The Joy of Giving Back

Here are some of the groups we have supported.

Thanks to our alumni and Affinity Partners, every time you sign up for an insurance program, you not only get a discounted rate, the alumni office is also able to support students and alumni programs.

Stephanie Cleary

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

With parents like Betty (nee Flinn) and Kevin Cleary (BA’57, BEd’58, MA’61), Stephanie Cleary, QC (BSc’86) was destined to love Saint Mary’s University. 

“Dad was the Registrar when I was born and went on to serve as Secretary to the Senate until his retirement in 1999,” she says. “I was born a Husky and grew up racing around the halls of McNally!” 


Joseph Daniel

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

There’s no shortage of Saint Mary’s talk at Joseph Daniel’s family dinners. Joseph graduated from Saint Mary’s in 1992 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. His older brother and one sister also graduated from the Sobey School of Business and a niece just completed her second year. To add to the mix, his wife, Dr. Jocelyne Faddoul, works at Saint Mary’s as an assistant professor in the Department…

Dr. Sastry and Suseela Vankamamidi

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

Dr. Sastry Vankamamidi understands the power of student financial aid. Sastry arrived in Halifax from India in 1973 on a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship. After earning his PhD, he joined the Saint Mary’s Faculty of Engineering in 1985 and became a full time associate professor the following year. A well-respected teacher, he soon earned a reputation for knowing all his students by name and taking…

Pam Winsor

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

Pam Winsor (EMBA’00) credits Saint Mary’s University and the EMBA she earned at the Sobey School of Business with putting her on the path to a dream career. As the Senior Director of Health Policy, Stakeholder Engagement & Chief Marketing Officer for Medtronic Canada, Pam is proud to play a lead role in Canadian healthcare.

“Medtronic is a global, multinational that develops transformative…


By SMU Alumni | spring 2014

The Saint Mary’s University LGTBQ Society had an amazing year with a whole host of events. They included a full Pride Week during the school year featuring celebrated events like Drag Your Heels. They also partook in the city’s Pride Parade along with representation from Athletics and Alumni. SMUQ won Society of the Year for the second year running in 2014. We recently funded SMUQ to develop…

Maroon & White Ball

By SMU Alumni | spring 2014

The Saint Mary’s Alumni Office is always pleased to help support the Grad Class Society. This year, the Maroon & White Graduation Ball was held at the Westin Hotel and welcomed hundreds of graduates to a night of dinner, dancing, and fun. Mary Evelyn Ternan, Vice President of the Alumni Council, was there to make a toast to the graduating students, along with other members of the Council in attendance.

Women’s Centre

By SMU Alumni | spring 2014

The Alumni Office had the opportunity to happily help fund the Women’s Centre this year! Financial support went to amazing events such as The Vagina Monologues, Consent Workshops, and educational film screenings. It also helped with the overall running of the Office which is available to all students on a regular basis.

International Student Orientation

By SMU Alumni | spring 2014

The International Centre welcomes hundreds of new students from outside of Canada to campus every year with their International Student Orientation. This provides special information workshops, bonding, and fun for students who might have a harder time adjusting to life in Canada. We’re happy to support the Orientation’s welcome breakfast, along with other events during the week!

SMUSA Individual Student Funding

By SMU Alumni | spring 2014

We were able to fund the SMUSA Individual Student Funding initiative to allow students opportunities to travel for academic purposes. These were primarily for presenting posters and talks at academic and industry conferences around the world.


By SMU Alumni | spring 2014

Students involved with Saint Mary’s Enactus had the opportunity to participate in this year’s Regional competition this past spring. They took home first prize in two categories and second in another. That qualifies them to attend the National competition in Calgary at the end of April. Victoria Blue, a Sobey School of Business marketing student, also won the HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow Award…

Commerce Dinner

By SMU Alumni | spring 2014

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, along with various members of the business community, again gathered to celebrate the 40th Annual Business Dinner. The keynote speaker was Dr. Paul Sobey, recently retired President and CEO of Empire Company Limited. The emcee was former Alumni Council member Ross Simmonds, BComm’09. Special guests included the founding members of the Dinner from 1974.

Men’s Baseball

By SMU Alumni | spring 2014

Members of Saint Mary’s Men’s Baseball team, which is a Club not Varsity, had the rare opportunity to go to Nationals this year. They placed second in Atlantic Canada, qualifying them for their first National championship in five years. They had a fantastic run and we were very pleased to be able to help them along the way.

Africa Night

By SMU Alumni | spring 2014

As a Gold Sponsor for this year’s Africa Night, we were able to help the Saint Mary’s African Student Society present another outstanding evening of celebration. The theme this year was “Panafricanism: Portrayed” and featured a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela.

Pictured here are soon-to-be Saint Mary’s graduates, Mufadzi Nyamarebvu and Kaizer Munyanyi.

Peaceful Schools International

By SMU Alumni | spring 2014

Erin McIntosh, Future Alumna, Kristie Mailman, BA’13, Emily Anderson, MA’12, and Cait Dix, MA’11, partake in the Peaceful Schools International’s Northern Ireland Conflict Resolution Project in West Ireland. They promote peace education in schools along the Ireland and Northern Ireland borders. The program is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.


By SMU Alumni | spring 2014

This marked the third year that Saint Mary’s has participated in the largest post-secondary fundraiser in the country, raising money for cystic fibrosis research and patient care. The Alumni Office was able to help both monetarily and in person, as one of our Alumni Officers, Sarah MacDonald, along with other alumni volunteers, were able to help deliver lunch on Shine Day to all of the student…


By SMU Alumni

Five graduating students-Amy Su, Colten Steele, Cameron MacKenzie, Alex McInnis, and Allison Taylor-participated in a teaching opportunity in Jamaica this past semester. They were involved in organizing educational games, teaching, providing one-on-one care, assisting with daily activities, chores and helping with improvements to the orphanage and community. They described their time as providing…