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The following is the award citation for David Hurst who received a 2011 graduate student Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock medal at Spring Convocation in June 2011.
David Hurst has a straightforward sense of what it means to be involved as a Brock graduate student and member of the community.
In exchange for the investment that many people have made in his success, David, a graduate of Brock’s Master’s of Business Administration program, is serious about giving back.
One way of doing that has been to contribute to the student life of more than 300 business graduate students at Brock as an executive member of the Graduate Business Council.
He played a key leadership role as the council’s Vice-President, Human Resources, with the responsibility of hiring new students for the Council and assisting organizers at networking activities and orientation.
His volunteer activities have also had a considerable impact on the broader community.
He has been instrumental in encouraging students to participate in a successful fundraising event, “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” to support Gillian’s Place, a St. Catharines shelter for abused women and children.
He has also been active in the Faculty of Business’s small business consulting service. Brock students, such as David, provide affordable business development services to Niagara companies — this service has been very valuable in assisting local businesses cope with the difficult economic times of the past few years.
David has also served as a Tax Clinic Community volunteer.
In such work, David has been an ambassador for Brock, the Faculty of Business and the MBA program, demonstrating how students can apply their skills and knowledge to serve Niagara businesses and organizations in meaningful ways.
And, along with a busy student life, he finds the time to be a coach and convenor for minor hockey leagues in St. Catharines.
In undertaking these many contributions, David’s referees go to great lengths to emphasize his character. They describe him as humble and modest, someone who exhibits strong compassion and empathy for all of the individuals he encounters, and someone for whom “the Golden Rule” is second nature.
Please join me in congratulating David for being recognized with this very special honour.