St. Bonaventure’s College is pleased to recognize Mr. Kevin Breen ’62 as the 2017 Brother J.B. Darcy, C.F.C. Alumnus of the Year and Dr. Lesley Bautista ’05 as the 2017 Magis Award for Young Alumni recipient. Presentation of the awards will take place at the 2017 Alumni Dinner and Awards on Thursday, October 19th, 2017. Tickets, $40, are available here or at the President’s Office. Contact Jessica Whalen ’04 at 709-726-0024 Ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Please see below for the recipients full biographies.
2017 Alumnus of the Year Mr. Kevin Breen ’62
Kevin Breen ’62 was born in 1944, the first of seven children raised in St. John’s, NL. He attended St. Bon’s from 1951 to 1962 before entering into the workforce. Kevin has given much of his time back to the City of St. John’s both professionally and as a volunteer. He has seen much success in the world of Finance and Administration and was awarded the prestigious designation of Chartered Director (C. Dir.) from DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University on 2010 at the age of 65.
Kevin, a past City Councillor, has acted as director of such important organizations as the St. John’s Port Authority, Canadian School Boards Association, the NL branch of the Canadian Red Cross and the Victorian Order of Nurses. He has served on the board for the NL branch of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. For his dedication, Kevin has been named an Honorary Life Member of both the NL School Boards Association and the NL Lung Association. Kevin was Chairman of the Roman Catholic School Board from 1986-1990, as well as the first amalgamated non-denominational school board in Newfoundland, the Avalon East School Board in 1997.
The Rotary Club of St. John’s is an organization particularly close to Kevin’s heart. In recognition of his contributions to the organization, Kevin was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International.
Using his professional expertise in finance, Kevin has voluntarily contributed to many local foundations and charities, including the NL Lung Association and St. Patrick’s Mercy Home. He has volunteered for over 35 years with Voice of Wesley Radio (VOWR), a volunteer-based broadcast owned by the United Church of Canada, for which he continues as a promoter and broadcaster.
2017 Magis Award Recipient Dr. Lesley Bautista ’05
After being named valedictorian of the St. Bonaventure’s College Class of 2005, Dr. Lesley Bautista ’05 was awarded the Whealan-O’Reilly Merit Scholarship for College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in Biology. She entered the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University in 2009, where she continues with her residency in Anesthesia. At this year’s Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Meeting, her team placed second in the resident simulation competition.
Lesley has been involved in athletics since a young age, earning awards and breaking records in gymnastics and track and field, particularly pole vaulting. She was Holy Cross’s nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2009 and was awarded the Meegan Athletic Achievement award for outstanding achievement during her college career. Using her athletic talents, Lesley has given back to St. Bon’s by voluntarily coaching Track and Field with ages 8-16 for the past 6 years.
Through all of Dr. Bautista’s academic and athletic endeavors, she has managed to continue to serve others. She has volunteered for various charities and initiatives during medical school, including retrieving medical histories for newly arrived refugees in conjunction with the Association for New Canadians. During her time in Worcester, Lesley became involved in the community, volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and tutoring at a local inner city high school. In 2009 she participated in a nine-day immersion program in Kenya to gain a better understanding of women in poverty. In February of this year, Dr. Bautista travelled to Haiti with Team Broken Earth to provide much needed medical services.