Stand Up and Cheer! Alumni commit $1.5 million to Campaign for Acadia

The Acadia Alumni association joins the most ambitious fundraiser in Acadia’s history.

May 24, 2019

In an exceptional show of support, the Acadia Alumni announced a $1.5 million commitment to Campaign for Acadia during its Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Halifax on May 23, 2019.

With a $75-million goal, Campaign for Acadia is the most ambitious fundraising initiative in the University’s history.

“As alumni, we believe in helping Acadia fulfill its promise to the students of today and tomorrow,” said Ryan Conrod (’06), Acadia Alumni President. “We recognize that access to the exceptional experience Acadia offers is partly due to philanthropic support, which is why we are committing to the Campaign. We know our investment will have far-reaching impacts for decades to come.”

The Acadia Alumni contribution will touch each of the Campaign themes – Transform, Inspire, Discover, and Build – strengthening support for students and faculty, enhancing investment in research, and improving campus infrastructure.

“Acadia University is extremely proud of our alumni,” said Dr. Peter Ricketts, Acadia’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “Our alumni are an integral part of the Acadia family, and by joining Campaign for Acadia, they will improve learning environments, enhance research and teaching infrastructure, and invest in the people and spaces that make Acadia unique in higher education. We cannot thank Acadia Alumni enough for the many ways they enrich our community, and for their passionate support for their alma mater.”


Conrod added the Campaign is an opportunity for alumni and friends to be more involved and give back in meaningful ways to ensure Acadia thrives.

Already, approximately 29,000 alumni and friends have some form of engagement with Acadia through strategic efforts, including events, communications, benefits, services, mentorship, and more. To date, the Campaign, which started in quiet phase in 2013, has received more than 21,000 gifts ranging from $10 to $2.5 million from more than 5,000 donors.

Since the Campaign’s public launch in October 2018, nearly 5,000 people have attended 100 alumni and campaign events held in locations in Nova Scotia and abroad, including Wolfville, Halifax, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Hong Kong, Bahamas, and Bermuda.

At the Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony, 300 attendees participated in a raffle to support S.M.I.L.E. and a silent auction to help varsity student-athletes.

As part of the evening’s festivities, Acadia Alumni and Acadia University also honoured 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, acclaimed astronomer and author Dr. David Levy (’72), and Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient, community advocate and executive director of the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning in Halifax, Heather MacDonald (’09).

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