The University of Prince Edward Island is saddened to learn of the recent death of the Honourable Eugene Whelan, PC, OC, LLD, PAg. As Minister of Agriculture for Canada (1972–1979 and 1980–1984), Mr. Whelan was instrumental in the establishment of the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University in 1983.
“On behalf of the University community, I extend my deep condolences to Mr. Whelan’s family,” says Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor. “We are grateful to Mr. Whelan for his leadership and support in bringing the Atlantic Veterinary College to the University of Prince Edward Island.”
Dr. Don Reynolds, Dean of the Atlantic Veterinary College, joined President Abd-El-Aziz in extending his sympathy to the Whelan family.
“Through Mr. Whelan’s leadership, dedication and support, veterinary medical education in Atlantic Canada became a reality, and for this we are grateful,” says Dr. Reynolds.
In 2000, the Atlantic Veterinary College established the Honourable Eugene F. Whelan Green Hat Award in honour of Mr. Whelan’s contributions to the creation of the College. This award is given annually to a person who has played a direct role in the growth of the College and who has supported its vision, reputation and continued success. The Green Hat Award is the greatest honour bestowed by AVC.