MUN names alumni award recipients

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Memorial University has announced the recipients of its 2012 Alumni Tribute Awards to recognize people who have made an outstanding contribution to their communities and the university.

Dr. Andrew Furey, an orthopedic surgeon and assistant professor of surgery at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine, is this year's Alumnus of the Year award recipient.

Furey is also co-founder and president of Team Broken Earth, a volunteer task force supporting the relief effort in Haiti. Under Furey’s leadership, Team Broken Earth has completed six successful missions to Haiti, providing care for more than 500 patients a week.

Furey is also a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and has published numerous research papers in the field of orthopedic surgery.

Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie is this year’s recipient of the J.D.Eaton Alumni Award.

A former chancellor of Memorial, Crosbie is described by MUN as one of the province’s most notable political figures. He is a renowned Newfoundlander and Labradorian and a dedicated and steadfast supporter of the province and Memorial University.

Tom Mills is being recognized with the Alumni Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Throughout his career as a family counsellor, Mills is recognized for having had a "tremendous impact "on the lives of many immigrants and New Canadians in this province and for being an advocate for those fighting against adversity.

A lifelong learner and dedicated volunteer,  MUN says Mills’ commitment to helping others and serving his community has inspired all who’ve known and worked with him.

Josh Quinton will receive the Horizon Award, recognizing exceptional achievement by alumni under the age of 35. At just 28 years old, Quinton is quickly moving up the ranks in the financial industry in New York City. He joined Bloomberg in 2007 where he now leads a team covering pensions, hedge funds, central banks and money managers in the Northeast U.S. and Canada. Quinton is an award-winning employee at Bloomberg who regularly consults with influential decision makers, providing clients a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. A strong champion for Memorial, the university says he is an avid volunteer and mentor and serves on the finance committee of the Grenfell Association of America in New York. 

"Once again this year, there were many exceptional Tribute Award nominees," said Brian King, chairman of the Alumni Tribute Awards selection committee. "The 2012 winners are highly accomplished and community-focused individuals who have made significant contributions at local, national and global levels. I offer my sincere congratulations to these outstanding individuals."

The 31st Annual Alumni Tribute Awards ceremony will take place Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can call the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development at 709-864-4354 or email rsvpalumni@mun.ca. Tickets are $125 per person and are only available in advance.

Organizations: Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, Bloomberg, Outstanding Community Service Grenfell Association of America Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland.Anyone Office of Alumni Affairs and Development

Geographic location: Haiti, New York City, U.S. Canada

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  • Samuel
    October 05, 2012 - 12:09

    Wow. The ticket prices seem a tad steep. Guess they're trying to weed out us ... the great unwashed... from this ceremony.