On behalf of the selection committees, President Tom McGrath is pleased to announce that Stan Cook ’62 has been named the 2018 Brother J.B. Darcy, C.F.C. Alumnus of the Year and Kieran O’Connell ’10 is the recipient of the 2018 Magis Award for Young Alumni. Please see below for full bios. 
 
The recipients will be honoured at the St. Bon’s Alumni Dinner  on Thursday, October 25th, 2018. Mass will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel followed by a reception and dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. . Ticket information will be available at the end of August. Any questions can be directed to Jessica Whalen ’04, Alumni Affairs Officer, at jwhalen@stbons.ca or 709-726-0024 Ext. 228. 
 
The entire St. Bon’s community wishes to extend warm congratulations to Stan and Kieran for being selected as this year’s Alumni Awards recipients. 

2018 Brother J.B. Darcy, C.F.C Award for the St. Bonaventure’s College Alumnus of the Year

2018 Alumnus of the Year recipient – 
Stan Cook ’62
Stan Cook ’62 has worked tirelessly throughout his life to become the accomplished athlete, businessman, tourism ambassador and family man he is today. After leaving the halls of St. Bonaventure’s College in 1962, Stan went on to attend both Memorial University of Newfoundland and St. Francis of Xavier University. He has been a dedicated member of the St. Bonaventure’s Community as a student and then parent and alumnus. 
 
While at St. Bon’s, Stan participated in many sports. He went on to prove himself an extraordinary hockey player and has received numerous awards celebrating his athletic abilities. Stan, or “Mr. Hockey” as many know him, was inducted into the Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame in 2004 and is also the St. Francis of Xavier University Hall of Fame for Hockey. 
 
Stan has also made numerous accomplishments professionally. He founded and ran Stan Cook’s Sea Kayak Adventures, operating out of Cape Broyle, Newfoundland from 1970-2018. The success of his business led Stan to become heavily involved in the tourism industry. Several awards recognize Stan’s entrepreneurial success, including the Parks Canada’s Provincial Sustainable Tourism Award in 1999, the City of St. John’s Tourism Legends Award in 2004, the Destination St. John’s Silver Puffin Award for Service Excellence in 2005 and many more. 
 
While developing Stan Cook’s Sea Kayak Adventures, Stan did not let his time become unilaterally focused. Stan raised three children with his wife, Nancy, was a physical education teacher at Brother Rice from 1970-2001, ran Stan Cook Hockey School from 1969-1984, coached countless sports teams (including 3 Boyle Trophy-winning hockey teams), founded the Newfoundland Canoeing Association and the Provincial Board of Canadian Red Cross Small Craft Safety and volunteered on numerous Boards and committees. 
 
Stan recently closed the doors of Stan Cook’s Sea Kayak Adventures in order to retire and spend more time with his family, including five grandchildren. 

2018 Magis Award for Young Alumni

2018 Magis Award recipient –
Kieran O’Connell ’10
Kieran O’Connell is a proud member of the St. Bonaventure’s College Class of 2010. After graduating from St. Bon’s, he attended Memorial University of Newfoundland where he completed a double major in Communications and English. Kieran now works as Guest Co-ordinator at The Gathering Place, a not for profit institution that provides service, nourishment and socialization to the marginalized in our community. 
 
While at Memorial, Kieran spent much of his personal time working on various music endeavors – playing shows and recording with various bands. Kieran also founded an arts and media blog while attending MUN, called Secret East, with some of his friends. The blog – for which Kieran contributed written content, photography and filmography – focuses on artists from the Maritime and Atlantic provinces that may otherwise go undocumented.
 
Upon completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree, Kieran was offered a five-week position at The Gathering Place and a full time, permanent position elsewhere.  Taking a chance, he turned down the full time job and took the 5-weeks of work at The Gathering Place. Clearly, the risk was worth it as he’s still there, several years later, continuing to demonstrate his commitment to justice. 
 
In his role as Guest Coordinator, Kieran not only coordinates guests with the services provided by The Gathering Place, but also coordinates needed service for guests with outside agencies. He works closely with each guest and must navigate politics, policies and inadequate conditions and services to connect guests with their needs. Kieran also has become involved with important community initiatives led by the Community Food Sharing Coalition, the Community Action Group on Harm Reduction, End Homelessness St. John’s and the Downtown Primary Healthcare Collaborative. 
 
Kieran is a true man for others. The respect and dignity with which he treats his guests demonstrate that Kieran lives the Jesuit tradition of not only providing service to others, but standing with them in the trenches. Through these experiences, Kieran has been motivated to begin preparing for the LSAT in order to pursue a Law degree to better position himself to advocate and fight for the justice of all persons. In the small amount of free time Kieran finds for himself, he has recently begun to learn Judo, which he thoroughly enjoys.