2018 Alumni Awards
November 21, 2018
The Cape Breton University Alumni Association (CBUAA) has released the recipients of the 2018 Alumni Awards, presented by Johnson Insurance. These awards are presented to deserving graduates and friends of the University making extraordinary contributions to their profession, field of study, volunteer organization, community (local or global), Cape Breton University or CBUAA.
The Awards will be handed out at a dinner on November 21, 2018 at CBU`s Verschuren Centre. There will be a reception at 6:00 pm with a dinner to follow at 7:00 pm.
Tickets are $40 each or $400 for a table of 10.
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The 2018 Alumni Award categories and recipients are:
- Outstanding Young Alumni Award – Kori Andrea – At only 24 years old, Kori Andrea, Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry, has accomplished a lot. Most recently, Kori was awarded with one of the most prestigious graduate scholarships in Canada, the NSCERC Vanier Scholarship, in recognition of her research and leadership. This award allocates $150,000 over the course of three years and is only awarded to a recipient that demonstrates extraordinary leadership skills and scholarly excellence. Kori is also an advocate for women in science and was a lead organizer for WISE events, which helps young girls between the ages of 12 and 16 explore science. Kori is a role model to younger girls and to her peers. She graduated from CBU with a BSc (Honours) in Chemistry in 2016.
- International Alumni Award – Sohaila Abdo – After moving thousands of miles away from her home in Egypt to attend Cape Breton University to pursue her BBA followed by her Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development, she decided to stay after graduating and make Cape Breton her new home. As manager of New Dawn’s Cape Breton Island Centre for Immigration, Sohaila is excelling in her field working with immigrant families and also working to make Cape Breton Island a better place for everyone who chooses to call it home.
- Volunteer Award – Darrell Flynn (Posthumously) – Darrell was a proud graduate of CBU. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1978 and then a Bachelor of Business in 2001. He displayed his degree for everyone to see in the entrance of Swiss Chalet, the restaurant he owned and operated for 29 years. Darrell was dedicated to servicing his community, volunteering with many organizations and serving as a CBRM councillor. Darrell passed away in July of 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. In the future, this award will be known as the Darrell Flynn Volunteer Award.
- Community Service Award – Alicia Lake – A three-time graduate of Cape Breton University, Alicia Lake is a self-proclaimed “CBU Biggest Fan.” Alicia used her time at Cape Breton University in the MBA program to create the Pan Cape Breton Food Hub which focuses on access to sustainable and nutritious local food across the Island, and strengthens the linkages between consumers and food producers across Cape Breton. Thanks to Alicia’s vision, hard work and dedication, the Food Hub has increased the viability of local producers while significantly improving access to high quality, local food for people across the Island.
- Friend of Cape Breton University Award – Donnie Morrison – For more than 20 years, Donnie Morrison has been a very special friend to CBU through his work and support of CBU athletics over 20 years. Donnie has been the backbone for many successful events for CAPERS athletics and has helped raise an excess of over 1 million dollars.
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Ray Ivany –Ray Ivany is an educational visionary committed to the betterment of post-secondary education across Nova Scotia. His efforts were critical to the growth and development of CBU, as he led the first strategic plan. As its president, he transformed scattered campuses from Yarmouth to Sydney into the modern day Nova Scotia Community College. During his time as president of Acadia University, Ray chaired the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy, which created a 10-year economic blue print, commonly referred to as the Ivany Report. Ray is a member of the CBU alumni family with credentials from the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology, College of Cape Breton and his time at University College of Cape Breton.
- Honorary Alumni Recognition – Norm Smith – Norm Smith worked at Cape Breton University for more than 30 years, starting as an instructor in the business faculty and working the last half of his career as Director of Student Services. Norm’s legacy at the University includes the establishment of the Jennifer Keeping Centre, the Student Learning Commons and the International and Study Abroad centre. Norm was, and continues to be a mentor to many students in encouraging and support them to pursue professional and graduate programs to further their field of study. Norm epitomizes what it means to be a CBU Alumni and is a true ambassador for Cape Breton University.
For more information, please contact Steve Horne at 902-563-1401