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Alumni Awards Gala Pairs Individual Honours with Community Support

14 October, 2016

Fostering a culture of civic engagement and social responsibility, Santamarians and community organizations were showcased and celebrated last night at the award-winning Saint Mary’s University One World Alumni Awards Gala.

Among the many highlights of the evening was the announcement of the One World Award recipient. Laing House, a Halifax drop-in centre for young people living with mood disorders, psychoses, and/or anxiety disorders, took home the top prize of $10,000 thanks to widespread community support. Laing House’s mission is to empower youth living with mental illness through innovative youth engagement and peer support. This grant, sponsored by TD Insurance, will help them enhance their daily programming for their members. Easter Seals Nova Scotia and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada each received $2,500.

“The One World Alumni Awards are a great chance for our university to recognize community members – and in particular, university alumni – who are making a real difference in our global community,” says Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, President and Vice-Chancellor of Saint Mary’s.

In addition to announcing the 2016 winner of the One World Award, Saint Mary’s University’s One World Alumni Awards Gala paid tribute to six outstanding alumni who exemplify the Saint Mary’s ethos of social responsibility and civic engagement.

Marsha Sobey BEd'82 and Rick Butler BA'69 each received a Distinguished Community Service Award in acknowledgement of their exceptional community contributions.

Marsha Sobey was recognized for her profound impact on many importance causes in Nova Scotia through her work with many charities and not-for-profit organizations including Landmark East School, the Children’s Wish Foundation and the IWK Health Centre.

“It’s a real honour to receive this award and is only made possible with the work of many volunteers,” says Sobey. “Thanks to Saint Mary’s University. It’s a really great school.”

Rick Butler was acknowledged for longstanding involvement in the Saint Mary’s University community including serving as the Alumni Council President from 1980-1981, sitting on the Board of Governors, and his endless support of Huskies athletics and the Sport Hall of Fame. He is also a pillar in the community, dedicating his time to organizations such as St. Vincent De Paul Society, Hope Cottage, and the Pan Am Games.

“This recognition is warmly accepted,” says Butler. “My small contributions to a number of organizations make me thankful to others who find the time to commit their talents to so many worthy causes.”

The University was also proud to honour Mike McKenzie (BComm'80) as Volunteer of the Year, Erica Sosnowski (EMBA'15) as Young Alumni of the Year, and Dr. David Gauthier, as Associate Alumni of the Year.  Sobey School of Business professor Dr. Thomas Kozloski was also recognized as the 2016 recipient of the Father William A. Stewart, S.J. Medal for Excellence in Teaching.