Fundraiser sup­ports Mount Royal bur­saries

Calgary Herald - - YOU - BILL BROOKS Visit mru.ca/mmb to learn more about this im­por­tant ini­tia­tive.

Since its found­ing in 1910, hun­dreds of Mount Royal stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff and alumni have served in uni­form. Since the First World War, 29 have made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice. In keep­ing with the tra­di­tion of forg­ing life­long con­nec­tions, Mount Royal Univer­sity cre­ated memo­rial bur­saries in the name of each of the fallen sol­diers. The bur­saries were an­nounced in 2011 to co­in­cide with MRU’s cen­ten­nial year.

A se­lect group of guests gath­ered in the home of phi­lan­thropist and com­mu­nity leader Ann McCaig on Sept. 26 to rec­og­nize and sup­port the bur­sary pro­gram. A spe­cial ad­dress from re­tired gen­eral John de Chaste­lain, Mount Royal alum­nus and hon­orary chair of the MRU Mil­i­tary Memo­rial Bur­saries Cam­paign, in­spired guests to dig deep and sup­port the in­valu­able bur­saries pro­gram. The pro­gram is MRU’s prin­ci­pal Canada 150 ini­tia­tive and hopes to raise $4 mil­lion, which will en­sure en­dow­ment for 29 stu­dent schol­ar­ships each year. Thanks to the in­valu­able sup­port of guests in at­ten­dance at the re­cep­tion, the cam­paign is now more than halfway to­ward its goal.

Shar­ing the podium this night with de Chaste­lain were MRU pres­i­dent David Docherty and vice-pres­i­dent Paul Ross­mann. Other guests in at­ten­dance at the in­spi­ra­tional event in­cluded: Werk­lund Foun­da­tion’s David Werk­lund and his wife Su­san Nor­man; Boy­den’s Kevin Gre­gor; Trico Foun­da­tion’s Eleanor Chiu; Tran­sAlta’s Hunter Wight; Marg South­ern; Mary Lougheed; MRU Foun­da­tion board mem­ber and Tri­mac vice-pres­i­dent Scott Calver and his wife Tina Rossi; Rachel Her­bert (sis­ter of fallen soldier Nathan Horn­burg) and her hus­band Tyler Her­bert; Univer­sity of Cal­gary chan­cel­lor Deb­o­rah Yedlin; Stella Thomp­son; Bret “The Hit­man” Hart; West Cana­dian’s Ge­orge Brook­man; Kim Ber­jian and her hus­band Mike Sm­i­lie; Stephanie Fe­lesky; Bruce Edgelow; Li­brary Foun­da­tion chair Pat Moore; Gerry and Anna Maier; Mau­rice McCaig; and MRU’s Lind­say Cum­ming and Terry Kel­lam.

PHO­TOS, BILL BROOKS

From left, at a re­cep­tion held in the home of Ann McCaig to rec­og­nize Mount Royal Univer­sity’s Mil­i­tary Memo­rial Bur­saries Cam­paign are guest of hon­our, key­note speaker and re­tired gen­eral John de Chaste­lain, McCaig and MRU pres­i­dent David Docherty.

From left, MRU Foun­da­tion board mem­ber Scott Calver and his wife Tina Rossi, Rachel Her­bert and Tyler Her­bert were in at­ten­dance to sup­port the bur­sary pro­gram. Rachel’s brother Nathan Horn­burg was killed on Sept. 24, 2007, while serv­ing on a NATO mis­sion in Afghanistan.

U of C chan­cel­lor Deb­o­rah Yedlin, left, and Stella Thomp­son.

Werk­lund Foun­da­tion’s Su­san Nor­man and her hus­band David Werk­lund were among the guests sup­port­ing the Mil­i­tary Memo­rial Bur­saries Cam­paign, MRU’s prin­ci­pal Canada 150 ini­tia­tive which hopes to raise $4 mil­lion.

Bret “The Hit­man” Hart joined MRU pres­i­dent David Docherty at the re­cep­tion held in the home of Ann McCaig on Sept. 26. Thanks to guests, the Mil­i­tary Memo­rial Bur­saries Cam­paign is now more than halfway to­ward its goal.

From left, Boy­den’s Kevin Gre­gor, Trico Foun­da­tion’s Eleanor Chiu and Tran­sAlta’s Hunter Wight.

From left, Marg South­ern, MRU vice-pres­i­dent Paul Ross­mann and Mary Lougheed.

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