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Remembering former RJAA president Don McCurdy

What stood out most about Don was his generosity: with his time, stories, advice and drinks!

As a member of the Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association, he was constantly giving back. Not only did he serve as the president, but he also took on the “past president” advisory role for three years – a position that only called for a one-year term. Going above and beyond to help others is what Don did best. On the association, he took interest in the career paths of each individual executive member and provided guidance for the group as a whole and to each member individually. You couldn’t help but love Don.

Don was my sounding board and a talented, passionate and fun-loving guy. I will miss him dearly.

-Amanda Cupido
(RJAA President 2013-2016)

Don, back left, with other members of the RJAA.

Don, back left, with other members of the RJAA.

Below are some thoughts about Don posted to Twitter:

Get involved with the Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association

This year, the Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association’s annual general meeting will be held on Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Rogers Communication Centre. Elections for the following positions will be held:

President (1): The president shall be responsible for chairing meetings of the executive committee and supervising and directing the activities of the Association, including the creation of subcommittees, as required, and the development of initiatives by the executive to establish and maintain the financial viability of the Association in pursuit of its objectives.

Vice-president: Events (1): The vice-president shall, in the absence of the president, serve as chair of executive committee meetings and shall assume other responsibilities as determined from time to time by the president and/or the executive.

Vice-president: Finance (1): The treasurer shall be responsible for the collection, safekeeping, and supervision of all monies of the association and shall prepare financial statements on an annual basis and provide interim financial data, as required by the executive committee.

Secretary (1): The secretary shall be responsible for recording the minutes of all meetings of the Association and for their preparation and distribution prior to each succeeding meeting. In the absence of the secretary, the president shall designate a recording officer.

Headliners Delegate (1): The headliners delegate will lead the selection committee in inducting three grads into the school’s journalism “hall of fame.” They will also be in charge of notifying recipients and assisting in the planning of the annual event,

Members-at-Large (3): The members-at-large shall assist in determining and implementing the activities of the Association and shall carry out responsibilities pursuant to the objectives of the Association.

All positions are eligible for a two-year term. If interested in getting involved (or if you have any questions) please email
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