This highly prestigious award honours a St. Mary’s University community members who has contributed in an impactful manner to the University over a period of time. The award is open to anyone who is part of the University community including but not limited to faculty, staff, students, and volunteers and reflects the organizational values and diverse make-up within the University community and is seen as a source of pride and inspiration to others.
Many in our University community have had the great privilege of working with Verna Wright over the past 15 years until her retirement from St. Mary’s University at the end of 2020. As a constant in the Student Services team, Verna wore many hats, and served as the welcoming front desk Coordinator of Enrolment Services to her most recent role as Associate Registrar.
Verna fostered collaboration and cooperation, ultimately building excellence within St. Mary’s University. It is hard to find a department at St. Mary’s that has not worked closely with Verna. To add, Verna was a role model for her coworkers to follow in her devoted service to students. Countless protocols and logistics that are in place today were implemented by Verna from her sincere desire to make the student experience at St. Mary’s the very best it could be. As student, faculty, and staff populations increased, Verna kept up the necessary level of support to everyone in the St. Mary’s community. It is Verna’s dedication and commitment we recognize today with the 2021 St. Mary’s Order of Excellence, and we will feel and appreciate the positive impact of Verna’s contributions for years to come.St. Mary’s University would also like to encourage our community to take part in this celebration! Share your messages on our virtual message board and share your photos on social media with the hashtag #StMUGrad2021