Alumni gathered in the National Capital Region to celebrate the volunteer efforts of John Butcher. In 2014, John marked 40 years of volunteer contribution to Trent and the Alumni Association.
It was a stellar evening that included a number of speakers, including a special presentation by alumnus Dr. Christopher Dummitt who offered an entertaining and insightful view into the life of William Lyon Mackenzie King. Dummitt is a cultural and political historian who specializes in modern Canadian history, with an emphasis on political culture.
The evening also brought together three of the four recently elected alumni Members of Parliament. Nathan Cullen '94, Sheila Malcolmson '85, and Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet '74 were all on hand to help honour Mr. Butcher. Minister Maryam Monsef ’03, MP for Peterborough, was unable to attend.
Butcher has a remarkable history of volunteering. He was President of the Alumni Association from 1974 to 1975 and a member of the Board of Governors from 1978 to 1980. He was also the organizer of an alumni town hall meeting in Ottawa with President Bonnie Patterson and Board Chair Gary Wolff to discuss the proposed closing of the town colleges.
Understanding the very important social nature of the university community, Butcher coordinated the Annual National Capital Chapter Dinner and Speakers’ Series from 1995 until 2004 and was Co-Chair of the Ideas That Change the World Symposium for Trent’s 50th anniversary.
He is also a philanthropic leader, being a founding donor of Alumni House and a role model for many other alumni who helped to support the restoration and endowment for this home for alumni on campus.