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The Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association (WLUAA) honoured the 2010 Awards of Excellence recipients last week at its annual awards banquet. The association’s Awards of Excellence program was established to pay tribute to Laurier alumni, faculty and staff who have made a significant difference in the Laurier community and the community at large.
During the event, recipients were presented with their awards and celebrated for being shining examples within the remarkable make-up of the Laurier community.
Rosemary Quinlan ’10 - Student Alumna of the Year - This award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the university by a student. This year’s recipient, Rosemary Quinlan, will be graduating with an honours arts degree in political science this June. During the past four years, Quinlan’s contribution to the Laurier Student Alumni Association has been extensive. She has served as a general member, vice president and, finally, as president of the association. Quinlan has been instrumental in motivating Laurier Student Alumni Association members and in organizing events for both students and alumni (including Parent’s Day, Talk Sex with Sue and Grad Fest). To further enrich her out-of-classroom experience, Quinlan was also active on many intramural teams, volunteered for Laurier Students for Literacy and contributed to the local community as a volunteer at St. John’s Soup Kitchen.
Cec Joyal ’86 – Schaus Award for Staff – This award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the university by a staff member. The recipient is distinguished by his or her stature, dedication, integrity and ability. This year’s recipient, Cec Joyal, fully exemplifies all of these qualities. This Laurier graduate, who is also a Laurier employee, is credited for her many contributions to the exceptional reputation the university currently enjoys. As the Development Officer for Individual and Legacy Giving, Joyal has mastered the art of fostering strong and lasting relationships with Laurier’s alumni and friends. Over the years, she has helped to secure approximately $20 million for the university in realized and expected donations. Affectionately referred to as “one of the faces of Laurier,” there are many people in the larger community who, when they think of Laurier, think of Cec Joyal.
Dr. Lucy Lee – Hoffmann-Little Award for Faculty – The Hoffman-Little Award recognizes teaching excellence and professional endeavour at Laurier. This year’s recipient, Dr. Lucy Lee, has been a professor of biology at Laurier since 1997. She has taught courses in cell biology, development biology and comparative histology. Her career is distinguished by innovative research and teaching quality. Since 2002, Lee has published 28 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her research has been internationally acknowledged and frequently requested in South America, Europe and Asia. In addition to her academic and research activities, Lee is also a member of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Animal Alternatives Group Steering Team. Through her teaching, research and community projects, Lee has inspired countless individuals to strive for excellence.
Dr. Michael Pratt - Faculty Mentoring Award – This award was established to recognize a faculty member for his or her outstanding mentorship and support to undergraduate and/or graduate students. A professor, mentor, innovator and researcher, Dr. Michael Pratt is this year’s recipient. As a longtime faculty member in Laurier’s psychology department, Pratt has inspired, motivated and educated countless undergraduate and graduate students. His legacy as a professor features his dedication to student learning and development. His research grant applications always include a request for funding the research involvement of graduate students. In fact, many of Pratt’s former graduate students are very grateful to him for always giving his students full credit by listing them as authors and acknowledging them in presentations. His guidance gives young academics the confidence to pursue their dreams, which will likely resonate with them for a lifetime.
Christine McKinlay ’07 – Young Alumna of the Year – This award is given to recognize outstanding achievement by an alumna of any Laurier program who is 30 years of age or younger. During her years at Laurier, McKinlay was a key volunteer with the World University Services of Canada (WUSC), the UN Millennium Development Goals and the Make Poverty History campaign. Under her leadership, Laurier’s WUSC committee was recognized as the organization’s top university-based organization in the country. Additionally, McKinlay was heavily involved in the Laurier Student Refugee Program, which allows refugee students the opportunity to study in Canada. After graduating from Laurier, McKinlay went on to earn a master’s degree in immigration and settlement studies at Ryerson University. As a result of McKinlay’s championing, the first branch of WUSC was started at Ryerson. During the 2009-2010 academic year, Ryerson welcomed its first refugee student thanks to McKinlay’s efforts. A former Garfield Weston Scholar, McKinlay is admired for being able to take her Laurier spirit wherever she goes, and for truly making a difference in her community.
Luke Fusco – Honorary Alumnus – The Honorary Alumnus Award recognizes friends of Laurier whose contributions enhance the institution and its surrounding communities. Since joining Laurier’s faculty in 1973, Luke Fusco has reached out to many members of the Laurier community through his work as a faculty member, volunteer, former dean of the Faculty of Social Work and former President of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty Association. His commitment to the Faculty of Social Work shone as he spearheaded the development drive and the move of the faculty to its current Kitchener campus. A continuous supporter of Laurier, Fusco is also strongly tied to the department of Athletics & Recreation at Laurier. For more than 30 years, Fusco has assisted student-athletes in crisis at Laurier, and has served as the academic advisor for women’s basketball and men’s football. For decades, Fusco has played a vital role in the Laurier community and, in doing so, has had a real impact on the lives of many.
Ian McLean '98 – Alumnus of the Year – This award recognizes an alumnus who has brought honour to the institution through outstanding achievement. This year’s recipient, Ian McLean, graduated from Laurier in 1998 with an honours degree in biology and a business administration option. McLean went on to complete his MBA at the Harvard Business School, but not before urging his family to establish two student awards at Laurier. With great success in the business community, McLean has worked in both Canada and the United States as the national marketing manager for high-powered cardiac devices at Medtronic. As a life-long champion of Laurier, McLean has made significant contributions to Laurier’s Faculty of Science through his volunteer efforts as a member of the Dean’s External Science Advisory Council (DESAC). Thanks to McLean’s commitment and vision, current Laurier students can enjoy a new Faculty of Science speaker series as well as new science entrepreneurship courses as of 2011. McLean is a passionate contributor to Laurier and serves as an excellent ambassador at-large for Laurier.