2018 President's Gala
More than 200 people attended the President’s Gala Oct. 20 to celebrate Allan Cahoon’s two terms leading Royal Roads University, and to ensure his legacy lives on.
The gala was a fundraiser for the Allan Cahoon Scholarship, an award that honours the president's impact on Royal Roads by supporting students who excel in academics and leadership.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and guests at the gala, the scholarship has been established with an endowment of more than $160,000.
Alumni came from across the country and from China to show their appreciation for the man who did so much to set Royal Roads on the path to becoming a globally respected university, and to enjoy the dinner, entertainment and auctions.
"We were so grateful for everyone's participation in both the silent and live auctions," says Katharine Harrold, vice-president of communications and advancement, who served as the evening's host of ceremonies.
In attendance was EJ Tremblay, a graduate of Royal Roads University’s Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching program. He is an example that scholarships are crucial in making education accessible to everyone. The former filmmaker returned to school after he began losing his sight. He says his own transition from his old job to the new one—coaching corporate executives and other professionals—was eased by financial awards.
Cahoon is looking forward to getting back to teaching after his final day as president Dec. 31. He will be replaced by Philip Steenkamp, current vice-president of external relations at the University of BC.