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Toronto Maple Leaf greats champion student success at UOIT’s 2013 Homecoming

From left: former Toronto Maple Leaf stars Bob Baun and Doug Gilmour. Top image: Waving the UOIT flag during a Ridgebacks' soccer game at Homecoming 2012.
From left: former Toronto Maple Leaf stars Bob Baun and Doug Gilmour. Top image: Waving the UOIT flag during a Ridgebacks' soccer game at Homecoming 2012.

Homecoming 2013 at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) featured a pair of legendary Toronto Maple Leaf players sharing success stories with UOIT alumni, current students and the local community.

Doug Gilmour and Bob Baun played for the Leafs during different eras, but both athletes certainly left their mark on the franchise during their careers. Gilmour and Baun took part in a series of special events at UOIT’s annual Homecoming on September 21 to help promote UOIT’s Student Success Fund. Both players hope their on-ice success will encourage the community to help build the scholarship and bursary fund, and also challenge UOIT students to give it their best in university and throughout their careers.

Gilmour signed photos during the afternoon at UOIT’s Polonsky Commons. Baun joined Gilmour as the honorary coaches of the Baun-Gilmour Hockey Challenge, a fundraising game at the Campus Ice Centre prior to the UOIT Ridgebacks men’s hockey game against the Ryerson Rams.

“We were delighted that Doug and Bob were here to help UOIT make a difference for our students as the university build the Fund and promotes a lifetime of achievement," said Shane Comella, UOIT Homecoming Co-Chair.

“The university currently boasts more than 8,200 alumni: a growing list of graduates with bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and PhDs,” said Sue McGovern, UOIT Vice-President, External Relations and Advancement. “We want to find ways to financially support those students who need it most and reward those who achieve academic excellence during their undergraduate and graduate studies. The Student Success Fund will help establish the financial foundation needed to support students.”

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About the UOIT Student Success Fund

When fully realized, the UOIT Student Success Fund will establish the kind of financial foundation needed to support UOIT students. Through the generosity of our donors, this investment will give the university the ability to provide new needs-based bursaries, merit-based academic scholarships and funding support for enterprising students’ academic activities when travelling to attend and present at conferences in Canada and abroad.

For more information about how you can contribute to the UOIT Student Success Fund, please visit or contact 905.721.8668 ext. 2324.

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