I am sure that you have been anxiously awaiting to hear of and warmly congratulate the recipients of this years awards. While granting the awards this evening let me also gratefully acknowledge the contribution of many others who have laboured towards the success of our alumni association.
As Patricians we take pride in honouring the outstanding achievements and sacrifices of other Patricians. We have heard of many who have gone before us, and we have also seen many during our own lifetime. Their achievements should be examples for us to emulate.
Today we are honoured to present our ‘Lifetime of dedicated services’ award to one who has laboured for over 50 years promoting the welfare of his Alma Mater with the spirit of a true Patrician. May I call upon Mr A.B.Andrew also known lovingly to many of his students as Andrew Master to come forward please.
Master you joined St. Patrick’s College in 1938 as a student and joined the staff as a teacher in 1949. For 20 years as a teacher you gained the respect and admiration of your colleagues and students and later migrated to Nigeria, where you were appointed the head of the science department and served in that capacity for nearly 23 years. You again enjoyed utmost respect for your dedicated services.
Even while you were away in Nigeria you were never away from your Alma Mater in spirit and kept in close touch with all the developments taking place back home. You retired and emigrated to the UK in 1990 and has been a key member in the development of our association especially in the early years. Our association owes a lot to your foresight and dedication in being one of the leading alumni associations. You were always there with your advice and support to the Presidents who followed and let me take this opportunity to express my personal gratitude for your support.
You were one of the founder members of our Alumni and have held many posts including the Presidency, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and has also been the editor for over 10 years. Recently in spite of your problems with your health you took on the onerous task of editing our souvenir for this function, The readers will no doubt see for themselves the time and effort that you have put into it. It is tribute to your willingness to always give of your best.
On behalf of the executive committee I am honoured to call upon you to accept the ‘Lifetime of Dedicated Services of a Patrician’ award, and master I cannot think of a more worthy winner. We are very proud of your achievements. May God bless you and keep you in good health to serve your alma mater for many years to come.