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Kelly-Anne MacNeil, BA, CHRM

Graduation Year: 2014

Kelly-Anne MacNeil, BA14 went on to receive her Master's Degree in Information Studies from McGill University (2016), and is currently the Archivist for the Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council-Treaty Aboriginal Rights Research Program Archive in Alberta. Kelly-Anne credits Saint Mary’s with allowing her to discover her passion for history and she is grateful for both an excellent education and the support she needed to pursue her studies. Two younger siblings, also from Yarmouth, are following in Kelly-Anne’s footsteps by also attending SMU.

Tyler Cuthbert, BSc

Graduation Year: 2012

Tyler Cuthbert BSc 12 has recently completed his doctoral studies in inorganic polymer chemistry at the University of Western Ontario and graduated with a Ph.D. Originally from Omemee, Ontario, Tyler played defence for the Hockey Huskys and was a member of the 2010 National Men’s University Championship team.

Courtney Merriam, BA, CHRM

Graduation Year: 2000

Courtney Merriam BA00, CHRM01 was awarded a 2016 Saint Mary’s University President’s Award for Exemplary Service. This award recognizes employees who have demonstrated outstanding service to the University community beyond that normally expected for their positions. Courtney works in the Dean of Science Office.

Sarah Elaine Eaton, BA

Graduation Year: 1992

Sarah Elaine Eaton BA92 was invited to represent the University of Calgary at the Technology in English Event at The White House last November. This special event was held by special invitation and Eaton was the only Canadian to be invited. Read a full report of the event here:

Brenda Hogan, BComm

Graduation Year: 1991

Brenda Hogan, BComm 91 has been appointed to the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University and will also sit on the Finance, Audit, Investment, and Risk Committees.

Annette MacKay, BA

Graduation Year: 1990

Annette MacKay BA90 retired in June after 30 years with Bell Aliant. She is moving on to the next life chapter as a Certified Travel Professional with GOwithHippo Travel. Annette would love to hear from old friends and other SMU alumni about corporate or personal travel needs. Contact her at

Mark Surrette, MBA

Graduation Year: 1980

Mark Surrette MBA80 is a partner at Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette in Halifax. He received the Order of the Rising Son, Golden Rays with Neck Ribbon from The Japanese Consul General of Halifax in a ceremony on June 26th.

Blair Beed, BComm

Graduation Year: 1977

Blair Beed BComm77 was a guest speaker at the British Titanic Society Convention in Southampton, England in April with the topic 'Halifax Canadian City of Sadness and the White Star Connections.' Afterwards, he treated himself to a 30-day trip around the UK to mark his 40-year graduation anniversary from Saint Mary’s, and was in London the day of the car attack on Parliament. Luckily, Blair had made a left turn instead of a right just moments before and missed the tragic events by a hair. The next day, he joined thousands of others at a vigil in Trafalgar Square. This December, he will speak at a number of events to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.

Joseph P Hebert, BA68

Graduation Year: 1968

Joseph P Hebert BA68 and Sue Hebert recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Joe retired from the United States Army in 2000 and lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He and Sue have three children with youngest, Shawn, currently serving as an officer in US Army and the Professor of Military Science (PMS) at New Mexico Military Institute.

Burris Devanney, BA59, LLD04

Graduation Year: 1959

Burris Devanney continues his work in Africa, most recently helping to implement a unique "community mobilization" program in rural villages in Ghana and Uganda. Burris has also just edited and co-authored his second book, "Always a Work in Progress," a comprehensive analysis of social democratic policy-making in the Nova Scotia NDP since the party's founding in 1962.