On Thursday March 30th, 2017, Carleton University’s Golden Key Chapter hosted their first annual New Member Recognition Event. At 7:30pm over 200 students, along with their family and friends arrived at the Carleton University’s Bell Theatre. The Chapter was fortunate enough to have the company of Ian Sankey, Director of Golden Key Canada, Mark Herndon, the Director of Golden Key International, and Brad Rainey, the Executive Director of Golden Key. The two hour ceremony began with a warm welcoming of the inaugural class by Madeline Tater, the President of Carleton’s Golden Key Chapter. “It has been incredible to have played such an active role in building Golden Key’s foundation here at Carleton. In just a few short weeks, we have gone from a Society of 5 students to one of 395,” says Madeline. Brad Rainey formally presented the charter certificate. It was an honour for each member of the chapter’s executive team to be introduced and presented with their Golden Key pin from their Chapter Advisor, Provost Peter Ricketts. Inspired by this exciting congregation of students, Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte, the President of Carleton University, shared, “Let me say how proud I am of those who have organized the event and those who have stepped up and said yes! I support excellence, I support leadership, I support community services, and I want to be a better citizen of the world!”
Following the introduction of the executive team, the Chapter was pleased to induct their first ever Honourary Members. Each Honourary Member was given a certificate of Honourary Membership and Golden Key pin in recognition of their demonstration of one or more of the three pillars of the society: Academics, Leadership, and Service. The following five outstanding individuals were recognized: Komal Minhas, producer and distributor of Dream Girl, Jennifer Stewart, the President of Syntax Strategic, Jay Nordenstrom, the Executive Director of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, Suzanne Blanchard, Carleton’s Vice President (Students and Enrolment) and University Registrar, and Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and Vice Chancellor of Carleton University as well as the night’s keynote speaker.
Following the ceremony, new members and their guests, Carleton faculty, special guests, and Honouray Members mingled over light refreshments and dessert in the foyer above the theater. On behalf of the executive team we would once again like to congratulate all the new members and Honourary Members on their initiation into the Golden Key International Honour Society. Carleton’s Chapter is very much looking forward to all that is to come in Fall 2017.