- May 7, 2022
- Posted by: Bastion team
- Category: World News
Alum Aaron Leung (MAcc ’21) graduates from the same program his mother, Winnie Leung (MAcc ’93), did 28 years later.
Ahead of Mother’s Day on May 8, the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) is sharing the story of a mother and son who graduated from the same university and program, 28 years apart. When Winnie Leung graduated from the MAcc program in 1993, the top song on the radio was I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, and in 2021, when her son Aaron Leung graduated, the top song on Spotify was Drivers License by Olivia Rodrigo. Music, fashion, and technology changed during that time, but the value of a SAF degree remained constant.
Winnie, who is now CFO at Moneris Solutions, and Aaron who is now a senior accountant at KPMG realize what a large part the University of Waterloo has played in their family history. In fact, Winnie met her husband Simon Leung (BMath ’88) during frosh week on campus, and after they graduated, they brought their children to campus often. By the time it was time to apply for university, Aaron and his younger sister Ashley (currently in her third year studying Speech Communication) felt very much at home at Waterloo knowing that their parents made memories before them.
Friends and family of Winnie and Aaron often comment on how similar the mother-son duo is, specifically in how they think and act. It’s highlighted in their shared sense of adventure, open-mindedness, and favourite foods. In addition to studying in the same…