Volunteers make the association tick.
Greetings from campus! Since my last update in the autumn Torch, we’ve had many opportunities to get together with alumni here in Victoria and elsewhere.
No other group is more directly involved in bringing alumni and the university together than the volunteers who serve on the board of directors of the UVic Alumni Association. There are about 20 individuals on the board and its committees. It takes commitment on their part, not to mention strong leadership.
That’s why I would like to commend the association’s president, Kathleen Barnes, BA ’98, for her work on behalf of alumni. As you may have read on the preceding page, Kathleen is, this spring, completing her two years as president.
The university is fortunate to have people like Kathleen who are willing to go the extra mile. When we’ve gone “off-Island” for alumni events in Vancouver and Seattle, Kathleen was there. When we’ve staged the many events that make up Alumni Week, Kathleen was there. And each convocation ceremony, Kathleen was there with a warm message of welcome to the new graduates.
I can’t say enough about Kathleen’s service to the alumni association and the university, not to mention the wonderful support of her husband, Lloyd. Thank you to you both!
Alumni Week was one of the initiatives that began during Kathleen’s term. Alumni Week 2009, in the first week of February, built on our first year, growing to 14 events with nearly 800 participants.
A highlight for me was the celebration of two of our Distinguished Alumni Award winners: Tamara Vrooman, MA ’94, CEO of Vancouver City Savings Credit Union and Bob de Faye, MPA ’85, BC deputy minister of aboriginal relations and reconciliation. They are fine examples of the outstanding community leadership that our alumni provide and they are tremendous role models for students. It was also great to see Beijing Alumni Branch leader (and 2008 Alumni Volunteer of the Year) Peter Forster, BSc ’74.
Be sure to mark the first week of February 2010 in your calendar for Alumni Week 2010. I look forward to connecting with you throughout the year.
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