On November 11, Canadians honoured the men and women who serve and sacrifice for our country. The University of Guelph recognized this important day at its annual Remembrance Day ceremony at War Memorial Hall, and the University of Guelph Alumni Association (UGAA) had the distinct honour of placing a memorial wreath at the altar, on behalf of all alumni. We take part in this yearly service through formal readings, marching in the processional and laying the wreath to recognize all those who have lost their lives in the service of Canada, including University of Guelph alumni, faculty, and staff who served in both World Wars. It is an honour for the UGAA to take part in this service and it is one of the many ways we keep the history and memories of alumni alive at U of G.
As a ten-member board of volunteer alumni, the UGAA works in close partnership with Alumni Affairs and Development to build and sustain lifelong relationships with alumni, parents, staff, faculty, and friends of the University of Guelph, while strengthening alumni connections and involvement. It is our mission to encourage communication within the alumni family, and between alumni and the University, while fostering partnerships between the University and the public. We look for opportunities to give alumni a voice and presence on campus by raising funds for initiatives like the Gryphon statue, the new athletic centre climbing wall and lounge, and the soon-to-be-completed Alumni Plaza. The plaza is own formal space at the foot of War Memorial Hall steps, where distinguished alumni will be honoured.
We also have active representation in university life through roles on senate committees, awards committees, student councils and new student orientations that continue to add vibrancy and presence to University life through participation in convocations and student life initiatives. The UGAA is proud of our ongoing place within the University and our continued contributions to University of Guelph life and legacy and as graduates, we are all members. #Foreveragryphon.
- Doug Campbell, Director, BA ‘88