On behalf of the selection committees, President & Head of School, Mr. Stephen Handrigan is pleased to announce that Mr. Dan McGettigan ’62 has been named the 2020 Brother J.B. Darcy, C.F.C. Alumnus of the Year and Ms. Heather Carroll ’10 is the recipient of the 2020 Magis Award for Young Alumni. Please see below for their full biographies.

Due to the COVID-10 pandemic, we have cancelled the 2020 Alumni Dinner. As a result the recipients will be honoured at the 2021 St. Bon’s Alumni Dinner in October 2021, along with the 2021 award recipients.

The entire St. Bon’s community wishes to extend warm congratulations to Dan and Heather for being selected as this year’s Alumni Awards recipients.

2020 Brother J.B. Darcy, C.F.C Award for the St. Bonaventure’s College Alumnus of the Year

Mr. Dan McGettingan ’62

2020 Alumnus of The Year Award Recipient 

Mr. Dan McGettigan graduated from St. Bonaventure’s College in 1962 and has spent his whole adult life devoted to the service of others.

While at St. Bon’s, Dan excelled in all aspects of school life. His record of holistic achievement afforded him acceptance by the Archdiocese as a candidate for seminary entrance. After graduating from St. Bon’s, Dan entered St. Joseph’s Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta and was ordained into the Priesthood in 1970. He spent the next 13 years serving tirelessly in various parishes throughout Newfoundland. In 1983, Dan left the priesthood and took on a new mission as a Parole Officer with Corrections Canada.

While working as a Parole Officer, Dan saw a need for restorative justice support for offenders making the transition from prison back into society. In 1992, Dan created the non-profit agency Turnings to help provide this support, and currently their Director. Turnings current success is driven by Dan and the help he receives from the government, volunteers and community. One of their most revolutionary programs is Circle of Support which is a group of trained community volunteers who mentor sex offenders in their re-integration into society to help them to avoid reoffending. This program has proven highly effective in reducing the recidivism of its participants and shows compassion for a group of people who are often overlooked and forgotten. Dan visits inmates in New Brunswick and St. John’s prior to their parole and provides personal counselling and Circles of Support as they journey into their new life.

Dan is a wealth of information, knowledge, experience and most importantly, compassion in the corrections community. He is a social justice warrior on the front lines; he is embedded in Her Majesty’s Penitentiary supporting prisoners, working to find solutions to difficult problems, and helping inmates reintegrate into the community upon release. Dan is trusted by all parties involved in the corrections system – guards, management and inmates. He works thanklessly and endlessly educating politicians who come and go on the principles of restorative justice and bringing the plight of the prisoner to the forefront of discussion and policy making.

Dan follows the values of his Catholic faith that he learned from his family and St. Bon’s. His life has been committed to supporting and assisting others. For our students, and the wider community, he illustrates what it truly means to be “a man for and with others”.

2020 Magis Award for Young Alumni

Ms. Heather Carroll ’10

2020 Magis Award for Young Alumni Recipient

Heather Carroll graduated from St. Bonaventure’s College in 2010 as a well-rounded honors student known for her friendly nature and leadership skills. During her time at St. Bon’s, Heather was a Kairos Leader and a member of both the Student Council and the Social Justice Committee. She was also involved in music, drama, and notably contributed to the Basketball program as both a player and a volunteer coach of elementary and Jr. High girls’ teams.
Heather attended Memorial University after graduating from St. Bon’s. As an undergraduate, Heather advocated for the inclusion of international internship options within the Bachelor of Education Program. This was inspired by her time volunteering as a third-grade teacher in Nadi, Fiji and as a multi-grade French and English teacher in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In 2014, Heather became the first female from Atlantic Canada to be named a 3M National Student Fellow, and Memorial’s only Fellow to date. The 3M National Student Fellowship honors ten full-time undergraduate university students at Canadian institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their lives and at their college or university.
Heather received a Bachelor of Arts in English and French, as well as a Bachelor of Education, Primary & Elementary (French Immersion) from Memorial University in 2015. That same year, Heather was awarded the Margaret Waterman Kelly Teaching Prize; a prize awarded to a female student from Newfoundland and Labrador who, upon graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, has demonstrated excellence in teaching and a commitment to community service.
Heather returned to St. Bonaventure’s College from 2015-2017 where she taught in both Holland and Mullock Hall. While teaching she also pursued a Master of Education in International Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL. In 2016 she was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu International Jesuit Honor Society which recognizes students who excel in scholarship, loyalty and service, and promote Ignatian values for life. Induction into the ASN is considered an achievement of the highest honour among Jesuit institutions with only 4% of graduates being inducted. Heather went on to teach French Immersion from 2017-2019 at LeMarchant-St. Thomas Elementary in Halifax, NS.
In 2020, Heather received a Master in Education, Learning and Teaching, from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA. During her time at Harvard, she also worked with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University as well as the EASEL Lab, lending her expertise on topics such as civics education and social-emotional learning.
Heather is currently the Director of the Virtual Teaching and Learning Centre at the Maple League of Universities (Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison and St. Francis Xavier), where she is responsible for enhancing teaching and learning across the four universities and providing strategic advice on best practices in virtual learning whilst navigating the pandemic.
She contributes to the wider education community as the Communications and Finance Officer with 3M Council of Teaching and Learning Fellows; responsible for the enhancement of teaching and learning in Canadian postsecondary Institutions, and through delivering professional development to teachers within the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District.