Over 230 St. Mary’s supporters, donors and community members gathered at Heritage Park’s Gasoline Alley on Thursday, March 9 for the 22nd Annual President’s Dinner. The evening was in support of St. Mary’s students as they grow and embark on their educational journeys and reach their dreams.

Throughout the evening, guests were invited to bid on a number of interesting silent auction items before taking their seats for dinner and hearing a few words from members of the St. Mary’s community, including student speaker, Justin Fry.

Fry, a fourth year biology student, spoke passionately about the important role the university plays in his personal and academic success. He touched on many areas of his student experience at St. Mary’s; small class sizes, strong relationships with his professors and classmates, intense academic programs and how all of that ties into feeling prepared for his future endeavors.

Following Fry’s inspiring talk, our keynote speaker Mr. George Brookman took the stage. As he shared a number of stories, Brookman called the audience to reflect on past successes and challenged them to embrace the digital era as it continues to transform the future. His presentation encouraged the guests and left them feeling positive as he shared his thoughts on Calgary’s next few years.

For St. Mary’s to continue to provide the best possible resources, facilities and educational experiences to our students the institution relies on the generosity and support from the community. St. Mary’s is extremely thankful to our volunteers and local businesses who helped make the President’s Dinner a success for our guests, and we are especially thankful for the generosity of our corporate sponsors: Valentine Volvo, Matco Investments Ltd., Richardson GMP Mackie Wealth Group, Calgary Flames Limited Partnership, Pyramid Productions Ltd. and Mountainview Printing and Graphics.