2014 Alumni Tribute Awards
Join us as we shine the spotlight on some of our proud graduates during the 33rd Alumni Tribute Awards.
Our ceremony has moved from Fall 2014 to early 2015. Stay tuned for more details!
Newly expanded in 2002, the Alumni Tribute Awards are designed to increase the level of recognition for a greater number of the outstanding women and men who are Memorial University’s alumni.
We encourage you to consider a colleague or former classmate who may be a deserving alumni and nominate them for a Tribute Award in 2014.
Cost: $125 per ticket
Location: Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
Award Category Descriptions
I. Alumni of the Year Award
This is the award of highest distinction and was previously called the Lifetime Achievement Award. Recipients of the award must have:
1. Achieved an exceptionally high distinction in a chosen career or field of endeavor and/or;
2. Made an outstanding contribution in their field that is highly uncommon and/or;
3. Displayed exceptional human values that are an inspiration to those with whom they come in contact and/or;
4. Remained a part of Memorial University and the community at large.
II. J.D. Eaton Alumni Award
This award recognizes outstanding volunteer contribution to the university, and replaces the Eaton Society Award. Recipients must have:
1. Demonstrated exceptional leadership and outstanding volunteer service to Memorial University and/or;
2. Demonstrated strong participation in activities that have enhanced that stature, reputation and overall strength of Memorial University and/or;
3. Represented Memorial University to other appropriate organizations, institutions and/or the community in a manner that showcases Memorial in an exceptional manner.
III. Alumni Horizon Award
1. Be 35 years of age or younger as of the close of nominations for the Awards and;
2. Have demonstrated exceptional distinction or contribution in a chosen field of endeavor that is unusual in that field at a young age and/or;
3. Have displayed exceptional human values that are an inspiration to those with whom they come in contact.
IV. Outstanding Community Service Award
1. Have demonstrated exceptional volunteer service locally or internationally that has made a positive difference to the well-being of others and/or;
2. Be someone who has donated their personal time, expertise, or knowledge to others and/or;
3. Have no intention to generate personal, financial or commercial gain and/or;
4. Not be part of individual’s job description.
2013's recipients were
From left: Randy Murphy, Frank Durnford, Eleanor Swanson, Dr. Gary Kachanoski, President and Vice-Chancellor and Brendan Paddick. Photo by Dennis Flynn.
Brendan John Paddick (B.Comm.(Co-op) ’86, MBA'94), Alumnus of the Year Award recipient
Mr. Paddick is chairman and chief executive officer of Columbus International Inc., a privately held corporation with Newfoundland and Labrador roots. Columbus is a leading provider of wholesale broadband capacity services and retail broadband-enabled services for commercial and retail customers with operations in the Caribbean, Latin America and North American markets. The transformation of the unreliable, disjointed and unorganized Caribbean and Latin telecom industry into the streamlined, efficient and cohesive Columbus network is continuing as Mr. Paddick and his team expand their reach into new geographies and with increased market penetration in existing areas.
Eleanor Anne Swanson (M.Ed.’77), recipient of the J.D. Eaton Award that recognizes leadership and outstanding contributions to Memorial University
Ms. Swanson’s career with the Department of Health spanned 37 years. Her leadership skills were honed very early in her profession when she was a patrol leader for Girl Guides. Ms. Swanson was twice elected to Memorial’s Board of Regents starting in 2005 and has since been an appointed board member. Throughout her tenure she has served with active distinction, as member and vice-chair, and even as the board representative on Memorial’s very successful Dare To fundraising campaign. She has enhanced the stature, reputation and overall strength of Memorial through her volunteer work with the university as well as other organizations, institutions and the community.
Randy James Murphy (B.Comm.’72) was recognized with the Alumni Award for Outstanding Community Service
Mr. Murphy has had a tremendous impact on tourism and communities throughout the Avalon region of the province and was the founding member of the East Coast Trail Association, where he served as president for 17 years. Today, East Coast Trail attracts more than 60,000 hiker visits, including local hiking enthusiasts and tourists from around the world. The trail has been recognized by National Geographic on two occasions: in 2010 the magazine ranked the Avalon Peninsula as the world’s No.1 coastal destination. In 2012 the publication identified the East Coast Trail as one of the top 10 adventure destinations in the world.
Francis (Frank) Perry Durnford (BA(Hons.)’03) received the Horizon Award, recognizing exceptional achievement by alumni under the age of 35
Upon graduation from Memorial’s Faculty of Arts, Mr. Durnford continued his law studies at the Dalhousie Law School, and is currently employed with Enbridge Pipelines. Mr. Durnford contributed to the community by chairing a United Way campaign for two years and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity initiatives. He is now the executive director of the non-profit group energy4everyone Foundation, whose mission is to alleviate poverty through increasing access to energy in developing countries. Mr. Durnford runs projects in Peru, Ghana and Tanzania, which give him the opportunity to experience first-hand the value of energy and the importance of corporate social responsibility.