ANTIGONISH, N.S. - St. F.X. Homecoming Weekend kicked-off royally Friday (Sept. 28) evening with the 2018 Welcome Home Dinner Awards.
Amongst those honoured this year, during the always well-attended and festive event, was Anne Campbell who grew up in Harbour Centre, Antigonish County. Campbell was recognized with the ‘Friend of St. F.X.’ honour.
“What can I say, I owe a lot to this university,” Campbell said, as alumni from a myriad of years mingled just prior to the start of the dinner.
In her citation, it would appear that St. F.X. owed a lot to Campbell right back.
“Anne Campbell’s long association with St. F.X. began in her hometown of Antigonish then continued with her late husband Michael A. ‘Diker’ Campbell, a graduate of the St. F.X. Classes of 1958 and 1959,” the citation read.
“Anne and Diker were a St. F.X. team of their own, promoting and honouring the spirit of St. F.X. in their home community of Halifax. As tireless volunteers, they were involved in the annual Father Kehoe Dinner in Halifax as well as alumni events, near and far. Their love of St. F.X. was evident in their commitment to alma mater.”
Campbell noted her first job was at St. F.X.; working in the alumni affairs and public relations offices.
“Then I met my husband here and he would be a proud member of the Class of 1958,” she said.
“And we both were very pleased that our children chose to attend here; two sons and a daughter have degrees from St. F.X. Did they jump or were they pushed … I don’t know,” she said with a laugh, displaying a wry wit.
The citation noted her continued work as well on behalf of the university.
“Anne has continued to serve as an advocate of St. F.X. alumni in Halifax, spreading the word about alumni gatherings and ensuring people come out to attend,” it reads. “Her enthusiasm is an inspiration and contributes to the success of Halifax chapter events. She believes in the importance of giving back and established the Michael A. Campbell Scholarship to provide an annual award to a Citadel High School student in Halifax to attend St. F.X.”
Campbell said she and her late husband, a Sydney native who passed away in 2012, always enjoyed coming back to St. F.X. for various functions and that even as a girl growing up just outside of town, she enjoyed St. F.X. events, especially sports.
“Probably hockey,” she said when asked about her favourite.
“Because my brother-in-law, Duncan MacIntyre from Sydney, was a great star with St. F.X. and the Antigonish Bulldogs, back when I was a teenager,” she said, of the Nova Scotia (1996), Cape Breton (1998) and St. F.X. (1978) Hall of Fame player.
Also honoured during the dinner was Halifax native Gerry McConnell (Class of 1967) as Distinguished Alumnus, Andrew Howlett (Class of 1992) as Young Alumnus and the Edmonton Chapter as Chapter of the Year.
To learn more about those deserving recipients, visit www.stfx.ca/about/news/homecoming-2018.