and Saint Mary's National Model United Nations each received a $2,000 Award presented by the Saint Mary's University Students' Association (SMUSA) and Manulife. 

Congratulations to the finalists in the 2017 One World Awards! 

Ronald McDonald House Charities and SMU representatives

Conflict Resolution Society and Saint Mary's University representatives


Read more about the Awards Gala here.

Alumni Awards

The One World Alumni Awards Gala is also when the annual alumni awards are presented for Alumni Volunteer of the Year, Young Alumnus of the Year, Associate Alumni of the Year, and Distinguished Community Service.

The Alumni Award recepients for 2017 are featured below.

Nomination forms for the 2018 Alumni Awards will be available in February 2018.

Distinguished Community Service

Dr. Michael Durland BComm'87 DComm'10 & Catherine Durland BComm'87

Dr. Michael and Catherine Durland have a special connection to Saint Mary’s, and after years of career success and community service, chose to support the students of Saint Mary’s University through the Durland Innovation Fund. Mike and Catherine are both from small-town Nova Scotia and met while studying at Saint Mary’s in the 1980s. They were enrolled in the Commerce program and graduated in 1987 – Catherine majoring in Accounting and Michael in Finance.

After graduating, Mike went on to Queen’s University where he earned his PhD in Finance and Operations Research. He began a successful career with Scotiabank in 1993, leaving in 2016 as Group Head and CEO of Global Banking & Markets. The leave was sparked by his desire to return to academia and join Catherine in community building. In 2010, he was given an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University for his leadership, dedication to the community, and commitment to business excellence.

The Durland Innovation Fund launched in 2015 to support students in the Sobey School of Business  Masters of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MTEI) program. The graduate program is positioned to close the gaps in existing business practices and educate students for cutting-edge technology. Each year, the Innovation Fund provides awards to the top three teams from the MTEI program. Students develop innovative technology start-up companies and present promising new ventures to a panel of rigorous industry judges. The Durlands are strong believers in growing Nova Scotia’s economy through entrepreneurship and innovation. To further support the MTEI program, they worked with Scotiabank to secure a $1.5 million Scotiabank Professorship in Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Currently, the pair operate Melancthon Capital, a private company which provides capital and advisory services to socially purposeful emerging Canadian companies. Mike is President and CEO, Catherine is CFO. Mike also holds the position of Professor of Practice at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, is the Chair of the Board of Directors of, and is a founding principal in Cabot Links. He serves on the boards of TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture, the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation and Capitalize for Kids. He is a member of the Business Strategy Committee for the Global Risk Institute, a member of advisory boards for Riipen Networks Inc, the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, the Center for Social Impact at Queen’s University and the Master of Management Analytics Program at Queen’s University.


Paul Lynch Volunteer of the Year

John Sime BComm'08

John Sime receives his award from Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, Erin Sargeant-Greenwood, Lisa Lynch, and Dianne Lynch-Dodsworth


After graduating from Saint Mary’s in 2008, John Sime spent several years travelling and working abroad before he chose to move to Toronto to begin his career in marketing. When he arrived and began adjusting to a new city, he realized he was lacking connections and sought out networking opportunities. He found the East Coast Connected organization which connects alumni of East Coast universities through events and fundraising. There he learned about the Saint Mary’s Toronto Alumni Chapter and began attending events. Over the past several years he has become more involved with the Chapter, eventually taking over from the former Chapter President. Now he is the main contact for alumni events and activities in Toronto, and a welcoming connection for new graduates moving to the city.

John majored in Marketing while at the same time working as a reservist with Canadian Forces’ Intelligence Branch. During his time as a student he earned a Homburg International Mobility Scholarship which allowed him to study abroad at the Rouen Business School in France. This was just the beginning of worldwide travel for John - after graduating he completed contracts with the military in Germany, Yellowknife and Ottawa before spending some time in Australia. He moved back to Canada in 2010 and began working at a start up. After the company was sold to a competitor he spent almost two years at a boutique advertising agency. He then focused on user experience and platform development while working at Publicis Canada and Nurun, where he became Account Director on several large accounts. With that experience under his belt, he joined FCV Interactive, an agency based out of Vancouver with offices in Halifax and Toronto, which focuses on digital strategy and platform development. He is now the Director of Client Strategy and Business Development for FCV Interactive. In 2014, he left the military and earned his Communications and Advertising Accredited Professional (CAAP) designation through the Institute of Communications Agencies in Toronto.

Young Alumnus of the Year

Harry Ezenibe BA'14

Harry Ezenibe receives his award from Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray and Erin Sargeant-Greenwood

Harry Ezenibe grew up in Kano City, Northern Nigeria. A region that experienced constant religious conflict. He found a passion and safe haven in playing basketball. His basketball journey eventually brought him to Saint Mary’s University and he continues to live his passion in sharing basketball with youth around the world through the HarryCares Foundation.

Harry was first noticed for his basketball abilities in 2004 and was recruited to play at a number of schools in the United States but experienced issues with his student Visa. He remained in Nigeria and focused on working with the Adolescent Health and Information Project which provides opportunities for youth empowerment and community development. From 2007-2009 he was an exchange athlete, first in France, then in Serbia, and lastly for the Eurocamp in Italy.  In 2009, Harry reached out to his childhood friend Ikeobi Uchegbu, who was studying at Saint Mary’s University and playing for the Huskies. He had always wanted to pursue higher education, and Saint Mary’s provided him that opportunity. Head Coach Ross Quackenbush and Assistant Coach Jonah Taussig helped him through the admissions and Visa process, and later that year he arrived in Halifax.

He became a successful student athlete and remained focused on community development and youth leadership. He achieved three-time CIS Academic All Canadian standing and was recognized with multiple awards including the Ken Shields Award which recognizes excellence in athletics, academics, and community service. In 2014, he graduated with a double major in Sociology and Criminology with a Concentration in Co-op Education. He then moved to Toronto where he has since been realizing his dreams in working with the NBA. As an NBA contact, he currently oversees the player assignment and recall process for the Toronto Raptors Development Team, Raptors 905 who won the 2017 NBA-DLeague championship.

He continues to run the HarryCares Foundation (HCF), whose mission is “Using basketball as a tool for youth empowerment and community development, education and peace”. The Foundation has hosted the annual HarryCares basketball tournament in Halifax since 2013. It works to empower youth in Africa through the Peace Ambassadors Project by creating the awareness of peace and conflict resolution in Northern Nigeria while helping to grow the game of basketball. Other HFC projects include the Bigger Than Hoop Dreams Tournament, basketball camps and clinics, HarryCares Book Drive, and the ongoing Sponsor a Child Project which has given three Nigerian students a full year of academic opportunity. The Foundation has reached more than 500 youths, and continues to work on establishing opportunities for youth in Nigeria to attend school in Canada and other parts of the world.  


Associate Alumni of the Year

Dr. Patricia Bradshaw


Dr. Pat Bradshaw receives her award from Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray and Erin Sargeant-Greenwood

Dr. Pat Bradshaw came to Saint Mary’s University in 2012 as Dean of the Sobey School of Business and has since become an inspiring leader to students, faculty, and alumni. She has worked tirelessly to grow the Sobey School into an internationally renowned business school with a focus on community engagement. She takes time to get to know the students of Saint Mary’s, and can be found talking to students at events and in the hallways between classes. As Sobey students cross the stage at convocation she offers them a handshake, a high five, or a hug, whichever they prefer - she often gets hugs.

Prior to becoming Dean at Saint Mary’s University, Pat spent most of her career with York University in the Business Faculty, and also held an appointment in the Women’s Studies Graduate Program. She earned her Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in 1986, and her PhD in Organizational Behaviour from York University in 1986. Her research and scholarly writing focuses on the non-profit sector and feminism in business. She found it easy to match these passions with the values of the Sobey School – making impact with purpose. Under her direction, the Sobey School proudly follows the United Nation’s Principles of Responsible Management Education.

During her time at Saint Mary’s, Pat has become closely involved with the Enactus team and Commerce Society. She also sits on the National Board for Enactus. She has travelled to competitions with the team and is one of their greatest champions. She sees beyond what students do in the classroom, and encourages them to find leadership qualities within themselves. She has supported students individually in professional development, allowing them to travel to case competitions, networking events, and leadership summits. She says it’s the history and culture of commitment & caring that makes her proud to be part of the Saint Mary’s community. She has worked with so many students who are appreciative of her guidance and leadership, and is humbled to meet successful alumni all around the world who share their special Saint Mary’s stories with her.


Associate Alumni of the Year

Lawrence Freeman, Q.C.

Larry Freeman receives his award from Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray and Erin Sargeant-Greenwood

Larry Freeman is a well-known Halifax lawyer who has dedicated much of his time and expertise to organizations in Nova Scotia. Married to Former Lieutenant Governor the Honourable Myra Freeman, he has provided countless hours of public service and has been involved with numerous causes and associations that help to improve the lives of Nova Scotians.

He currently sits on the Saint Mary’s University Board of Governors where he is Chair of the Property Committee, and member of the Finance, Governance, and Executive Committees. In this role, he contributes to decision making that benefits Saint Mary’s students and helps to secure the future of the institution. He is currently the Chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation for Nova Scotia.

A current Partner in Corporate Commercial Law with Stewart McKelvey, Larry earned his Bachelor of Law in 1973 from Dalhousie University and worked with a handful of firms in Halifax throughout his career. One of his career achievements was providing legal counsel to the Nova Scotia Government in developing and implementing a high performance ambulance service in Nova Scotia. Larry has volunteered with a diverse portfolio of non-profit organizations including the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Phoenix House, Nova Theatre of the Performing Arts, and Parks Canada during their Centennial fundraising. One of his current projects with Saint Mary’s is working with a committee of executives to determine future fundraising campaign goals and strategy. 

He is very involved with the Atlantic Jewish community as President of the Atlantic Jewish Council for four years. He also held the role of Vice President for the Atlantic Region of the Canadian Jewish Congress and was Director for the Canada Israel Committee.

Other associations and committees he has worked with include the Community Leadership Advisory Council to the Admiral, Maritime Forces, Halifax Police Commission, Halifax Community College, Halifax Race Relations Committee, the Hong Kong Canada Business Association, Panel for Federal Municipal Grants Appeal Tribunal, and the Specialist Committee Advising the Government of Canada on the disposition of the Canada Communications Group.


Associate Alumni of the Year

Shirley Boudreau

Shirley Boudreau receives her award from Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray and Erin Sargeant-Greenwood

Shirley Boudreau is a familiar face to many at Saint Mary’s University. You can find her at the C-Store every morning at 7:30, where she has served students for 33 years. Shirley began working at Saint Mary’s in 1984. She quickly felt at home, and loves the caring and helpful nature of the school. She worked in the former on-campus store which has changed locations and names from Orange County to EZ-Go, To Go, and now the C-Store.

To Shirley, coming to Saint Mary’s every day doesn’t feel like work. Her store is one of the busiest spots on campus, always full of friendly chatter. She prides herself on being a shoulder to lean on for first year students, many of whom have moved away from home for the first time and are adjusting to life in university. For some students, Shirley is their on-campus mom, offering a voice of reason amongst the fun and stress of university. With three children and seven grandchildren of her own, it’s a role she’s happy to play.

You will always see someone stopped at the store to catch up with Shirley, whether it’s a student, faculty or staff member, or an alumni who is back on campus. She remembers people and loves getting to know them. Although she turned 70 earlier this year and her husband has been retired for a number of years, Shirley finds no reason to leave as she truly loves being a part of the Saint Mary’s community.

Shirley has achieved 20 years of perfect attendance at the C-store, and she has the plaques to prove it. Winter snow storms are no trouble for her, as she opts to sleep in the Chaplaincy Centre on campus rather than make the early morning trip from Cole Harbour. She believes in being there for students and has Santamarian qualities of community engagement and giving back.




One World Award Past Recipients





Laing House








Junior achievement

Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia



The Empathy Factory



Catapult leadership

Catapult Leadership Society



Wadeng Wings of Hope