FEATURE STORY Award-winning Alumni During the 2013 Reunion weekend, three awards were presented to recognize alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and dedication to their alma mater and/or to their community. Alumni award recipients (left to right) Eric Lapointe (’00), Sandra Murray (’59), and Alex Morrison (’68), are shown at the alumni banquet during Reunion weekend with University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell (left) and alumni past president David Rose (’90). by Melissa Woods (’12) Eric Lapointe (’00) of Brossard, QC, received the Contemporary Achievement Award, recognizing outstanding achieve- ment by an alumnus or alumna within 15 years of graduation. Lapointe was honoured for both his athletic and career achievements. Recently elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Lapointe played football for the Mount Allison Mounties and went on to play with the Montreal Alouettes. He has also served as an alumni volunteer since graduation. Lapointe’s ties to the community were so close during his time at Mount Allison that he even appeared as one Grade 2 boy’s “show and tell” item. That second grader, Wray Perkin, is a member of the Class of 2013, and was the one to present Lapointe with his award. Lt. Col. (ret.) Alex Morrison (’68) of Sydney, NS, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing outstanding achieve- Sandra Murray (’59) of Ottawa, ON, received the Charles Frederick Allison Award, recognizing outstanding contribution to Mount Allison. Murray was an active alumni board member from 1989 to 2004. She has been a key member of the Ottawa alumni chapter for more than 20 years, contributing countless hours to organizing chapter events and bringing Ottawa Allisonians together. Murray also acts as a mentor to young alumni volunteers. Upon accepting her award, Murray explained she engraved her feelings about Mount Allison on her grad ring. This inscription reads, “My heart is there.” ment by alumni in their community and celebrating their lifetime achievements. Morrison served in the Canadian Army for more than 30 years. He spent six years as the military advisor to the Canadian permanent representative to the United Nations (UN), acting as counsellor and minister-counsellor at the permanent mission of Canada to the UN, a member of the Canadian delegation to the UN Security Council, rapporteur-general of the international conference on the relationship between disarmament and development, and vice-chairman of the UN peacekeeping committee. Following his retirement, Morrison served as president of the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies and founding president of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre. In those capacities, he has been active nationally and internationally promoting all aspects of peace, security, and stability. Morrison was awarded the Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal for his accomplishments and is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 30 books. To nominate alumni, friends, faculty, or staff for these awards, or to request additional information, please contact the alumni office. Nominations close Dec. 1, 2013. The 2014 awards will be presented during reunion weekend at the annual alumni banquet. 30 / Summer 2013 / RECORD