Seen at the Alumni Awards,
in the back row, are Malcolm Renshaw, Randy Swedburg and Vince Labossière.
In the front are Patsy Lightbown, John OBrien, Claude St. Amour,
John Freund and Jonathan Wener.
Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj
by Barbara Black
The 11th annual Alumni Recognition
Awards were presented at a banquet on April 5.
The Humberto Santos Award of Merit was presented to Jonathan Wener (Sir
George BCom 1971).
A well-known real estate developer (Canderel), Mr. Wener has been an active
member of Concordias Board of Governors since 1995, and head of
the Boards real estate committee since 1996. He has helped Concordia
expand its real estate holdings and has been heavily involved in the plans
to dramatically alter the universitys facilities over the next few
He was a volunteer canvasser for both of Concordias capital campaigns,
and remains involved in fundraising for the university. In 1991, he received
the Commerce Award of Distinction from what is now called the John Molson
School of Business.
Benoit Pelland Distinguished Service Awards were presented to John
Freund, Loyola BComm 1964, a past president of the Loyola Alumni Association;
Malcolm Renshaw, Sir George BA 1959, an active member of the Association
of Alumni of Sir George Williams University since 1978; and Claude
St. Amour, Loyola BA 1963, a longtime member and past president of
the Loyola Alumni Association.
An Honorary Life Membership was given to Dr. John Wilfred OBrien,
first Rector of Concordia University. An economist, he was the youngest
university head in Canada when he was named Principal of Sir George Williams
University in 1969, at the age of 38. He took an active role in the talks
that led to the merger in 1974, and was a steadying hand at the helm through
an era of tumult and rapid growth. Now retired from teaching, he continues
to play an active role at the university as Speaker of Senate.
Excellence in Teaching Awards were presented to TESL Professor. Patsy
Lightbown and Applied Human Sciences Professor Randy Swedburg.
Patsy Lightbown came to Concordia in its first year, 1974-75, from North
Carolina, and has become not only a popular teacher, but a recognized
expert in second-language acquisition. She is a past president of the
American Association of Applied Linguistics, and several years ago went
to Buckingham Palace to be presented with the English Speaking Unions
Duke of Edinburgh Prize in Applied Linguistics.
Randy Swedburg came to Concordia from Saskatchewan by way of studies in
Minnesota and Idaho and teaching in Illinois. He is a past president of
the American Association of Leisure and Recreation, and, with his wife,
Judy, has been involved for a number of years with Elderhostel, the educational
The Outstanding Student Award was presented this year to Vince Labossière.
Vince graduated last spring with a BSc in Exercise Science having earned
a 3.85 GPA throughout the program, and a remarkable 3.99 in his final
year (4.3 is the highest possible). This year, he has been in the Diploma
in Sports Administration program.
Vinces leadership skills made him captain of the Stingers hockey
team. A defenseman, he was four-time CIAU Academic All-Canadian and two-time
Concordia Male Academic Athlete of the Year, and the recipient of the
1997-98 Guy Lafleur Scholarship, 1997-98 Laurie Brodrick Scholarship,
1999-2000 Millennium Scholarship, and 2000-2001 Ed Enos Scholarship.