Avondale honoured two of its own and one forging a career in care and church in the presentation of the top alumni awards at Homecoming (August 23-24).
Homecoming is the largest Avondale Alumni event of the year. All alumni and friends of Avondale, and their families, from all years and classes are welcome. The heart of Homecoming: the honour year reunions. If you studied or worked at Avondale in 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 or 2009, 2019 is your honour year.
A mission trip to a hospital in the Solomons would prove to be a valuable experience for Tahlia Freeman because it showed the importance of what she had been learning at Avondale. The nursing graduate receives Avondale Alumni’s 2019 Young Alumnus of the Year award for demonstrating not only physical but also social, emotional and spiritual care in her professional and personal life.
Alumni will be invited next weekend to help support the refurbishment of a contemporary hub for new and prospective students. The hub will make a student’s first experience at Avondale more pleasant and productive. Improving service to students will hopefully help them make the same decision those at Homecoming have, to go back.
From an early age, Lyell Heise experienced the capacity to make and respond to music and witnessed in his family a strong commitment to Christianity. Combining the arts with an expression of faith has since defined the career of Avondale Alumni’s 2019 Alumnus of the Year.
Ruth Webster describes her Seventh-day Adventist education as a major contributor to a worldview “where respect, justice and a service mentality prevail.” The teacher receives the Alumna of the Year award at Avondale Alumni’s Homecoming 2019 for her lifetime of ministry to children and church.