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Laurier presents philanthropy awards
Laurier’s most generous donors were celebrated at a special event hosted by Development & Alumni Relations on May 20.
The annual Laurier Society Celebration recognizes the individuals, corporations and foundations that support Laurier in its mission to inspire lives of leadership and purpose.
The centrepiece of the event was the presentation of this year’s philanthropy awards. Recipient Patricia Rae was recognized for donating to Laurier every year since her 1983 graduation from the anthropology program--31 consecutive years of giving in total.
The second philanthropy award was presented to the Williamson Group. This Brantford company offers benefits consulting and financial services. The Williamson Group has been a loyal supporter of Laurier and has donated a total of $130,000 to the Brantford campus over the last 12 years. In addition to their generous financial support, company representatives have worked to connect Laurier to other supporters in Brantford.
The celebration began with representatives from across the university sharing their appreciation with the donors in attendance through a series of presentations. All of the presentations focused on the theme of creativity.
“Creativity is a consistent and important element across all faculties and programs,” said Laurier President & Vice-Chancellor, Max Blouw. “Thanks to the support of donors, we are able to do the innovative, inspiring and creative things that distinguish Laurier as a place of excellence.”
Presenters included Tamas Dobozy from the Faculty of Arts, Shoshana Pollack and Lana Hastings from the Faculty of Social Work, Zach Weston from the Faculty of Science, and Glen Carruthers and Keenan Reimar-Watts from the Faculty of Music.
The event concluded with a digital production featuring highlights of the past year. The slideshow was accompanied by a live musical performance by a trio of Laurier alumni: Cynthia Hiebert, Miriam Stewart-Kroeker and Victoria Melik.
“Our donors are vital to Laurier’s future,” said Vice-President, Development & Alumni Relations, Rob Donelson. “It is through their generosity that we provide integrated and engaged learning opportunities for our students, extend the impact of our faculty’s research out into the community to help those that need it most, and provide unique educational programs that redefine how we think about important subjects.”