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October 26, 2016
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Arthur Stephen says thanks.
Arthur Stephen says thanks.

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More than 240 attend retirement gala for Arthur Stephen

Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing

Dec 3/08

WATERLOO — More than 240 friends and colleagues of Arthur Stephen filled the ballroom at the Waterloo Inn Tuesday night to pay tribute to a man who has had a significant and positive impact on Laurier over the course of a remarkable 35-year career.

Stephen is retiring this month as special advisor to the president and acting vice-president: university advancement. He first came to Laurier as a student in 1969, joined the university as an employee in 1973, and went on to serve in numerous senior administrative posts, including vice-president: university advancement, a position he held for more than a decade.

Tuesday’s gala dinner attracted friends and colleagues from different eras in Stephen’s career: his student years, his time leading Laurier’s student-recruitment efforts, and his tenure overseeing Laurier’s development, alumni and public affairs operations.

Stephen is widely credited for developing one of the most accomplished university advancement programs in Canada, recognized for its innovation and leadership in institutional identity, fundraising and student recruitment.

Numerous speakers, from Laurier president Dr. Max Blouw to Board of Governors chair Beverly Harris, praised Stephen for his contributions to Laurier’s image and reputation, and for his ability to forge lasting relationships with friends, colleagues, donors and alumni.

“I want to begin with a simple expression of appreciation,” said Dr. Terry Levesque, a long-time friend and chair of Laurier’s economics department. “I know that my experience of Wilfrid Laurier University has been rich in no small measure because of Arthur’s accomplishments and the successes of the people with whom he has worked.  

“By his accomplishments we are the best at student recruitment, we have learned how to partner with donors in order to aim higher, and we have learned how to present the university to the world. I’d ask that you honour Arthur Stephen for everything that we owe to his superb service to us with a toast… to one who exemplifies the best of Laurier!”

Proceeds from the gala dinner will help create a scholarship in Military History in Arthur Stephen’s name.

For more information about the scholarship and to sign an online guest book, visit:

The Laurier community is invited to a retirement celebration for Stephen on Thursday, Dec. 4, starting at 2 p.m. in the Senate and Board Chamber. Please RSVP to


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