Don Amos, a graduate of Laurier's honours business administration program, passed away peacefully in Mississauga in February. Born and raised in Barrie, Ontario, Amos was well-known for his athletic ability. An avid competitor, his favourite sport was hockey, which he played from his childhood until his senior years. Professionally, Amos enjoyed a long and distinguished career that began at Bell Canada and later saw him transition to the Ontario Jockey Club. He joined Magna International in 1984 and was eventually appointed chief operating officer of the company before retiring in 2006. Prior to his passing, Amos fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming an owner and breeder of standardbred and thoroughbred horses, garnering wins across Canada and the United States.
Dominic Verticchio passed away on July 3. He was 67 years old. Remembered as a strong advocate for children, Verticchio served as the executive director of the Hamilton Children's Aid Society for 18 years and was an active board member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters and other charitable organizations in the Hamilton area. Raised in Hamilton, Verticchio attended McMaster University before earning his master of social work degree at Laurier and beginning his career with the Peel Children's Aid Society in 1975.