The Giving Report 2019

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“Acadia University is a special place to be, and I am thankful for everything it gave me.”



for ACADIA With an ambitious $75-million goal, Campaign for Acadia will sustain the Acadia of today and build the Acadia of the future. It’s about our people and our place and what we do best.


Emily Murray (’18) Environmental and Sustainability Studies Emily Murray was a Sydney Taylor (’13) Memorial Award recipient and active in clubs and groups while at Acadia, serving in leadership roles with S.M.I.L.E. and the Students’ Union. She also enjoyed a four-month exchange program in Norway. She is currently a master’s candidate studying2 International Development at Saint Mary’s University.

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Contents Together, we are making history.................................................................4 Acadia’s Endowment.................................................................................. 6 Who is a part of Campaign for Acadia ?....................................................... 8 Transform: extraordinary student experiences........................................... 10 Inspire: exceptional teaching and engagement.......................................... 14 Discover: innovative research and inquiry................................................. 18 Build: proud heritage and promising horizons........................................... 22 Alumni and Campaign Events.................................................................. 26 Named Funds.......................................................................................... 28 Campaign Cabinet................................................................................... 35 Acadia Board of Governors....................................................................... 35 Acadia Alumni Board of Directors........................................................... 35 Thank you............................................................................................... 36 Office of Advancement Staff.................................................................... 36 1838 Society: building on an inspiring personal legacy............................. 38

The 2018–2019 Giving Report is produced by Acadia University’s Office of Advancement. Dr. Rod Morrison Vice-President, Advancement Nancy Handrigan (’92) Executive Director, Philanthropy and Campaign Director Sherri Turner Editor and Campaign Communications Manager


Together, we are making history This report has a singular focus – the reasons we give – and while each of us has a unique motivation, we have all joined together to support the most ambitious fundraising initiative in Acadia University’s history. In October 2018, we publicly launched Campaign for Acadia, comprising four themes – Transform, Inspire, Discover, and Build. The campaign promises to strengthen support for students and faculty, enhance investment in research, and improve campus infrastructure. Because of your generosity, Campaign for Acadia Cabinet members, working hand-in-hand with our Advancement team, have made great strides toward the campaign’s $75-million goal, with more than $60 million already committed. This incredible show of support is a symbol of the collective belief allies like you have in Acadia. You are choosing to invest in an extraordinary institution with the proven ability to transform the lives of our students by providing inspirational teaching, research, and community engagement. In the pages that follow, we’re pleased to recognize and celebrate the tremendous impact of your support. You are invited to read about students who have realized their potential; research that can help save lives; corporate partnerships that will lift others; and a community of committed alumni who are giving their all to Acadia. These stories reveal the many ways Campaign for Acadia has helped elevate Acadia’s reputation as a premier undergraduate university, an engine for economic development, and an institution that equips our students for the complex world ahead. Through this historic campaign, the Acadia Family – our supporters and friends, students, faculty and staff – represent what we can achieve when we work together. Thank you for supporting Acadia University.

Dr. Peter Ricketts President and Vice-Chancellor 4

Nancy McCain (’82) Chair, Campaign for Acadia

“Acadia is a small place that allowed each of us to dream big with the knowledge that, no matter how big those dreams were, we would be equipped on departure to attain them.” Clive Anderson (’89)


Acadia’s Endowment Dedicated alumni and staff manage Acadia’s investments to ensure the University maximizes support for our students and faculty. The Investment Committee maintains a policy consistent with its investment objectives and monitors portfolio performance against the objectives quarterly. It appoints external fund managers, performance measurement services, and independent investment consultants as needed (administration fees were 0.9% of total assets). The investment objective of the endowment portfolio is to generate a long-term return sufficient to meet the disbursement required to fund faculty positions, scholarships, and other University needs, and to maintain the purchasing power of donated capital.


As at March 31, 2019

“Universities face funding challenges. That’s reality. Campaign for Acadia ensures Acadia can deliver its promise to students for generations to come. Our donors are making a difference, and we cannot thank them enough.” Dr. Peter Ricketts President and Vice-Chancellor

Asset and Manager Allocation

Statement of Changes (Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2019)

(As at March 31, 2019)

Balance at beginning of period

$84,939,026 Global Global Equity Equity

23.51% 23.51%

20.72% 20.72%

Fixed Fixed Income Income and and Cash Cash

U.S. U.S. Equity Equity

25.00% 25.00%

30.77% 30.77%

Canadian Canadian Equity Equity

Revenue and other additions Bequests and donations


Transfer from special reserve funds* Market appreciation (depreciation)

762,044 4,232,275

Transfer from operating fund



Expenditure and income transfers Investment services


Administration fees


Transfer to research funds

Endowment Split Scholarships Scholarships and and Bursaries Bursaries


Transfer to special reserve funds

54.79% 54.79%

14.36% 14.36%

General General (4.77%) (4.77%)


Transfer to capital funds

23.33% 23.33%


Transfer to operating funds



Balance at end of period


* Special reserve funds are restricted funds held separately between the time a donation is made and the time the designation is finalized by the donor.

Professorships Professorships and and Lectureships Lectureships

Departmental Departmental and and Research Research Support Support Other Other (2.75%) (2.75%)

Investment Committee Members

Market Performance and Annualized Returns

Stuart MacLean (’83) Chair, Investment Committee

Annualized Returns

1 year

Mary MacVicar (’90)


4.99% 5.25% 7.07% 4.24% 5.55%

Bruce Phinney (’81)


6.75% 5.38% 7.06% 5.15% 6.38%

Dr. Peter Ricketts

2 years 3 years 4 years 5 years

Bert Frizzell (’72) Bruce Galloway (’68, ’03) Norm McIntyre (’60)


Who is a part of Campaign for Acadia? A shop owner who wants to support students who are also parents. A grad in medical school who wants to honour a retiring professor for her inspirational teaching. A grad class who joined together 50 years after graduation to rise to the Chancellor’s Challenge. Community groups that want to make the world better by helping one student at a time. An organization that understands that supporting others begins with education. A philanthropist who believes that as we are blessed, we must bless others. A parent who appreciates the student-led program that helps their child have fun and grow. A former all-star who understands that excellence requires focus. A researcher who wants the next big thing to be funded by them.


$ 75,000,000 CAMPAIGN GOAL


Our donors are as diverse as the areas they choose to support at Acadia University. Together, we are making a difference.


21,171 GIFTS






Photo: Wayne Medford (’68)


“In our actions, we should always ‘put water in the well.’ If we don’t, there will be no water in the well when we or someone we care about may need it. Hopefully, my small donation will give someone the chance to benefit the way I did.” Greg Warner (’68) Donor, Chancellor’s Challenge



extraordinary student experiences

Stepping onto Acadia’s campus means entering a world of possibility. From residence life to extracurricular activities, classroom discussions to co-op placements, our students experience a personalized education in a diverse and caring community.


“To help someone from a refugee camp, give them the chance to come to one of the best universities in Canada, I could not thank them enough.” Noor Ahmed ( ’21), Computer Science

From refugee camp to the computer lab In January 2019, Campaign for Acadia ambassador and refugee student Noor Ahmed was interviewed by CBC TV about his transformative experience at Acadia. Growing up in a refugee camp is not ordinarily a good start for a computer scientist, but for Ahmed, it was a gateway to Canada and studying at Acadia. Originally from Mogadishu in Somalia, Africa’s easternmost country, Ahmed’s family fled west to Kenya to escape years of civil unrest. He grew up in a Kenyan refugee camp and attended high school there. “The first time I stepped on the Acadia campus, it was a great change for me,” he says. “It was bigger than I thought the campuses in Canada would be. My high school in Kenya was ten times smaller. I could not imagine this huge university with many people from different parts of the world.” Ahmed is at Acadia thanks to a scholarship from the Student Refugee Program of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), a program that supports more than 130 students every year through active partnerships with over 80 campuses. “I was the student chosen by Acadia that year. My parents could not support me to go to university to study in Canada, so this scholarship is a financial saviour.” He underlines that his parents are proud of him and they support him in a lot of other ways. Ahmed is grateful to the WUSC donors who made his dream possible. These include Acadia University, the Acadia Students' Union (ASU), and the Rotary Club of Wolfville.

Making strides toward decolonization Acadia University was among post-secondary institutions receiving $1.2 million from TD to advance Indigenous programming and services. In June 2019, TD Bank Group announced its commitment to fund an Acadia initiative to enhance and accelerate programming for Indigenous students. Msit No’kmaq, which means “we are all related” or “all my relations,” will receive $200,000 over three years. “Education plays a vital role in the reconciliation process, and Acadia is committed to doing our part by helping Indigenous students achieve their potential through higher education, and working with Indigenous communities to create new partnerships for reconciliation,” says Dr. Peter Ricketts, Acadia’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “We are extremely grateful to TD Bank Group for funding this initiative, which is one more step in a long journey toward decolonization.” The program’s goal is to provide opportunities to achieve social and economic engagement, career success, and financial security for Indigenous 12

students. Specifically, the program will offer experiential learning on local reserves, special health initiatives, and student success programs to support Indigenous students. There are more than 100 domestic students at Acadia who have self-identified as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.

“This support will provide for more changes in a shorter timeframe, and I am hopeful that the face of Acadia will change so that we see more of a presence of Indigenous Peoples and culture on campus.” Makenzie O’Quinn (’20), Biology Indigenous Student Society of Acadia president

Long-time supporters, IODE, enhance student award In 2018, the Nova Scotia chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE Nova Scotia) enhanced its support for a long-standing award at Acadia by endowing it with a $55,000 contribution. The group also increased the annual award value from $1,000 to $1,200. For more than 20 years, the provincial chapter has funded a memorial scholarship to support secondyear students in Acadia’s School of Education. The award is named in memory of Annie G. Murray (Ladies Seminary, Class of 1911), who was a student at the Nova Scotia Teachers’ College and Acadia University. She was a dedicated teacher, active community volunteer, and loyal IODE member.

Changing the world starts at home Changing the world can start by financially supporting a student. In 2018, four Acadia University students were the beneficiaries of Rotary Club of Wolfville-Mud Creek’s desire to help others. “Our objective is to change the world, so our decision to support educational bursaries is a slam dunk for us,” says Rotary President John Smith (’08). He urges the recipients to pay it forward when they graduate. “We can make this a gift that goes on.”

“Receiving this award means that I will be able to better focus on my studies while continuing to pursue my extracurricular activities and further my community involvement.” Katerina Bakolias (’19), Education 2018 recipient

Rotary Club pledged to fund the Mud Creek Rotary Acadia Entrance Awards through a generous $135,000 gift. Each year in perpetuity, a $1,000 bursary toward Acadia tuition will be awarded to a graduating student from select Valley high schools. In 2019, an additional award will be awarded. West Kings High School graduate Rowan Duprey says she was overjoyed to get financial assistance from Acadia. “It’s astounding to see this kind of support from our community, and it inspires me to do my best.”

“We know there are barriers to education, and we don’t control all of them, but we can help ease the financial strain of achieving a post-secondary education.” John Smith (’08), President, Rotary Club of Wolfville-Mud Creek



exceptional teaching and engagement

Faculty members who are passionate about teaching are the foundation of an Acadia education. From business to biology, from the performing arts to environmental sustainability, our professors are leaders who prepare our students for life.


“At the end of their journey, students have an opportunity to make a big difference in the world as a result of being at Acadia University.” Barb Anderson (’77), Nutrition and Dietetics

Not just food for thought Student, alumna, teacher, director – for Barb Anderson, Acadia is part of who she is. As a researcher and teacher, she helps students explore nutritional and policy issues that range from global food security to community health and individual wellness. “I love this university,” she says. “I was a student here in the seventies and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics. The program I’m involved in now is cutting edge. Being in Wolfville and being at Acadia is like a dream come true.” The School of Nutrition and Dietetics is part of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science, and the program’s two components are distinct but interconnected. Nutrition is about what we eat and how nutrients work in the body, how we stay healthy and prevent illness, and how we deal with somebody once they have a nutrition-related illness, Anderson explains. Dietetics is the profession that addresses those issues. Anderson’s research interest is food security, and she and Dr. Lesley Frank (’95) (Sociology) are part of a collaborative team that recently received a Social Science and Humanities Research Council grant. “Food security is looking to see how people can access food that is acceptable to them, that is environmentally sound, and that is socially just,” she says. “We want to make sure people can have the food they need to stay healthy and to be there for their families, to be able to have a job, to be able to step into a community. I consider food security to be an important part of sorting out the bigger issues of poverty, homelessness, and unemployment.” Tackling tough issues.

As the director, Anderson also teaches, which she says is the norm for program directors at Acadia. Engaging a new world.

“Teaching is a very important part of this role, and it’s a significant part of what we value at Acadia,” she says. “There’s a sense of community here that’s unlike anywhere else. We are creating new knowledge that is nationally and, in some cases, internationally recognized. We have students who are going on to do amazing things, taking journeys that probably none of us would ever have expected.”


Inspired to give back What inspires a young graduate to set up a scholarship in honour of a professor? If that professor is Dr. Zelda Abramson, the answer is unequivocal. “Zelda changed the Acadia and Wolfville community for the better through her academics, advocacy, and most importantly the unwavering generosity she offered to students,” says Vicki Archer (’16). “There was no way we could let Zelda leave Acadia without publicly recognizing what an incredible person she is.” Archer, who is starting a general surgery residency at McMaster University, marked Abramson's retirement in May 2019 by establishing the Dr. Zelda Abramson Award. The annual award will help a fourth-year honours sociology student who actively contributes to the Acadia and Wolfville communities and the broader sociology community through advocacy and academics – in particular, in the areas of feminism, women and gender studies, and research.


Archer credits Abramson with giving her the courage to pursue a challenging career. “I would not be in medical school and would not have been brave enough to choose a specialty which at times can be quite demanding and intense had it not been for Zelda’s encouragement,” she says. The award is the first at Acadia exclusively for sociology majors.

“The impact Zelda had on the lives of the staff, students and faculty of Acadia is immense and can never be reflected or replicated by any award or prize, but we hope in this way her contribution to Acadia will forever be cherished and celebrated.” Vicki Archer (’16) Dr. Zelda Abramson Award

Improving the lives of Canadians The Sobey Foundation launched a $500,000 fund to support Acadia University students in December 2018. “Our partnership with Acadia will not only help individual students achieve their academic goals but will eventually help Canadians live better lives, says Frank Sobey. “We’re proud to contribute to the Campaign for Acadia.” The Sobey Bursaries will support Acadia students in any discipline who demonstrate financial need, while the Sobey Awards in Nutrition and Dietetics will assist Nutrition and Dietetics students in offsetting the costs of pursuing a high-quality dietetic practicum.

A world of opportunity Donor support has helped Jacqueline Morris (’19) live out her dreams. The Sunshine Coast, B.C., native travelled to Acadia to pursue a science degree because she wanted to see more of Canada. She has always embraced adventure, working as a hiking guide in Nicaragua and a white-water rafting guide in Alberta, and serving as a teaching assistant for an outdoor survival course at Acadia.

“Acadia’s faculty, staff, and students are following the Sobey Foundation’s mandate, which is to improve the lives of others, and this gift will help them accomplish that goal. We’re extremely grateful for the Foundation’s investment in the Campaign for Acadia,” says Dr. Peter Ricketts, Acadia’s President and Vice-Chancellor. Students pursuing a dietetic designation have the additional challenge of meeting the professional requirements for entry into the field. At Acadia, that means an additional 48 weeks of work placements in private and public settings, extensive travel, and completing a practice-based research project.

“Their opportunities can mean added expenses and the Sobey Awards will help offset the costs, which means so much to our students as they pursue their academic and professional goals.” Barb Anderson (’77) Director, School of Nutrition and Dietetics.

While studying biology, she took the opportunity to study abroad in Norway. “The Roland and Leona Mullen Award has definitely helped me reach my educational goals,” she says. “I’m thankful that I’ve had this opportunity and will take what I’ve learned at Acadia and in Norway to make a career for myself in the field of biology.” Today, Morris is in Nha Trang, Vietnam, as part of a resource management program at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. 17


innovative research and inquiry

Through close collaboration, Acadia students and faculty researchers drive discoveries that impact lives and improve communities. By seeking to understand and solve real-world problems, they will create a bright future.


“I’m not just a person sitting in a classroom; I’m not just a person who’s helping clients. I’m now also this person who is helping to shape what kind of practices will be used in the future.” Julia Koppernaes (’19), Kinesiology

Exercise is medicine Across Canada, people living with diabetes are benefitting from the work of an award-winning researcher, Dr. Jonathon Fowles, and kinesiology students like Julia Koppernaes (’19). The Diabetes Physical Activity and Exercise Toolkit, which began as a local project with Dr. Chris Shields for the Annapolis Valley Regional Hospital, is helping people to improve their health and fitness and, in some cases, to reduce or even eliminate the need to take insulin. The local project captured the attention of the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia, which adopted it. From there, the toolkit made its way throughout the Atlantic provinces. Then Diabetes Canada wanted it, and the Acadia-developed toolkit went national. For Fowles, a unique feature of research at Acadia is that it is collaborative. “You work in a team and bring in other people’s ideas and engagement, and you get solutions that you didn’t see were there before,” he says. “I learned I could do more when I worked across disciplines and campus. That branched out into working with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Canadian Diabetes Association.” Kinesiology students apply their classroom learning in 15 different community programs including Cardiac Rehab, S.M.I.L.E. and Active Aging. “I was involved in all three of these over three years, and they’re very different,” says Koppernaes. “It’s not just a grade on your paper; it’s actual verbal or physical feedback, and they’re sharing their lives with you.”

Shaping health care practices.

Koppernaes worked as part of a team to help communities incorporate physical activity into health care and treatment. The research gave her a new perspective on her degree. “Though I have no idea how the future will unfold, I am equipped with the skills required to go on and make positive changes in the world,” she says. With the long-term goal of serving with the Canadian military as a medical officer, Koppernaes is currently working in the Centre of Lifestyle Studies running community exercise programs and expanding her research.


Exploring the nuances of remembrance As one of the 20th Century’s most influential poems, John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields has achieved a widespread cultural legacy. One manifestation of this legacy is the many musical compositions based on its text. Through both theoretical analysis and performance, Acadia School of Music researcher Dr. Michelle Boyd (’01) studies the musical methods by which composers create their interpretation of the poem. With Harrison McCain Foundation funding, Boyd and a group of music students were able to perform and make video recordings of 13 In Flanders Fields settings by Canadian composers, which will be used to develop an online resource about In Flanders Fields music.

“For me, as an emerging scholar, the Harrison McCain Foundation Award is a significant boost to my career, enabling my new research project to develop and be communicated in ways that otherwise would not have been possible,” she says. The experience provided a unique opportunity for these musicians to further their training as well as be involved in a research project. The Society for American Music will feature the Acadia recordings on their 2019 Digital Lectures Series (freely available to the public via their YouTube channel).

“My research has allowed me a truly rewarding experience to work with and engage my undergraduate students in research – a part of my job that I deeply value.” Dr. Michelle Boyd (’01), Music


Following the scent of science How does an insect smell? More to the point, why should we care? Biology professor Dr. Kirk Hillier knows the answers to both questions. “I study how insects smell – both the adjective and the verb,” he says. “My background is in insect pheromones, and I’m also what they call an insect neuroethologist. I stick electrodes in insect brains and figure out what they actually can smell.” By using these types of technologies and knowledge, scientists can develop environmentally friendly solutions for controlling insects, such as repellents, attractants, and traps, that allow farmers to use fewer synthetic chemical pesticides. “We’re at an age when agriculture and forestry and even human health need to transform in the way we view and manage insect and other arthropod pests,” Hillier says. Skilled students, unique opportunities.

Between 12 and 18 students work in Hillier’s lab. They have access to exceptional laboratory infrastructure because of Hillier’s success in attracting federal and provincial research funds and building relationships with agricultural initiatives. “All of this expanded capacity has provided us with novel directions to move in,” Hillier says. “We work quite heavily in agriculture, but now we’re expanding into pests of human health, such as ticks, and throughout the forestry realm. There are few places in the world where you see this combination of infrastructure brought to bear on insect pheromones.”

Hillier finds the work exciting. “We have amazing undergraduate researchers, and we’re making a big impact here,” he says. “Acadia may be small by some standards, but we make big footprints.”

“Interacting with the students makes me excited about research. It’s great to work with someone who starts off full of questions, and by the end of the encounter has me asking the questions.” Dr. Kirk Hillier, Biology



proud heritage and promising horizons

Acadia is considered one of Canada’s most beautiful university campuses; however, it is also one of Canada’s oldest. At 181 years old, there is a need for investment in the University’s physical and financial infrastructure.


“I am excited to be working in our new labs. We are putting all our ideas into practice and we are getting results. This improved environment is helping our productivity.” Dr. Amitabh Jha, Chemistry

Renovation sparks innovation When Dr. Amitabh Jha teaches his students how to design drugs to fight breast cancer, their newly renovated chemistry labs help them contribute to a body of cancer research and commercialization. A professor in Acadia’s Chemistry Department, Jha teaches organic chemistry and biochemistry, specializing in medicinal chemistry and cancer drug discovery. He is an expert in drug discovery for breast cancer, and from 2011 to 2016 he held the George H. Wallace Endowed Chair in Chemistry. In 2017–2018, with support from government and donors, major renovations to Elliott Hall and Huggins Hall modernized both facilities. The new David Huestis Innovation Pavilion linked the two science buildings and provided space and labs for research and commercialization. “With the lab newly renovated, everything has changed,” he says. “I’m excited to be working here. We are putting all our ideas into practice and we are getting results – and I’m sure that this improved infrastructure is going to produce additional productivity.” His work in the lab with students adds to the body of knowledge for cancer research. “That knowledge may be used by others to save lives,” he says. “Drug discovery is a long process, approximately 10 to 15 years from start to finish in a focused industry environment. The total amount of money spent in discovering a drug is close to a billion dollars. We train students how to design drugs and how to make them in the lab, and we can collaborate or have partners who can push our compounds further.” Through industry collaboration, Jha can obtain support for his students or leverage money to obtain additional grants from funding agencies. “Our colleagues in industry are with us because they see that the type of work we are doing is worth pursuing,” he says. “That tells us our work is attracting interest, and that makes us feel good.” 23

Building success in education and research Acadia University’s landscape was transformed with the renewal of its science complex and investments in campus infrastructure. “Attracting and retaining top-performing faculty is an important aspect of Campaign for Acadia,” says Dr. Suzie Currie (’91), Dean, Pure and Applied Science. “Endowing new positions and investing in research will secure an innovative environment for our faculty that creates the best possible educational experience for Acadia students.” Currie notes the significance of the science complex renewal and creation of the David Huestis Innovation Pavilion, made possible by an early gift to Campaign for Acadia by David and Faye Huestis of Saint John, New Brunswick. 24

David Huestis (’63) saw the opportunity to give back to Acadia when the federal and provincial governments invested $15.98 million to the renewal project. Joining Huestis to generate $7 million in private support were The McCain Foundation, Penny and Stephen McCain (’81), Margie McCain Roy (’77, ’79) and Paul Roy, Gordon (’48) and Bobby MacNeill (’50), David Davidson (’71), Cynthia Trudell (’74), Fred (’61) and Nancy Chipman, Floyd Murphy (’69), and many others.

“Life is a trusteeship. I am honoured to help assist future Acadia students to become tomorrow’s leaders.” David Huestis (’63)

Enhancing accessibility In May 2019, Acadia’s S.M.I.L.E. (Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience) Program became a 2019 Jumpstart Accessibility Grant recipient. A national charity, Jumpstart helps kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation by providing inclusive play for kids of all abilities. S.M.I.L.E. is an innovative, volunteer-driven adapted physical activity program delivered to children, youth, and adults with developmental, cognitive, physical, and/or sensory disabilities. The goal of S.M.I.L.E. is to improve participants’ total development and promote lifelong physical activity participation through physical literacy.

“Being able to enhance accessibility to the S.M.I.L.E. program at Acadia University will make a meaningful and lasting impact on our participants, student volunteers, and the surrounding community,” says Dr. Roxanne Seaman (’99), Director, S.M.I.L.E. Program. “The Accessibility Grant from Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is an investment in inclusion. We are incredibly grateful.”

“Like Jumpstart, S.M.I.L.E. is committed to removing the financial and accessibility barriers to physical activity, and we are proud that together, we can help more kids in Nova Scotia experience the benefits of this unique program.” Scott Fraser, President CanadianTire Jumpstart Charities

The program will receive $500,000 over two years to enhance program quality and capacity through the expansion of the Snoezelen Room (pictured below) – a multi-sensory environment that helps reduce agitation and anxiety and engage users by stimulating reactions and communication. The funds will also support the installation of an accessible washroom, elevator, and wheelchair ramps.


Alumni and Campaign Events Engaging with Acadia’s extensive alumni community takes place online and in person. This past year we celebrated the launch of Campaign for Acadia and reconnected with our alumni family and friends.


San Francisco | Maple League Reception | January 23, 2018

Regina | U Sports Basketball Championship

Singapore | Reception | January 23, 2018

Pre-game Gathering | March 8, 2018

Kuala Lumpur | Reception | January 24, 2018

Fredericton | U Sports Hockey Championship

Hong Kong | Reception | January 25, 2018

Pre-game Gathering | March 16, 2018

Winnipeg | Reception | January 25, 2018

Florida | Luncheon | March 20, 2018

Campus | 2017–2018 Corporate Sponsor Recognition Event |

Boston | Dinner | March 22, 2018

February 2, 2018

Campus | Tully Tea | March 25, 2018

Toronto | Business Breakfast | February 13, 2018

Halifax | Gala Dinner | April 12, 2018

Barbados | Reception | February 15, 2018

Vancouver | Reception | April 23, 2018

New York | Pub Night | February 23, 2018

Victoria | Reception | April 24, 2018

Bermuda | Reception | February 27, 2018

Edmonton | Reception | April 25, 2018

Nassau | Reception | March 1, 2018

Calgary | Reception | April 26, 2018

Freeport | Reception | March 2, 2018

Campus | Acadia Alumni Association AGM | May 12, 2018

St. John’s | AUS Women’s Volleyball Championship

London | UK Pub Night | May 22, 2018

Pre-game Gathering | March 2, 2018

Fredericton | Reception | May 22, 2018

Halifax | AUS Basketball Championship

Saint John | Reception | May 23, 2018

Pre-game Gathering | March 2–4, 2018

Moncton | Reception | May 24, 2018

Halifax | Men’s Basketball Alumni Shoot About

Ottawa | Atlantic University Alumni Pub Night | June 7, 2018

and Gathering | March 9, 2018

Ottawa | Maritime Lobster Picnic | June 16, 2018

Halifax | U Sports Basketball Championship

Sydney | Reception | June 20, 2018

Pre-game Gathering | March 10, 2018

New Glasgow | Reception | June 21, 2018

“Acadia provided a dynamic and supportive environment in which to test boundaries and learn about myself, my peers, and the world around me. Many of my closest friends to this day are people I met on campus.” Ryan Conrod (’06), President, Acadia Alumni

Nassau | Recruiting Event | June 21, 2018

Campus | U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship

Springhill | Luncheon | June 28, 2018

Pre-game Gathering | November 1, 2018

Campus | Summer Reunion | July 6–8, 2018

Antigonish | Football Pre-game Gathering |

New Minas | Alumni Golf Tournament | July 27, 2018

November 3, 2018

Toronto | Butler Memorial Golf Tournament |

London | UK Campaign Launch | November 8, 2018

September 27, 2018

New York | Canadian Association of New York (CANY)

Campus | Homecoming | October 11–14, 2018

Reception | November 14, 2018

Campus | Campaign Launch & Donor Celebration |

Hong Kong | Campaign Launch | November 22, 2018

October 11, 2018

Kuala Lumpur | Reception | November 26, 2018

Campus | Hockey Honour Roll | October 12, 2018

Singapore | Reception | November 27, 2018

Campus | Exit 10 | October 12, 2018

Campus | Campaign Community Celebration |

Campus | Backyard BBQ | October 13, 2018

November 27, 2018

Calgary | Homecoming Social | October 13, 2018

Campus | 2018–2019 Corporate Sponsor Recognition Event |

Campus | Reception for Bahamian High Commissioner |

November 30, 2018

October 19, 2018

Ottawa | Campaign Launch | December 4, 2018

Sackville, NB | Football Pre-game Gathering |

Montreal | Dinner | December 6, 2018

October 20, 2018

Halifax | Campaign Launch | December 12, 2018

Toronto | Campaign Launch | October 24, 2018 Calgary | Campaign Launch | November 1, 2018 Campus | Women’s Rugby Reunion | November 1–4, 2018


Named Funds Named funds are twofold gifts because they help others while honouring someone who has made a difference. They are an exceptional and enduring way to leave a mark on Acadia University. The following terms of reference were prepared for approval by the Board of Governors in 2018.

at Acadia in any program. Preference is given to a student who demonstrates financial need. Value: $1,000

Acadia Alumni Faculty of Arts Scholarship.

Beveridge Science Scholarship. Established by the Acadia Alumni Association in honour of Dr. J.M.R. Beveridge (BSc Acadia, ’37; PhD Toronto, ’40; MD Western, ’50), President of Acadia University, 1964–78, this scholarship is awarded to a student entering senior/final year of their program in a declared major within the Faculty of Science at Acadia University. The criterion for the Scholarship is a student who demonstrates broadly based academic excellence and best exemplifies the qualities of initiative, experimental learning, leadership and enthusiasm for his or her area of study, as determined by the previous year’s marks and on the basis of an interview and a dossier which will be scrutinized by an examining committee. Value: $2,000

Established by the Acadia Alumni Association in 2018, this scholarship is awarded to a student entering the senior/final year of their program in a declared major within the Faculty of Arts at Acadia University. The scholarship will be awarded in recognition of their contributions to the Arts at Acadia University. Criteria considered for the award is based on the student’s contributions to the Arts in their field of study and their academics, as determined by the previous years’ marks and on the basis of an interview and the submission of a representative piece of work or works, which will be scrutinized by an examining committee. Value: $2,000 Anderson Family Scholar-Bursary in the Arts. Established in 2017 by Clive Anderson (’89) and Athline Littlejohn (’91). To be awarded to a full-time entering or returning student in any Arts program, in recognition of academic achievement and financial need. Value: up to $1,000 Andrews Family Basketball Award. The Andrews Family Basketball Award was established in 2017 by Amber Andrews (’96). The award will be presented to a student-athlete who: • is a returning member of the women’s basketball program; • is in good academic standing; • demonstrates a hard work ethic and strong leadership with her team; • provides leadership within the community. The recipient will be recommended by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the head coach of the women’s varsity basketball program. Bermuda Alumni Bursary. Established in 2018 by Acadia alumni in Bermuda, to be awarded to a student from Bermuda in any year of study of their first degree 28

Buckley Family Award. Established in 2018 by Ron Buckley (’57), the Buckley Family Award is available to full-time science students in second year who are majoring in Earth and Environmental Science, formerly known as the Department of Geology. The recipients exhibit leadership skills and a promising future in the earth and environmental science industry. Ron Buckley graduated from Acadia in 1957 with a BSc in Geology and continued his academic career at McGill University where he earned an MSc in 1959. He taught Geology courses at Acadia in the mid-90s. Ron’s brother, Dale, graduated with the same degree at Acadia in 1959 and continued his studies at the University of Western Ontario where he received an MSc in 1963. He continued his academic career, working toward a PhD at the University of Alaska. Ron’s granddaughter, Lauren Buckley, graduated from Acadia in 2018 with a BKin. Value: up to $2,000 Chris Peyton Hockey Award. Established in 2018 by Chris Peyton. The recipient should be in good academic standing, display positive team leadership qualities as well as good citizenship with the

“We place huge value on every gift that we receive because we know that it involves a choice. We’re committed to achieving everything that we can as a result of your generosity.” Dr. Rod Morrison, Vice-President, Advancement

community. Chris was a member of the hockey Axemen from 1995 to 2000 and a member of the University Cup championship team in 1996. To be awarded annually to a returning men’s varsity hockey player. Class of ’68 and ’58 Bursary. On the occasion of their 50th and 60th anniversary reunions, the classes of 1968 and 1958 joined their class funds to establish an endowed bursary which is available to any full-time student in any program who demonstrates financial need. Clive Anderson Fund for Athletics. Established in 2017 by Clive Anderson (’89) to provide annual support to Acadia Athletics, supporting the greatest needs as identified by the Director of Athletics. Daniel and Christine MacAskill Bursary. Established in 2018 in memory of Daniel and Christine MacAskill, these bursaries are available to full-time science majors at the undergraduate or graduate level, domestic or international students. Daniel and Christine MacAskill were from Breton Cove in Cape Breton. Christine was a school teacher and Daniel was a fisherman. Don Wells Memorial Hockey Award. Established in 2018 by John Saunders, Axemen Hockey 1976–1980, is in memory of Don Wells, varsity men’s hockey coach from 1966 to 1986. To be awarded to a returning men’s hockey player in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, positive communication skills and good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity men’s hockey team and the Director of Athletics. Donald S. Callbeck Hockey Award. Established anonymously in 2018, the award is in honour of Don Callbeck (’51), member of the hockey Axemen from 1949 to 1951. To be awarded to a returning men’s hockey player in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, positive communication skills and good academic standing. The recipient will be

chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity men’s hockey team and the Director of Athletics. Edmunds Family Fund for Student Engagement. Established in 2018 by Sean Edmunds (’16) and Family to benefit students in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ESST) program by providing support for community engagement projects, experiential learning, and international exchanges. Funding decisions are at the discretion of the ESST Faculty Council. Edward and Elma Lank Scholarship. Established in 2018, the scholarship is awarded to a full-time returning science student from Nova Scotia, preferably majoring in nutrition or engineering, in recognition of excellence in academics and extracurricular activities. Elma Layton (’47) from Truro and Edward Lank (’46) from Kingston, N.S., lived in Arvida where Edward worked for Alcan. After the family had grown, Elma returned to education until she and Edward moved to Montreal. They also lived in Jamaica and Ireland before retiring to Kingston, Ontario. Two of their three children, Charlotte (’70) and Ben (’74), are also Acadia graduates and Charlotte is proudly the first Acadia home economics alumna of a home economics alumna. The Lank family are passionate about helping young people secure an education. Value: $2,000 Gary Ness Athletic Award. Established in 2018 by Sherry Swanburg (’02). To be awarded to a returning female athlete. Preference will be given to a student enrolled in Kinesiology. The recipient should be in good academic standing and volunteer with community based fitness programs (recognized by Acadia Kinesiology Department) which utilize their skills to support the health of the community. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Athletics.


Greg Somerville Award in Innovation. Established in 2018 by David Huestis (’63), the Greg Somerville Award in Innovation is granted in recognition of exceptionality. Demonstrating achievement academically and socially, through community service, student leadership, and innovation, the recipients also persevere through adversity and have financial need. Available to full-time students who are engaged in studies in the David Huestis Innovation Pavilion, the awards are valued at $6,000–$7,000 annually. Greg Somerville was born and raised in Ontario, graduated with a BA in History from the University of Waterloo, and started his career as an insurance adjuster in 1979. Over the next decade he progressed to Vice President of Claims. At Aviva Canada, he was Senior Vice President and then Executive Vice President, retiring as President and CEO in 2018. His extraordinary contributions to the insurance industry are recognized by colleague David Huestis with the establishment of this award. David Huestis graduated from Acadia University in 1963 with a BSc in Mathematics. David attained a second degree in business from Dalhousie and, on his return home to New Brunswick, incorporated Huestis Insurance Group in 1966. Now operating over 40 brokerages, Huestis is the largest independently owned insurance brokerage in Atlantic Canada. David has been involved for over 40 years with the world scouting organization, as past Board Chairman of Scouts Canada and Chairman of Audit Committee of World Scout Foundation, and was recognized with the Bronze Wolf, World Scouting’s highest award. Helen and Douglas Buckler Scholar-Bursary. Established in 2018 by Grant Buckler (’79), this scholar-bursary is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student in recognition of academic excellence and financial need. Douglas Buckler earned his MA at Acadia in 1950 and taught in Sheffield Mills, Digby and Cornwallis and was principal of the Clark Rutherford Memorial School on the Cornwallis base. He finished his teaching career as vice-principal and finally principal of New Germany Rural High School. Helen taught in Shawinigan (Quebec), Middle Stewiacke, Digby, Cornwallis and New Germany, where she taught both math and English at the senior high level. Value: $1,000 30

Holly Turner Scholarship. Established in 2018 by Holly (Turner) Gunn (’68, ’69, ’02), the Holly Turner Scholar-Bursary is awarded on a renewable basis to an entering full-time undergraduate student from rural Lunenburg County in recognition of academic excellence and financial need. If there is no eligible candidate from rural Lunenburg County, a student from rural Nova Scotia will receive the scholar-bursary. Originally from New Ross, Lunenburg County, Holly went to Acadia University at age 16. During her BEd year, a course about managing a school library for teachers sparked a lifelong interest in school libraries. Holly taught and managed the school library for several years and graduated from Dalhousie School of Library and Information Science in 1978. She had a full career in education, teaching all levels of public and private school as well as university and adult education courses. A published writer, Holly conducted workshops across the country and internationally, and has received several awards for her work throughout her 35-year career as a teacher-librarian. Value: $4,000 John and Margaret Forbes Award in Entrepreneurship. Established in 2018 by Margaret and Gerald Kazma through the Kazma Family Foundation in honour and memory of Margaret’s brother John A. Forbes and wife Margaret (MacIsaac), this renewable award is granted to third-year students annually, one female and one male. Preferably from Nova Scotia, the recipients display entrepreneurial spirit, academic achievement and financial need. Value: $7,500 John and Margaret Forbes did not benefit from a university education, but they encouraged and supported their four children and in doing so influenced many others. Brian (’79), Heather (’80), Mark (’83) and Sandra (’85) graduated from Acadia. Brian’s wife, Wendy Brookfield (’82), and Sandra’s husband, John Greer (’86), were also supported in their educational endeavours at Acadia by their soon-to-be in-laws. Grandchildren Alexander Cannon (’12), Brandon Greer (’13) and Rylan Greer (’15) launched their business careers from Acadia, and Hayley Cannon pursued her first love, Theatre Studies, at Acadia in 2015–16. A former naval officer, John began his entrepreneurial career in cable tv systems in Halifax where he spearheaded the expansion of Metrovision. This experience brought him to the US where he worked

“Words cannot begin to fully capture how appreciative I am of the help this gives to me, and my family” Julia Russell (’20), recipient of the John and Margaret Forbes Award in Entrepreneurship.

with brother-in-law Gerry developing systems in Michigan and Indiana. John and Margaret raised their family with the love and support of community, teaching them a strong work ethic and to care for others. Their home was open to all and the table often set for international Acadia students who could not make it home for special occasions. Margaret and Gerry Kazma wish to mark the legacy of entrepreneurship and the importance of education encouraged by John and Margaret Forbes with the establishment of this award. Kimberly Meechan Bursary. Established in 2018 by Kim Meechan (’80, ’81, ’84), this bursary is awarded to a student from Moncton, New Brunswick, preferably having attended Harrison Trimble High School, in recognition of financial need. Kim Meechan grew up in Moncton, New Brunswick, and completed an honours BA and MSc in Psychology at Acadia in the early 80s. She went on to work as a Psychologist in Saskatchewan and then spent 25 years in Ottawa in the health and social service field. She returned to Nova Scotia to finish her career full-circle, counselling students at Dalhousie University. She says, “Back in 1977, my high school awarded me $500 to further my education. That $500 may not seem like a lot now, but it was significant to me back then having grown up with a single mother raising three of us on her own. I would love to pay it forward with this bursary.” Value: $1,000 Laura Taylor Bursary. Established in 2018 by Laura Taylor (’61), this bursary is granted to a full-time student preferably from Cape Breton or outside of Canada, in recognition of financial need. Laura Taylor grew up in Cape Breton and worked in the US prior to attending Acadia. Following graduation in 1961, she worked at Children’s Aid Society in Kentville and travelled Europe before settling in Western Canada and earning two more degrees. She had a full career

in social work with the City of Calgary and is a world traveller and an artist, volunteering in Brazil, Poland and Latvia for three years after retirement. Value: $1,000 Major Fred Kelly Athletics Award. Established in 2018 in memory of Fred Kelly who was Hockey Head Coach from 1927 to 1966 and Director of Varsity Athletics from 1940 to 1967. During his stay of forty years at Acadia, the “major” or “Kel” as he was so fondly called, coached almost every intercollegiate sport. He inspired teams to approximately 50 Maritime or provincial intercollegiate championships in track and field, English rugby, swimming, hockey and basketball. Included are 31 out of a possible 33 Maritime Intercollegiate titles in track and field. To be awarded annually to an athlete in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, and good academic standing. Preference is given to a men’s hockey player. Margaret R. Cohen Scholar-Bursary. Established in 2016, the Margaret R. Cohen Scholar-Bursary is awarded to a full-time student preferably from Central Newfoundland in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and financial need. Margaret Cohen grew up in Grand Falls, N.L., graduated from Acadia in 1981 with a BSc (Math), and furthered her studies at Queens University, completing an LLB in 1984. She currently is a Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions, of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, a leading international law firm, practising in Boston, MA. Value: $1,000 Matthew Balsor Scholar-Bursary. Established by Matthew Balsor (’11) in 2018, this scholar-bursary is granted in recognition of academic excellence and financial need to a full-time in-course undergraduate enrolled in the F.C. Manning School of Business. The recipient displays their well-rounded character through extracurricular activities in the community or on campus. 31

Matthew graduated from Acadia University with an Honours BBA and said, “I was fortunate enough to have my post-secondary education paid for through scholarships and bursaries and am in a position to be able to give back and help others who are working hard to help themselves.” Matthew furthered his credentials with a CIM and FCUIC, having worked in finance before returning to be employed at his alma mater. Value: $1,000 McCain Family Athletic Awards. Established in 2018 by Stephen and Penny McCain. To be awarded to a male and a female student-athlete in recognition of their leadership, character, community involvement, and good academic standing. The recipients will be chosen by the Director of Athletics. Mirko Wicha Computer Science Scholarships. Established in 2018 by alumnus Mirko Wicha (’82), this scholarship is awarded to entering or returning Computer Science students in recognition of academic excellence. Preference will be given to qualifying varsity soccer players. Born in former Czechoslovakia, Mirko immigrated to Canada as a child, and attended Acadia where he studied Computer Science and played on the men’s varsity soccer team. Following his graduation in 1982, Mirko moved to Switzerland to embark on what would be a highly successful career in high tech. His passion for technology brought him back to Canada, first Halifax and then Ottawa, then Munich and Brussels from 1993, and finally settling in Montreal in 1999. He founded Haivision in 2004, a market leader in advanced video encoding and streaming within the defence, broadcast and medical industries. An awardwinning company recognized as one of the most influential in video streaming worldwide, Haivision is also one of the fastest-growing technology companies. Headquartered in Montreal and Chicago, Haivision supports customers globally with offices throughout the US, Europe, Asia and South America. Mud Creek Rotary Acadia Entrance Awards. Established in 2018 by the Rotary Club of WolfvilleMud Creek. These awards will be granted annually, preferably to one student from each of the region’s secondary schools: West Kings, Horton, Northeast Kings, and Central Kings. The recipients will be chosen in recognition of financial need. 32

The Rotary Club of Wolfville-Mud Creek was formed in 2010 with six members from the Rotary Club of Wolfville. The name “Mud Creek” was chosen to associate the club with the rich history of Wolfville, formerly known as Mud Creek. While still a Community Service-focused club, Mud Creek is active in areas of Vocational & International & Youth Services. Value: 5 awards at $1,000 each Myrt MacNeil Memorial Basketball Award. Established in 2018 by the MacNeil Family, to be awarded to a returning women’s basketball athlete. The recipient should be in good academic standing, display positive team leadership qualities as well as good citizenship with the community. This award is endowed through a generous gift by The John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation. P.C. Joseph Leadership Award. Established in 2017 by Savior Joseph, Axemen Basketball 1997–2002, this award is in honour and memory of Savior’s father, P.C. Joseph, for his lifelong support of Savior’s leadership and basketball development. The award, awarded to a returning men’s basketball player, is in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, positive communication skills and good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity men’s basketball team and the Director of Athletics. Value: $1,000 Ruth Petrykanyn Entrance Scholarship. The Ruth Petrykanyn Entrance Scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming student in any program on the basis of academic merit, by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance. Value: minimum $1,250 Preference will be given to a student holding American citizenship, but in the event there are no eligible candidates from the United States, the awards will be made to any worthy students. Ray Ivany Student-Athlete Leadership Awards. The Ray Ivany Student-Athlete Leadership Awards to be established in 2018. Ray Ivany served as Acadia President and Vice-Chancellor from 2009 to 2017 and was a vocal champion of Acadia’s unique ability to help students pursue academic and athletic excellence. To be awarded to a female and male athlete in their first year of eligibility. Consideration will be given based on the student’s commitment to a chosen varsity sports

“Acadia was very good to me, and I wanted to reciprocate.” Ruth Lelacheur (’49) Ruth and Ernie Lelacheur Scholarship

program, leadership qualities and good high school academic standing. The recipients will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with varsity head coaches. Value $1,000 each Ruth and Ernie Lelacheur Scholarship. Established in 2018 by Ruth Lelacheur (’49), the Ruth and Ernie Lelacheur Scholarship is awarded to fulltime undergraduate students from Nova Scotia in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and financial need. Cape Bretoners by birth, Ruth Levine and Ernie Lelacheur met at Acadia, having both returned to school after serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. Ruth’s siblings, Jack, Art and Dorothy (Dee), also attended Acadia. Ruth (’49) lived in Tully, wrote for The Athenaeum, and was part of the campus club for war veterans. Ernie (’48) lived in Willett House while earning his BSc in Geology. After obtaining her BA from Acadia, Ruth obtained a BEd from Saint Mary’s and an MA from Dalhousie. Her career as a teacher was in Dartmouth where she and Ernie settled. Ernie worked as a professional real estate appraiser for the federal government and was one of only five Fellows of the Appraisal Institute of Canada at the time. While working as a teacher, Ruth was chosen to spend a summer in Thailand, teaching English as a second language to Thai teachers. A few years later she participated in a Commonwealth teacher exchange program, teaching for a year in England. Ruth is pleased to create this legacy at Acadia to recognize and assist future scholars. Value: three annual scholarships of $3,500

Sobey Awards in Nutrition and Dietetics. Established in 2018 by The Sobey Foundation, to be awarded at the discretion of the Director of Acadia’s School of Nutrition and Dietetics to students who are pursuing a dietetic practicum to defray the costs of tuition, transportation, accommodation and meals. Value: variable, up to $2,500 Sobey Bursaries. Established in 2018 by The Sobey Foundation, to be granted to full-time students in any degree program at Acadia University on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Value: variable, up to $2,500 Tracey McGillivray Volleyball Award. Established in 2018 by Tracey McGillivray, Axewomen Volleyball 1983–1986. To be awarded to a returning women’s volleyball player(s) in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, positive communication skills and good academic standing. The recipient(s) will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity women’s volleyball team and the Director of Athletics. Women in Sport Award. Established in 2018, the recipient shall be a returning female athlete in her 3rd, 4th or 5th year of eligibility. The award shall be awarded to the same recipient two consecutive years. The recipient should be committed to excellence in her sport while exemplifying leadership characteristics that make them a positive role model for women and girls in the area of sport. The recipient must be in good academic standing. Value $1,500



Campaign Cabinet

Acadia Board of Governors

Acadia Alumni Board of Directors

Nancy McCain (’82), Chair

John Rogers (’79), Chair

Ryan Conrod (’06), President

Clive Anderson (’89)

Dr. Lynn Aylward (’86)

Jeff Aucoin (’95)

Paul Bailey (’75)

Donald Clow (’83)

Rebecca Carr (’15)

Libby Burnham (’60, ’00)

Charles Coll (’84)

Carol D’Amelio (’72)

Don Clow (’83)

Susan Colquhoun (’66)

David Davidson (’81)

Henry Demone (’76)

Ryan Conrod (’06)

Fred Gilbert (’65)

Shih Fang (Dino) Ng (’01)

Melinda Daye

Hilary Arenburg Gobien (’12)

Ruth Hennigar (’81)

Henry Demone (’76)

Heather Hickman (’77)

Karen Hutt (’89)

Shelley Fleckenstein (’85)

Christine Luckasavitch (’11)

Allan MacDonald (’92)

Robert French (’04)

Donalda MacBeath (’75)

Peter MacKay (’87)

Bert Frizzell (’72)

Leah McNally (’07)

Ian MacNeily (’81)

Reverend Dr. Dan Green (’97)

Kyle Power (’13)

Tracey McGillivray (’87, ’15),

Susan Hayes (’90)

Marian Reid (’85)

Kevin Mullen (’86)

Dr. Jeff Hooper

Stephanie Reid (’05)

Larry Mussenden (’86)

Karen Hutt (’89)

Matt Rios (’14)

Kerel Pinder (’06)

Nicole Kirkpatrick

Tony Stewart (’72)

David Roy (’08)

Donalda MacBeath (’75)

Ted Upshaw (’80)

Derek Smith (’05)

Stuart MacLean (’83)

Tammy Walker (’92)

Cynthia Trudell (’74)

The Honorable James MacPherson (’71)

Sam Zhang (’05)

Stephen Wetmore (’75)

Nancy McCain (’82)

Lana Wood (’82)

Norm McIntyre (’60, ’05)

Ex Officio Members

Francis Yip (’90)

Bethany Moffatt (’82)

Olivia Bryant (’19)

Sundeep Oad (’06)

Taylor Wilson (’20)

Ex Officio Members Bruce Galloway (’68, ’03) Chancellor John Rogers (’79) Chair, Board of Governors

Bruce Phinney (’81) Christine Pound (’00) Dr. Peter Ricketts (’53) Dr. Anna Robbins (’93, ’97)

Dr. Peter Ricketts President and Vice-Chancellor

Emily Samson (’83)

Ron Smith (’71) Chair, Advancement Committee

Ron Smith (’71)

Ryan Conrod (’06) President, Acadia Alumni Association

James Stanley (’68)

Kyle Vandertoorn (’20) President, Acadia Students’ Union Dr. Rod Morrison Vice-President, Advancement Nancy Handrigan (’92) Executive Director, Philanthropy, and Campaign Director Bruce Phinney (’81) Liaison, Advancement Committee

Reverend Dr. Peter Sherwood (’82) Marsha Sobey (’81) Stan Thomas (’81) Kyle Vandertoorn (’20) Dr. Geoffrey Whitehall Lana Wood (’82) Ex Officio Members Bruce Galloway (’68, ’03) Chancellor Arthur Irving (’52, ’03) Chancellor Emeritus George Bishop (’65, ’06) Honorary Governor H. Gordon MacNeill (’48, ’87) Honorary Governor


Thank you At Acadia, we firmly believe in a human-scale university model – one where students are immersed in learning in the classroom and beyond; a place where students work side-by-side with dedicated faculty to find solutions to world issues. Our ability to prepare our students for life rests in large part on the foresight and generosity of donors like you. Your investment has a tremendous impact on the quality of education experienced by our students, and on the body of research our students and faculty can achieve. Thank you for your continued support. You are helping to sustain the Acadia of today and build the Acadia of the future.

Rod Morrison, DPhil Vice-President, Office of Advancement

Nancy Handrigan (’92) Executive Director, Philanthropy and Campaign Director

Office of Advancement Staff Rod Morrison, DPhil Vice-President, Advancement

Len Hawley Development Officer, Athletics

Fred Sgambati (’83, ’85) Communications Officer, Alumni Affairs

Nancy Handrigan (’92) Executive Director, Philanthropy and Campaign Director

Stephen Healy (’08) Development Officer

Sandra Symonds Events Coordinator

Melanie Jackson (’99, ’01) Events Coordinator

Elizabeth Taylor Finance Assistant

Debbie MacMillan Events Coordinator

Cassie Tremain Senior Manager, Advancement Services

Miriam Maenhout Development Assistant

Sherri Turner Manager, Campaign Communications

Melanie Coleman (’13) Administrative Assistant

Oonagh Proudfoot (’93, ’06) Senior Alumni Officer

Natalie Weekes Digital Communications Coordinator

Brett Hatfield (’14) Coordinator, Advancement Services

Amy Robinson (’17) Development Coordinator

Ian Murray (’88) Executive Director, Alumni Affairs and Advancement Strategy Laura Caldwell Administrative Assistant, VP Advancement



1838 Society: building on an inspiring personal legacy “Acadia helped me to develop the confidence that brought me to where I am now,” she adds. “So it really is about this: don’t you want to help someone else?” Helping others.

Hennigar, who serves as a Campaign for Acadia Cabinet member, will be reaching out to her Jodrey School of Computer Science network to garner support for a computer science scholarship drive.

As a member of Acadia’s Campaign Cabinet, Ruth Hennigar (’81) likes to lead by example. She is a sustaining supporter of Acadia, establishing a scholarship for young women in computer science and funding WISE Acadia – Women in Science and Engineering – every year. More recently, Hennigar established a $1-million bequest to Acadia in her will. “The bequest is to focus on faculty excellence because without great professors and great programs you don’t attract great students,” she says. One of only a handful of women who studied computer science when personal computers were in their infancy, Hennigar credits Acadia with sparking in her the skills and confidence to succeed. Her career as an engineering and product management executive spanned start-ups and Fortune 500 companies including Apple, eBay, Motorola/Google and Sun/Java. 38

“I hope to help them see how they can change the trajectory of someone’s decision to come to Acadia and participate in the industry when they graduate,” she says. “I’d like to get folks thinking not only about a big gift today, which is always nice, but an ongoing giving plan and perhaps putting Acadia in their estate plan. Many campaigns get interest in the moment, but we need to sustain that interest and ongoing engagement with our alumni.”

Consider making your legacy gift and become a part of the 1838 Society.



An estate gift is a thoughtful and powerful way to ensure that succeeding generations will have access to an exceptional post-secondary experience at Acadia University. The 1838 Society recognizes donors who have notified Acadia of their intention to leave a legacy to the University. “I believe Acadia was fundamental in setting me up and positioning me for where I am. What better way to thank the University than to help launch others into that kind of success?” – Ruth Hennigar (’81), Member of the 1838 Society

Join us. Help sustain the Acadia of today and build the Acadia of the future. With a $75-million goal, Campaign for Acadia is the most ambitious fundraiser in Acadia University’s history.



Join us. Help sustain the Acadia of today and build the Acadia of the future. With a $75-million goal, Campaign for Acadia is the most ambitious fundraiser in our history.

The campaign supports four priorities that reflect Acadia’s mission:





extraordinary student experiences

exceptional teaching and engagement

innovative research and inquiry

proud heritage and promising horizons

Foster access and success so that all deserving students can experience a transformative education.

Attract and retain outstanding faculty who are committed to exceptional teaching across all programs.

Promote discovery and innovation through support for our student and faculty researchers.

Enhance our physical and financial infrastructure to benefit students, faculty, and the community.

transform goal



inspire goal

discover goal

build goal







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