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UPEI Distinguished and Inspiring Alumni Awards

The UPEI Alumni Association was excited to present this years Distinguished and Inspiring Alumni Awards to three very deserving recipients, during Reunion Weekend 2015.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are the highest honour presented by the UPEI Alumni Association. Each year the Alumni Association commemorates one or more of our alumni for their outstanding contributions to knowledge, the arts, the community, the university, or humanity.

The criteria for these awards are based on the University of Prince Edward Island's motto, "faith, knowledge, service".

Distinguished Alumni Award
Noreen MacDonald, CND (SDU' 65)
Sister Noreen has spent her life in the service of others. After teaching and counselling students across Prince Edward Island and around the world for 35 years, she has devoted her retirement to helping youth in Cameroon by establishing schools to meet the needs of the local community. Her extraordinary humanitarian efforts were recognized by the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty by being named as an honorary member.

John W. Andrew (PWC' 65)
Dr. Andrew is a celebrated medical physicist with a career spanning almost 40 years. Highly respected in his field, he has been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists by his peers. He is a dedicated volunteer and community leader earning a Citizen Recognition Award from the City of Charlottetown.

Inspiring Young Alumni Award
Amber Jadis (Dip.Eng '01, MBA '11)
Ms. Jadis is an innovative entrepreneur who has a strong connection to her community. She is the owner of multiple businesses and has used her skills and abilities to grow and expand the minds of our Island youth through her business Bricks 4 Kidz. Her community service has been recognized and honoured by Engineers PEI and Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

The Inspiring Young Alumni Award was established in 2011 to honour alumni under the age of 40, who have shown outstanding determination in achieving success at a young age.
View photos from Reunion Weekend 2015

UPEI Alumni & Friends New England Chapter

UPEI Men's Hockey Panthers will be in Boston to take on Harvard University on October 23rd and in New Hampshire to play against Dartmouth College on October 24th.

An alumni event is currently being planned and if you are in the area, we encourage you to attend the games and cheer on your UPEI Panthers!

If you are planning to attend please contact and keep up-to-date on all the details.


Calgary Friends of UPEI

Join the Calgary Friends of UPEI for a special Evening with Lennie Gallant and the cast of “Searching for Abegweit”, Saturday, November 7th at the Glencoe Club in Calgary. 

The event, which begins at 5:30 pm, will also feature an amazing three-course dinner and the ever popular silent and live auction. 

Visit the Friends of UPEI Calgary website for more information. 


School of Sustainable Design Engineering

The School of Sustainable Design Engineering welcomes its first ever, third year cohort.

The University of Prince Edward Island marked a milestone on September 10 when the School of Sustainable Design Engineering welcomed 12 students into the third year of study for its new Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design Engineering degree program. The first-ever, third-year cohort was part of an exciting orientation day for all engineering students at Greenwich, Prince Edward Island National Park.


UPEI Athletics to Kick off Season

UPEI’s Department of Athletics and Recreation staff, coaches, and players are gearing up for an exciting 2015-2016 varsity season. The Panther Kick Off is Thursday, September 17th at Red Shores Charlottetown, and everyone's invited!

AVC Open House 

The Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island will hold its 27th annual Open House on Saturday, September 26, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Alumni & Friends Updates

We are proud of your accomplishments!

  • Dale Sorensen (BMus '91) released the CD "Harambee: Canadian Music for Trombone" featuring the world premiere recordings of four Canadian works for solo trombone (available from or iTunes). He completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at U of T and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of low brass at MUN this year.
  • Dr. Theresa Bernardo (MSc '89) - Distinguished Alumni 2011, has been named Guelph`s new IDEXX Chair in Emerging Technologies and Bond-Centred Animal Healthcare. 
  • The Brampton Beast are excited to announce the re-signing of Mathew Maione (BSc'15), last season’s Rookie and Fan Favourite Player of the Year.
  • Dr. Janice Keefe (BA '84) was presented with the Danny and Martie Murphy Leadership award and Dr. John Flood (SDU '69) was presented with the Ferne Stevenson Caregiver Award during an Alzheimer Society of P.E.I. luncheon ceremony.

In Memoriam

Our deepest sympathies to the friends and families of:

  • Don Wood (PWC '54)
  • Lynetta Brown (PWC '37)
  • Mildred Campbell (PWC '44)
  • Helen Conway (BA '77, BEd '78)
  • Gerry Steele (SDU '54)
  • Shirley MacRae (PWC) 
  • Pauline Dalziel (PWC '48)
  • Michael Flanagan (BA '70, BEd '72)
  • Andrew Coady (BA '06)
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