The Wellesley College Alumnae Association created the annual Sed Ministrare Volunteer Awards in 2014 to recognize dedicated volunteer service to Wellesley and celebrate alums who embody the College’s motto, Non Ministrari sed Ministrare. The 2023 recipients, Beth McKinnon ’72 and Nida Mirza ’05, were announced at the annual meeting of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association at reunion.
Beth McKinnon ’72 has volunteered for Wellesley for over 30 years. A longtime Wellesley Fund volunteer, McKinnon most recently served as her class’s co-representative leading up to its 50th reunion in 2022. McKinnon’s dedication and work resulted in the class not only winning the participation cup during reunion weekend, but also breaking all three of its previous fundraising records. McKinnon has also been deeply involved with the Washington Wellesley Club as communications chair, secretary, and president. In 2012, she was invited to join the Wellesley College Alumnae Association Board of Directors and subsequently joined and chaired the Alumnae Achievement Award Committee. McKinnon’s commitment to her volunteer work for Wellesley has been described by a fellow alum as “steadfast and thoughtful” and her work ethic “as contagious as her smile.”