The University of Windsor Alumni Association will honour an outstanding educator as well as six graduates at varying stages of their careers at its Annual General Meeting and Awards Presentations evening on Thursday, November 16, starting at 5 p.m. in the CAW Student Centre's Ambassador Auditorium.
Law professor Anneke Smit will receive the Excellence in Mentoring Award in recognition of her leadership in her field and guidance of students beyond the classroom. Nominees cited her kind spirit, generosity, and collaborative approach as characteristics the earned Dr. Smit this distinction.
The Alumni Award of Merit recognizes career and personal accomplishments which have brought honour to the University of Windsor. This year will see three recipients:
Bernarda Camello-Doctor (M.Ed 1984), a student advocate who has served on the alumni association board, as vice-president of the Organization of Part-time University Students, a founding member of the Kidscare Philippines Education Service Centre, and a volunteer with church organizations, the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, and the Multicultural Council of Windsor-Essex;
Vince Bassman (BComm 1970), an accountant whose involvement includes terms as president of the alumni association’s board of directors, as a member of the UWindsor Board of Governors, and on the boards of the Community Care Access Centre, the Windsor-Essex Sports Hall of Fame, United Way, The Ontario Hockey League, and Essex Golf and Country Club;
Ferio Pugliese (BA 1992, BComm 1994), a corporate manager currently serving as an executive vice-president of the Hydro One electricity utility and previously a senior executive at WestJet airline, recognized by Caldwell Partners in 2007 as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, and frequently volunteering his time to speak with students of the Odette School of Business.
The Odyssey Award recognizes alumni who are in the early years of their career path, having distinguished themselves through successes in career endeavours, notable achievements in their local community or the University of Windsor, or through significant or innovative achievement in their professional or personal lives. This year’s recipients include:
Julie Caron (BMus 2007, BSc 2009), a resident physician in family medicine at Scarborough General Hospital and founding chair of the Canadian World Education Foundation Tanzania;
Emilie Cushman (BComm 2012), co-founder of Kira Talent, a company which develops video technology platforms for post-secondary institutions to assess students from across the world;
Natasha Feghali (BA 2007, B.Ed 2008), a French teacher who volunteers with the Rotary Safety Village, the Easter Seals Society, Transition 2 Betterness and the City of Windsor’s international relations committee.
The event promises complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Find more details on the alumni website.