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Alumni Relations wins gold at CCAE
Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
This year’s Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) national conference was an outstanding event for Laurier. In fact, Brian Breckles, Laurier’s director of alumni relations, had to stand up twice at the beginning of the Prix d’Excellence awards ceremony, an honour reserved only for gold medal recipients.
In addition to receiving gold in both alumni relations award categories: best program and best alumni event, Laurier’s alumni relations department received a silver medal in the special events category and an Ontario scholarship.
“It’s so unusual to win gold in two categories – it was pretty special,” says Breckles. “I’m very proud of our team and their contributions. All their hard work is being recognized by their peers across the country.”
In the best program category, which included entries covering a variety of alumni programs that took place over a period of time, alumni officer Janina Ganton and the Kitchener-Waterloo (K-W) alumni chapter volunteers under her guidance were recognized for their contributions to chapter events and programs.
As one of three alumni chapters (the others are in Toronto and Ottawa), the K-W chapter is designed to keep Laurier alumni connected with each other and with the school through social and professional development events. Events this past year included brewery and wine tours, theatre nights, professional development and investment seminars, as well as a family skating party. Judges, made up of educational advancement professionals from across the country, praised the program’s overall goals, planning, innovative ideas, and conclusive evidence of success.
Laurier’s Manulife Evening of Comedy, part of the homecoming 2006 lineup, earned Laurier’s alumni relations department gold in the best alumni event category, as well as silver in the best special event category. The Evening of Comedy featured award-winning comedians Shaun Majumder from This Hour has 22 Minutes and Jessica Holmes from the Royal Canadian Air Farce at Laurier’s athletic complex. Laurier alumni Alex Kojfman and James Gangl performed opening improv acts, and Laurier graduate and Much Music VJ Matte Babel emceed the event. Judges were impressed by the event’s alumni participation, public and community interest and uniqueness.
Laurier alumni relations officer Teresa Smiley received a $500 CCAE-Ontario scholarship, designed to promote integration between alumni relations, advancement services, development, public affairs, marketing, communications and research.
The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education is an association for educational advancement professionals. This year’s national conference, “Oceans of Opportunity,” ran from June 2-5 in Prince Edward Island.
Lori Chalmers Morrison