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December 9, 2005

Source: St. Francis Xavier University:

StFX Fall Convocation Awards 280 Degrees

Three prominent social advocates honoured with Doctor of Laws

ANTIGONISH, NS - St. Francis Xavier University will award 280 degrees and diplomas to students, many in the fields of Education, Nursing and Ministry, during its fall Convocation on Saturday, Dec. 10. Thirty-four development professionals from Ethiopia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, India, Zambia, Uganda, Malawi, Philippines, Liberia, Nigeria and Nepal will be awarded Diplomas in Community Based Development from the Coady International Institute during the ceremony.

During the Convocation, three prominent social advocates will receive the degree Doctor of Laws honoris causa:

John Allan Cameron, CM, is known as the godfather of Celtic Music in Canada. His achievements in the arts have earned him national and international acclaim. He is also known for his extensive contributions to his community and to local charities, in particular charities that support children with special needs.

Gaetano Gagliano, CM, is the founder of Canada's largest privately-owned print, documents and media company. Mr. Gagliano came to Canada as an immigrant and is now one of the country's most prominent businessmen, employing more than 1,300 people. Mr. Gagliano has received the Order of Canada and an honorary degree from Ryerson Polytechnic University. He has earned accolades for the active role he plays in his community and in the lives of his family and his employees. The motivating factors in Mr. Gagliano's life have been God and his family.

Sister Elaine Rita MacInnes, OC, is known for her numerous contributions to mankind, especially her work with prison systems around the world. Sister Elaine's outstanding achievements range from establishing the Suita Cultural Center in Japan to writing numerous spiritual books to becoming an enthusiastic believer in restorative justice worldwide.

Convocation ceremonies will commence on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. in the Charles V. Keating Millennium Centre.



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