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.
Triple graduate Anne Thorneycroft’s life path has focused on fostering resilience in students. The alumna of 1999 receives a citation at Homecoming 2019 for her dedication to offering academic and emotional support.
A renewal of gratitude is one of Dr Carolyn Rickett’s daily goals. It is also shaping an interdisciplinary academic career that has opened thinking to transformational possibilities. The alumna of 1989 receives a citation at Homecoming 2019 for sharing an authentic Christianity centred on “engaged compassion.”
Peter Knopper heard God’s voice call him to ministry and wanted to be a Seventh-day Adventist missionary like his father, Jan. Then a call to Papua New Guinea came. But it would end brutally and abruptly. The alumnus of 1979 receives a posthumous citation at Homecoming 2019 for his selfless spirit.
Ronald Day liked the idea of teaching rather than practicing accounting. And so began what has become an academic career with tenures at three universities and awards for excellence. The alumnus of 1979 receives a citation at Homecoming 2019 for his service to the accounting profession.