Har­bour Cen­tre na­tive Anne Camp­bell pre­sented with Friend of St. F.X. hon­our

The Casket - - Local - RICHARD MACKEN­ZIE richard­mac@the­cas­ket.ca

St. F.X. Home­com­ing Week­end kicked-off roy­ally Fri­day (Sept.

28) evening with the 2018 Wel­come Home Din­ner Awards.

Amongst those hon­oured this year, dur­ing the al­ways wellat­tended and fes­tive event, was Anne Camp­bell, who grew up in Har­bour Cen­tre, Antigo­nish County. Camp­bell was rec­og­nized with the ‘Friend of St. F.X.’ hon­our.

“What can I say, I owe a lot to this uni­ver­sity,” Camp­bell said, as alumni from a myr­iad of years min­gled just prior to the start of the din­ner.

In her ci­ta­tion, it would ap­pear that St. F.X. owed a lot to Camp­bell right back.

“Anne Camp­bell’s long as­so­ci­a­tion with St. F.X. be­gan in her home­town of Antigo­nish then con­tin­ued with her late hus­band Michael A. ‘Diker’ Camp­bell, a grad­u­ate of the St. F.X. Classes of 1958 and 1959,” the ci­ta­tion read.

“Anne and Diker were a St. F.X. team of their own, pro­mot­ing and hon­our­ing the spirit of St.

F.X. in their home com­mu­nity of Hal­i­fax. As tire­less vol­un­teers, they were in­volved in the an­nual Fa­ther Ke­hoe Din­ner in Hal­i­fax as well as alumni events, near and far. Their love of St. F.X. was ev­i­dent in their com­mit­ment to alma mater.”

Camp­bell noted her first job was at St. F.X.; work­ing in the alumni af­fairs and pub­lic re­la­tions of­fices.

“Then I met my hus­band here and he would be a proud mem­ber of the Class of 1958,” she said.

“And we both were very pleased that our chil­dren chose to at­tend here; two sons and a daugh­ter have de­grees from St. F.X. Did they jump or were they pushed … I don’t know,” she said with a laugh, dis­play­ing a wry wit.

The ci­ta­tion noted her con­tin­ued work as well on be­half of the uni­ver­sity.

“Anne has con­tin­ued to serve as an ad­vo­cate of St. F.X. alumni in Hal­i­fax, spread­ing the word about alumni gath­er­ings and en­sur­ing peo­ple come out to at­tend,” it reads. “Her en­thu­si­asm is an in­spi­ra­tion and con­trib­utes to the suc­cess of Hal­i­fax chap­ter events. She be­lieves in the im­por­tance of giv­ing back and es­tab­lished the Michael A. Camp­bell Schol­ar­ship to pro­vide an an­nual award to a Ci­tadel High School stu­dent in Hal­i­fax to at­tend St. F.X.”

Camp­bell said she and her late hus­band, a Syd­ney na­tive who passed away in 2012, al­ways en­joyed com­ing back to St. F.X. for var­i­ous func­tions and that even as a girl grow­ing up just out­side of town, she en­joyed St. F.X. events, es­pe­cially sports.

“Prob­a­bly hockey,” she said when asked about her favourite.

“Be­cause my brother-in-law, Dun­can Macin­tyre from Syd­ney, was a great star with St. F.X. and the Antigo­nish Bull­dogs, back when I was a teenager,” she said, of the Nova Sco­tia (1996), Cape Bre­ton (1998) and St. F.X. (1978) Hall of Fame player.

Oth­ers rec­og­nized

Also hon­oured dur­ing the din­ner was Hal­i­fax na­tive Gerry Mccon­nell (Class of 1967) as Dis­tin­guished Alum­nus, An­drew Howlett (Class of 1992) as Young Alum­nus and the Ed­mon­ton Chap­ter as Chap­ter of the Year.

To learn more about those de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ents, visit www.stfx.ca/about/news/ home­com­ing-2018.

Richard Macken­zie

Anne Camp­bell, prior to the Wel­come Home Din­ner where she was rec­og­nized with the Friend of St. F.X. hon­our.

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