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Loyalist Alumni Association Plans for New Year

December 20, 2007

Executive of Loyalist College Alumni Association Develop Exciting Plans for New Year

In November, the Loyalist College Alumni Association held its holiday celebration and Annual General Meeting (AGM). Plans were also made for the Alumni Homecoming in June 2008, as part of the College’s 40th Anniversary celebration. The Homecoming will be held following the College Convocation ceremonies on the weekend of June 13th. Loyalist graduates are invited to return to campus to relive special memories, renew past friendships and discover the exciting changes that Loyalist has undergone in the past four decades.

The AGM included the Alumni Executive election. Members of the 2008 executive include:

Mary Brodie, Information Systems 1978, President,

Brian Miller, Accounting 1972, Vice-President,

Alan McAlpine, Business Administration 1973, Past-President,

and, Alumni Executive Officers:

Linda Serres, Small Business Office Automation 2002,

Lyndsay Parker, Television Broadcasting Specialist 2001,

Margaret Ogden, Business Administration 2005,

Samantha O’Dell, Social Service Worker 2006,

Meghan Lee-Davison, Social Service Worker 2004,

Peter Rooke, Business Administration 1973, and

Rosemary Rooke, Paralegal 2006.

This year, there were five Loyalist graduates chosen to receive an Alumni Distinction Award. These awards honour the contributions graduates make through volunteer work and their careers. This year’s recipients were:

Donald Weber, Photojournalism 2001,

Bridgette Gauthier, Social Service Worker 1997,

Julianne McCaffrey, Print Journalism 1995,

Ken Kingston, Radio Broadcasting 1979, and

Tony Tighe, Radio Broadcasting 1979.

Donald was presented his award in October following a presentation he made on campus of a collection of his photographs and the stories behind the images. Julianne was presented her award by distance to her home in British Columbia, and Ken and Tony will receive their awards at the June Homecoming.

Bridgette Gauthier was joined by her family and friends at the AGM where she received her award. She has applied her Social Service Worker skills at home and abroad specializing in work with autistic children. She works as a Supervising Analyst with Surrey Place in Toronto and offers her skills as a volunteer to organizations such as the Metro Association of Family Resource Program, the AIDS Committee of Toronto, the Downs Syndrome Society and the Out of the Cold Program.

Residing in British Columbia, Julianne McCaffrey was unable to attend the November gathering. Following her graduation from Loyalist’s Print Journalism program she obtained a post-graduate certificate in public relations from the University of Victoria and is currently employed as a senior speechwriter for B.C. Premier, Gordon Campbell. She also assists community groups in marketing their organizations and the services they provide.

“We are excited to be organizing a homecoming event to coincide with the convocation ceremonies next June,” said Alumni President Mary Brodie. “The convocation ceremonies mark the end of the 40th anniversary year and we want Alumni to come and meet the new graduates and renew their link with the College. The registration will take place on Friday evening June 13th.  Activities will be planned for Friday evening, all day Saturday and then will wrap up Sunday by early afternoon. As President of the Alumni Association, I invite all graduates of Loyalist to come join in the celebrations.”

For more information regarding the Alumni Executive or the June Homecoming, contact Mary Brodie, Alumni Association President at (613) 969-1913, ext. 2261 or e-mail:

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Media Contact: Marilyn Warren, Communications, Loyalist College, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2332, e-mail: or Connie Millar, Manager, Employment and Alumni Services, ext. 2244