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Clarenville woman puts name forward for MUN’s Board of Regents

Evelyn Tilley
Evelyn Tilley

CLARENVILLE-Clarenville native Evelyn Tilley has put herself in the running as an alumni member on Memorial University's Board of Regents.

The board is made up of 30 members, six of which are alumni members.

"I would be responsible for working with the board to make decisions around the management and control of Memorial University and Marine Institute," Tilley explained to The Packet.

Tilley graduated from Memorial with a bachelor of social work in 1990, and again with a master of social work in 2001.

She is currently the manager of mental health and addictions with Eastern Health and has been working in the field of mental health in rural areas since 1990.

If chosen, Tilley will serve a three-year term, which will commence on Sept. 1, 2017.

"I am an alumnus of the university, and I am a very proud alumnus of the university,” Tilley said.

“I was proud to get two degrees from that institution. So to now be able to put my name forward is an honour."

Tilley said that representing rural Newfoundland would be one of her main objectives.

"I want to ensure that the voice of rural Newfoundland is heard at the Board of Regent's table. Students from rural Newfoundland certainly have different challenges entering post-secondary education at Memorial and the Marine Institute than students living in the city."

Tilley also said that other alumni from Clarenville who have previously been elected have set a high standard for her to follow.

"From Clarenville, we have had previous alumni who have been on the board, such as Pat Coish-Snow and Lisa Browne, and they have certainly set a good example… I'd like to follow in their footsteps."

You can visit her online candidate page.

To see a complete candidate list, visit here.

Voting can be completed online or by mail-in ballots available by request by calling the Offices of Alumni Affairs and Development at 1-877-700-4081 or 709-864-4354.

Voting closes May 31. 

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