Alumni

Accounting brothers on Giving Back

Featured in Maroon & White magazine, Spring 2013


McKenna BrothersBrothers Sean BComm'82 (top right) and Leo McKenna BComm 93' live in different cities, are involved in different activities, and have pursued different career paths, but both share the same belief in the value of giving to Saint Mary’s University. 

“I was the oldest of eight and my parents were not in a position to make much of a contribution to my tuition,” Leo begins.“Scholarship funding helped me to come out of school with very little debt.”

Sean echoes the sentiment:“Financial aid allowed me to focus on my studies and enjoy a full university experience.”

Each sees gifts to Saint Mary’s as a way to offer a new generation of students the benefits they had, but each also has more personal reasons to contribute.

Sean, Executive Director of Finance for Cineplex Entertainment,views giving – which he does through monthly donations – in a larger social context. “I give to Saint Mary’s for the same reason I give to other organizations doing good work. Saint Mary’s is doing good work, and investing in the future,” the Toronto resident says.

Leo, Chief Financial Officer at Nova Scotia Workers’Compensation Board, appreciates that his gifts can benefit his home province. “Saint Mary’s is important in attracting people
to Halifax and is key to our success and growth as a city and province,” he says.

Granted, it helps that both brothers “grew up in a family that believes in giving back,” as Sean puts it. “I hope my smallcontribution is helping someone else today,” Leo adds, an
appropriate reminder that this isn’t necessarily about big gifts.