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UNB award honours Clifford G Warner

Author: Communications

Posted on Oct 6, 2014

Category: In the Media , UNB Saint John

Jacob McLean of Waterville, NB receives inaugural scholarship for business students

Throughout his life, the late Clifford Warner embraced the Greater Saint John community, making involvement in charitable endeavours a priority that complemented his successful business career. To pay tribute to that commitment, Warner’s family and friends have established the Clifford G. Warner Scholarship at the University of New Brunswick Saint John to assist students in the faculty of business.

Jacob McLean, a first-year business student from Waterville, N.B. is the inaugural recipient of the $3,000 award, which is based on academic achievement, substantial involvement in community activities and financial need. He was president of his grad class at Hartland Community School and will be using his volleyball skills to help the UNB Saint John Seawolves in the upcoming season.

“My uncle Clifford was a wonderful man, known for his commitment to family and support for his community,” said Prof. Anne Warner La Forest, who teaches in UNB’s faculty of law.  “We are pleased to be able to honour his dedication with a scholarship that not only assists a deserving student but also highlights Clifford’s legacy.”

Clifford Warner, a distinguished citizen of Saint John who passed away in 2010, generously gave of his professional and managerial talents. He held leadership roles as president of Family Services Saint John, the United Way of Saint John, Saint John Victorian Order of Nurses and the Riverside Golf and Country Club, was a board member of United Way Canada, chaired the Lord Beaverbrook Rink committee and was treasurer of the Royal Canadian Legion branch.

After serving in the Canadian Army from 1941-46, he started his financial career and eventually became a senior partner with the McDonald Currie accounting firm in 1971, remaining in that capacity until 1977. He retired in 1984 but continued to serve clients until his death. He was a Fellow of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants and President of the Institute as well as Chair of the Atlantic Provinces Association of Chartered Accountants.

“This generous gift provides our students with an opportunity to unlock their creative potential and gain an exceptional and transformative education,” said Dr. Fazley Siddiq, dean of business at UNB Saint John.

“Cliff’s family and friends have shown such a wonderful commitment to UNB Saint John. This thoughtful gesture allows students the opportunity to develop excellence through innovative programs that are recognized for quality and consistency in producing future business leaders.” 

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is one of Canada's oldest English-language universities and one of the first public universities established in North America. Founded in 1785, the multi-campus institution is home to over 60 research centres and institutes, groups and ongoing projects. The university offers over 75 undergraduate and graduate programs in 100 disciplines. UNB has over 10,500 students from more than 100 countries, and several thousand more take UNB courses online and at partner institutions around the world.

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