August 8, 2022

For the first time in its 41-year history, all four recipients of the Alumni Tribute Awards are women.

The awards recognize graduates who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields, are committed to their foster mother and have made outstanding contributions to their communities.

The awards are Memorial University’s highest honor given to outstanding alumni who have made tremendous contributions to the country and the world.

Graduate of the Year: Dr. Lisa Barrett (B.Sc.(Hons.)’98, MD’05, PhD’08)

Dr. Lisa Barrett created a legacy of selflessness through her pioneering work in infectious disease.

His clinical and research work has resulted in several recognitions and awards, including Science Champion, The Discovery Center (2021), Doctors Nova Scotia Physician Health Promotion Award, Doctors Nova Scotia (2020), Dr. John Savage Memorial Award for Faculty Leadership in Global Health, Dalhousie University (2020), Department of Medicine Research Excellence Award, Dalhousie (2019) and Merit Award, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (2014).

Time and again, she has worked to improve the health of people living with chronic viral infections (HIV and HCV), vulnerable populations including the elderly, people who use drugs, the incarcerated and underhoused and those with other chronic illnesses. conditions that threaten well-being.

During the pandemic, Dr. Barrett took center stage as a trusted media spokesperson who contextualized public health policy in Nova Scotia. Working in the field, she envisioned and expanded the frequent community rapid-test centers in Halifax and surrounding areas by recruiting community volunteers and training them in swabbing and testing for COVID-19.

His advocacy for testing asymptomatic people is credited with helping Nova Scotia maintain low levels of infections throughout multiple waves. She is also leading large studies on vaccine responsiveness in residents of long-term care facilities and the treatment of people hospitalized with COVID-19.

Dr. Barrett has strong ties to Memorial and her home province of Newfoundland and Labrador through her collaboration with public health researchers and advocacy efforts. She brought her hepatitis C elimination strategy to the province, as well as her work on COVID-19.

She communicates frequently with public health officials and government officials, offering to share resources and collaborate on solutions to improve the health and well-being of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

Read Dr. Barrett’s full biography.

JD Eaton Award: Margaret E. Allan (BA(Hons.)’82, MBA’95)

Margaret E. Allan is a longtime friend and supporter of Memorial.

Marguerite Allan

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She has served on several committees, including the Board of Trustees from 2017-2020, the Marine Institute Industry Advisory Committee from 2008-2018, and the School of Music Advisory Council, and has volunteered for various university events and activities, including a canvassing role with the Development Office during the To dare 2011-2012 fundraising campaign. She acted as an ambassador for Memorial during the campaign, opening doors, speaking to potential donors and encouraging others’ support and commitment to Memorial. She also spent 11 years on the board of the Genesis Center.

Ms. Allan has over 36 years of public and private sector experience in the natural resource sector.

Since retiring from her full-time job, she has focused her volunteer and board efforts on local arts organizations, including Business and Arts NL and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.

She is currently president of The Rooms Corporation, the Crown corporation responsible for the provincial museum, art gallery and archives.

Read Ms. Allan’s full biography.

Outstanding Community Service Award: Dr. Zainab Jerrett (PhD’98)

Originally from Nigeria, Dr. Zainab Jerrett came to Canada 30 years ago to undertake doctoral studies in folklore at Memorial after receiving a prestigious Commonwealth scholarship.

Dr. Zainab Jerrett smiles at the camera and sits in an armchair.
Dr. Zainab Jerrett

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As Executive Director of the Tombolo Multicultural Festival, Founder and CEO of the We Care Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Owner/Operator of International Food and Craft Expo Inc., her work has enriched the local arts and crafts community. craftsmanship.

Much of his volunteer work is dedicated to developing and improving cross-cultural understanding and mutual support in the community and providing unprecedented support to newcomers, whether students or immigrant and refugee families.

Dr. Jerrett has worked closely with St. Augustine’s Anglican Church to help international students adjust to life in Newfoundland and Labrador. His advocacy for the international community included sponsoring international church suppers, which were sometimes combined with a concert by international singers. Often 200 people would attend, not only to share meals, but also to merge cultures and learn from each other.

In April 2014, Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist organization, abducted 276 schoolgirls from the area where Dr Jerrett grew up. Her sister’s village was also attacked, forcing her family to flee into the night.

Within two weeks of his sister’s escape to help care for the girls who also escaped their captors, Dr. Jerrett raised funds to create over 100 scholarships (his original goal was 12). As part of this first fundraiser, the We Care Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador was born.

Since then, its outreach efforts have expanded to collect donations of supplies for students and communities affected by the insurgencies.

On countless occasions, Dr. Jerrett has reached out to marginalized communities, both in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond. Her dedication to alleviating poverty, providing educational opportunities and her desire for a better future that includes everyone is a beacon of hope for the future.

Read Dr. Jerrett’s full biography.

Horizon Award: Zaren Healey White (BA(Hons.)’10, MGS’16)

Zaren Healey White is a respected communications and media expert, writer, artist, activist and strategic communications professional.

Zaren Healey White

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She has served as Director of Marketing for Celtx Inc., Director of Communications for the New Democratic Party Provincial Caucus, Journalist and Digital Editor for VOCM News, has held various marketing and communications positions at Memorial University and is currently the Director of marketing and communications at m5 agency.

For her significant contributions to Memorial, Mrs. Healey White received the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Award, the Fry Family Leadership Award and the George Story Convocation Prize, all prestigious honors that recognize both academic excellence and student leadership at Memorial and in the community.

She has taken her studies and exploration of gender and feminism from the academy to the real world, tackling long-held orthodoxies head-on in her writing, media commentary, academic lectures, educational workshops and its community and volunteer projects.

She works hard to live her truth and to be a capable, strong woman who challenges herself to see and break down barriers for herself and others.

At just 35, Ms Healey White is a powerhouse, a force to be reckoned with and shows no signs of slowing down.

Read Mrs. Healey White’s full biography.