Mr. Tom McGrath, President, St. Bonaventure’s College, is pleased to announce Mr. Gary Walsh ’66 as the recipient of the 2016 Ignatian Spirit Award.

Born and raised in St. John’s, Mr. Walsh is a Jesuit educated, award winning professional architect. A proud Alumnus of St. Bonaventure’s College, he completed his studies in 1966.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Memorial University, a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Dalhousie University (formerly Nova Scotia Technical College).  He has also studied architecture at the University of Kyoto (Japan).  While attending Memorial, Mr. Walsh was inducted into the Athletic Honour Society with Distinction.

Mr. Walsh has had a distinguished record of volunteer service in the community with the NL Architects Association, Quidi Vidi Rennies River Foundation, Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club, St. John’s Board of Trade and Swiler’s Rugby Club.  He was named the 2013 St. Bonaventure’s College Volunteer of the Year for his extraordinary service to his alma mater with the facilities and alumni committees and the Ignatius Society. In 2014, he helped establish the “Fallen 51 Dinner”, an annual event which honours deceased St. Bon’s Alumni who died in World War I. Funds from this dinner support our Bursary Program.

The Ignatian Spirit Award honours a person who has made an invaluable contribution to their community and who truly demonstrates what it means to be a “Man or Woman for and with Others.”  The individual embraces the ideals of St Ignatius Loyola and reflects the characteristics and qualities inherent in a Jesuit education at St. Bonaventure’s College.

The award will be presented at a our 3rd Annual Tribute Dinner at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s on Thursday, April 28, 2016.