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Visitors check out the newly unveiled Dick and Verda McDonald Sports Wall of Fame at Brandon University’s Healthy Living Centre during Homecoming 2013 on Saturday.
A wall of fame of photos and memorabilia from Brandon University sporting accomplishments dating back to the early 20th century was unveiled during Homecoming 2013 on Saturday.
Verda and Dick McDonald share a light moment as they address the crowd during the unveiling of the Sports Wall of Fame in their honour at BU’s Healthy Living Centre on Saturday afternoon. (BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN)
The Dick and Verda Mcdonald Sports Wall of Fame — named to honour two BU grads and longtime supporters — is now on display on the second floor of the university’s Healthy Living Centre.
The Brandon couple, who met at Brandon College in the early 1950s, have raised more than $103,000 for the school, and still remain staunch supporters of BU’s athletics program through the Dick and Verda McDonald bursaries in men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball.
Verda is past-president of the Brandon University Alumni Association and Dick received the BU Foundation’s outstanding volunteer fundraiser award in 2013. Both were given the alumni award for distinguished service in 2010.
"It certainly is an honour and a thrill," Dick said following the unveiling of the wall of fame. "It’s been a big part of my life and we get to all the games, volleyball and basketball."
Dick, a native of Saskatchewan, obtained a bachelor of arts and bachelor of education from BU and taught for more than a decade before working as a financial adviser from 1969 until he retired in 1999. Brandon-born Verda received her bachelor’s degrees in arts and pedagogy.
"All I know is when we were here, we had some of the best days of our lives, the people, the college, and we will always have those memories and this will continue our memories and I’m glad it happened while we’re still here," Verda said.
BU president Deborah Poff — who is slated to step down from her post next year — said she considered the unveiling as a "legacy moment" for her.
"They’ve been strong supporters of the university for many years. They’ve been strong supporters of me as president and I’m sure all of my predecessors would say the same," she said during her speech to the crowd of around 100.
"They are such loyal agents to this university ... I can think of no one more appropriate or deserving to have the wall of fame named after them."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 21, 2013