A newsletter for Acadia’s Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Degree Community
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Historic campaign It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the last edition of The Honoree went to press and we welcomed and celebrated new Distinguished Alumni Award and Honorary Degree recipients as members of our alumni community. It was a privilege to acknowledge and applaud you at our annual Alumni Gala in April and Convocation in May. Your accomplishments constitute many social and scientific firsts that have distinguished your careers and also cast a bright light on the unique educational experience that Acadia University provides. Your extraordinary example makes us all proud, and offers a clear definition of personal and professional excellence that our students, alumni and community partners can appreciate and emulate. As vital members of our close-knit community, you may be aware that we are now engaged in an ambitious and historic Campaign for Acadia. It is a comprehensive $75-million fundraising effort that reflects our commitment to a transformative student experience, outstanding teaching, innovation and discovery, and campus renewal and beautification. The rationale for the campaign is simple: our world needs more of what Acadia has to offer and I am confident that with your help we will reach and exceed our goal. I am inviting you to get involved and encourage fellow alumni and friends to support the campaign. Visit campus, enjoy one of the many alumni events we host here at home and around the world, and share the wonderful experiences you have had. Together, we can sustain the Acadia of today and build the Acadia of the future. In Acadia spirit,
Dr. Peter J. Ricketts
Honorary Degree Recipients Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, PC, CC, OBC, QC Doctor of Civil Laws
hold this office. In June 1993, she became the first and only
The Right Honourable Kim
Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles from 1996-2000.
Campbell’s life has been marked by firsts. From becoming her high school’s first female student president to becoming the first female Prime Minister of Canada, she has been breaking barriers for over 50 years.
woman to serve as Prime Minister of Canada, also making her the only Prime Minister to have held office in all three levels of government. Following her time in office, Campbell served as
Using her extensive understanding of leadership, Campbell now speaks all over the world on major issues related to teaching leadership, international politics, democratization, climate change, gender, and Canadian/American relations. Her expertise in these areas is fueled by her service as head of several global organizations. She is a founding member of and has held several high-level positions within Club Madrid, an
Born in Port Alberni, BC but raised in Vancouver, Campbell
organization of former heads of government and state who work
attended the University of British Columbia, where she earned
to promote democratization through peer relations with leaders
a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science. She attended
of transitional democracies. Campbell served as the chairperson
the London School of Economics, where she worked on a PhD
of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of
in Soviet Studies. After returning to British Columbia, Campbell
Canada Judicial Appointments, chaired the steering committee
taught for six years before returning to UBC to pursue a law
of the World Movement for Democracy, is a member and chair
emerita of the Council of Women World Leaders, and served as
After being elected to positions in both municipal and provincial
President of the International Women’s Forum.
government, Campbell turned her focus to federal politics in
In 2001, Campbell became one of the inaugural fellows of
1988, when she ran successfully in the riding of Vancouver
the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s J.F.
Centre. In 1989, Campbell was appointed Minister of State for
Kennedy School of Government. She taught there for three
Indian Affairs and Northern Development and in 1990 as Minister
years, developing courses on democratic transition and
of Justice and Attorney General, becoming the first woman in
consolidation as well as gender and power. She continues to
Canada to hold this position. In January of 1993, Campbell was
visit and speak at the Centre. Today, Campbell dedicates much
appointed Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans
of her time to serving as the Founding Principal of the Peter
Affairs, making her the first woman in any NATO country to
Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta.
Rev. Dr. David Watt Doctor of Divinity
During his time at Acadia, Watt was a member of the Acadia
Reverend Dr. David Watt is
Bruce. Bruce served as captain with David serving as assistant
a well-known member of the
captain. He was inducted into the Acadia Hockey Hall of Fame
Acadia campus community,
in the fall of 2007. Watt credits lessons learned in the hockey
whose ministry career spans
rink as being of great value throughout his time in the ministry.
over 50 years and across multiple countries. Born and raised in Marysville, New Brunswick, he left home to attend Acadia University, where he graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts. After a year spent studying in Scotland, Watt returned to Acadia to pursue a Bachelor of Divinity (’65). He
Axemen hockey team, where he played alongside his brother,
After his ordination in 1965, Watt spent 32 years serving as a pastor to churches both large and small in Nova Scotia and Alberta. He led First Baptist Church Dartmouth to become one of the largest and most active churches in Atlantic Canada. During this time, he recruited the largest number of students to study for ministry in the Baptist Convention.
would return twice more to Acadia as a student, obtaining a
His passion for cross-cultural ministry led him to serve as the
Master of Theology in 1980 and a Doctor of Ministry in 1999.
Regional Supervisor for the Canadian Baptist Ministries in
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Honorary Degree Recipients Europe and the Mediterranean. Throughout the late 1990s
In 2004, Watt returned to the Acadia campus, taking on the
and early 2000s, Watt and his late wife, Florence, served as
role of Director of Development and Recruitment and lecturer
missionaries overseas. His strong support and encouragement,
in the Acadia Divinity College, a role he served until his
as well as his ability to build relationships, allowed for a number
‘retirement’ in 2014. In his active retirement, he has served as
of partnerships to occur. Through his leadership, Katowice,
chaplain in hospital and continuing care facilities.
Poland became a centre of missionary experience for many teams from Canadian churches and Acadia students over the years.
Watt was awarded the Acadia Divinity College Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 2009 for his dedication and service to the ministry of the Christian Church, both in Canada and around the world.
Robert Fournier, PhD Doctor of Science
An acknowledged expert worldwide, Fournier has acted as an
Dr. Robert O. Fournier
is a former member of the Science Council of Canada and the
is a renowned scientist,
National Advisory Board on Science and Technology, where
advisor, administrator and
he reported directly to the Prime Minister. He chaired the Nova
educator. Born and raised in
Scotia Council of Applied Science and Technology, advising
Providence, Rhode Island,
the Nova Scotia government on science and technology policy.
he received a Bachelor of
At the request of the Premier, he acted as chair of the Halifax
Science from the University
Harbour Task Force and served as member of the Northern Cod
of Rhode Island (1961). He
Review Panel. Additionally, he chaired the Joint Public Review
went on to earn a Master’s
Panel for the Sable Offshore Energy Project, the Electricity
advisor on a number of projects provincially and nationally. He
from the College of William and Mary and a PhD from the
Marketplace Governance Committee, and the Joint Review
University of Rhode Island both in Biological Oceanography.
Panel for the proposed White Point Quarry on Digby Neck.
Following the completion of his doctorate, Fournier held fellowships in England and Norway before joining the faculty of the University of Hawaii in 1969.
A well-known interpreter of science to the public, Fournier has been a regular contributor of science commentaries to many local and national CBC radio and television programmes
Moving to Canada in 1971, Fournier joined Dalhousie
since 1974. He appeared as a regular science commentator
University’s Department of Oceanography, where he is now a
on the local radio show Information Morning and on national
Professor of Oceanography (Emeritus). His research interests
television on Midday, delivering over 2000 weekly contributions.
include studies of the physical and chemical processes that
In addition, he was a science columnist on This Country in the
contribute to the high biological productivity on continental
Morning for five years during the mid-1980s, hosted a one-hour
shelves. From 1985 to 2000, Fournier served as Dalhousie’s
TV documentary – Iceberg Alley – and has delivered numerous
Associate Vice-President – Research and International
speeches, both locally and nationally, usually on contemporary
Relations, and Executive Director of Ocean Studies, where he
was instrumental in facilitating the acquisition of a number of important research initiatives.
Fournier is presently active in marine-related projects in Uruguay and Nunavut and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Nova Scotia tidal energy test centre FORCE.
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Honorary Degree Recipients Elder Albert Marshall Doctor of Humanities
Through his work, two-eyed seeing has been embraced across
Albert Marshall is a
locally and internationally. It was included in the global sciences
highly respected and
celebrations for the International Year of Astronomy in 2009 and
much-loved Elder of the
in October 2011, Elders Albert and Murdena highlighted the
Mi’kmaq Nation who lives
message of two-eyed seeing at the Truth and Reconciliation
in Eskasoni First Nation in
Commission of Canada’s National Atlantic Event in Halifax, NS.
Unama’ki (Cape Breton). Known for his passionate advocacy for cross-cultural understandings and healing, Elder Albert is the acknowledged voice for the Mi’kmaq people on environmental issues affecting lands, forests, and fisheries. He sits on various committees that develop and guide collaborative initiatives and understanding in natural resource management that inform First Nations’ governance issues and work toward ethical environmental, social, and economic practices.
the globe, being used in a number of diverse projects both
Additionally, Elders Albert and Murdena developed Knowledge Education and Culture Consultant Associates (KECCA) to better enable their work seeking the preservation, understanding, and promotion of cultural beliefs and practices among all Mi’kmaq communities thereby encouraging a strong future for the Mi’kmaq Nation and its people. Elder Albert was instrumental in the development of Cape Breton University’s Integrative Science academic and multi-faceted research program in 2006. The institute was the major research and outreach entity for Integrative Science. While it is no longer active, its Elders remain
Growing up, Elder Albert attended the Shubenacadie Residential
very much in demand. In the first half of 2017 alone, Elder Albert
School. Deeply affected by his experiences, he set out to
delivered nine major speeches and presentations on two-eyed
connect with and understand both the culture he was removed
seeing across Canada.
from and the culture he was forced into. Using his experiences, he became an advocate for a number of causes, including preserving, understanding and promoting cultural beliefs and practices among Mi’kmaq communities, encouraging a strong future for the Mi’kmaq nation and its people.
For his tremendous work promoting Mi’kmaw language and culture and fostering cross-cultural reconciliation, Elder Albert has received numerous awards. In February 2009, he was awarded the Marshall Award for Aboriginal Leadership as part of the Eco-Hero Awards delivered by the Nova Scotia
Together with his wife Murdena, Elder Albert is a strong
Environmental Network. In October 2009, he and Murdena
advocate for Etuaptmumk, or “two-eyed seeing”, a phrase he
were awarded Honorary Doctorate of Letters degrees by
coined for the concept of multiple perspectives, Aboriginal and
Cape Breton University.
non-Aboriginal, being used together to solve pressing issues.
Hon. Mayann E. Francis, ONS Doctor of Civil Laws The Honourable Mayann Francis has spent her life dedicated to trying to effect change. She attended Saint Mary’s University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1972. Francis went on to complete a Master of Public Administration at New York University in 1984, and holds a certificate in Equal Opportunity Studies from Cornell University, a certificate in Paralegal Studies from Long Island University, and a certificate in Theological Studies from the Atlantic School of Theology. 4
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Francis’s career can be defined as one of leadership, tirelessly working to advocate for and advance diversity and equality in all social settings. Her roles have included human rights officer for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, assistant deputy minister with the Ontario Women’s Directorate, making her the first black woman to hold the position, the first employment equity officer for Dalhousie University, and CEO and Director of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Additionally, she became the first woman ombudsman of Nova Scotia, where her job was to address complaints involving provincial or municipal government departments, agencies, boards, and commissions. In 2006, Francis was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, a position she held until 2012. She is the first African Nova Scotian and second African Canadian to hold this position. Her notable achievements during this time include invoking royal prerogative
Honorary Degree Recipients to posthumously grant a free pardon to civil rights pioneer Viola
Award, the Silver Plaque Award from the Nova Scotia Human
Desmond, making her the first vice-regal representative to grant
Rights Commission, and the Queen’s Diamond and Golden
the Royal Prerogative of Mercy, Free Pardon in the history of
Jubilee Medals. In 2006, she became a member of the Order of
Canada. In the fall of 2015, Dalhousie University appointed
Nova Scotia and has honorary degrees from the Atlantic School
Francis to the Faculty of Management, School of Public
of Theology, Mount Saint Vincent, Saint Mary’s, Dalhousie,
Administration as the first Distinguished Public Service Fellow.
and York Universities. She was awarded an Honorary Diploma
Adding to her already impressive list of accomplishments, she is
from Nova Scotia Community College. In 2015, the Nova
also a published author; her first children’s book, Mayann’s Train
Scotia Community College, Marconi Campus in Cape Breton,
Ride, was published in October 2015.
renamed the campus library The Honourable Mayann Francis
Francis has received many awards and honours for her work challenging systemic racial and gender barriers, including the Harry Jerome Award from the Black Business and Professional Association, the Multicultural Education Council of Nova Scotia
Library. She has established awards at both the Nova Scotia Community College and the Atlantic School of Theology. Francis has also established the Honourable Mayann Francis Hope and Inspiration Award, to provide financial assistance to students enrolled on all 13 campuses.
Lorie Kane, CM Doctor of Humanities
Boston. Following this, she found immense success, recording
Professional golfer Lorie Kane’s
her first LPGA tour victory at the Michelob Light Classic in
connection to Acadia extends
August 2000. She won on the LPGA tour three more times: the
far beyond Convocation. Her
New Albany Golf Classic, the Mizuno Classic, and the LPGA
sister Mary (’84) is an alumna
Takefugi Classic. She was also the Canadian PGA Women’s
and Kane herself came to Acadia
Champion from 1996-1999 and again in 2001.
in 1984 before leaving to pursue her dream of playing professional golf.
34 top-10 finishes, including nine second-places, before earning
Since 1997, Kane has been an advocate for KidSport, an organization that aims to help eliminate financial barriers to allow children to participate in sport. She has served as an honorary
Kane began playing golf at the age of five in her home province
spokesperson, promoter and ambassador of the program, and
of Prince Edward Island. Coached by Canadian Golf Hall of Fame
is also one of its most generous contributors. Her annual golf
member Jack McLaughlin, she found great success in her junior
charity, the Lorie Kane Charity Golf Classic, has raised over
and amateur careers. She was the P.E.I Junior Girls’ Champion
$850,000 for organizations like KidSport, Ronald McDonald
twice and P.E.I Women’s Amateur Champion nine times between
Children’s Charities, the ALS Society, and the QEH Foundation.
1983 and 1992. Her impressive amateur career saw her represent Canada numerous times on the international stage. She won the Mexican Amateur championship in 1991 and was a member of the Canadian Commonwealth Team in 1991 and the 1992 Canadian World Amateur Team. She was also a member of Team Canada, Women’s Golf, 2015 Pan-Am Games.
Kane has been recognized dozens of times for her outstanding commitment to the game and her promotion of access to sports for kids. In 1998, she was awarded the Heather Farr Player Award in 1998, and the William and Mousie Powell Award in 2000. In 2006, she was presented with the Order of Canada and in 2011 she received the Humanitarian Award for Prince
Kane turned professional in 1993, and three years later earned
Edward Island for her work with charitable organizations, and
exempt status on the Ladies’ Professional Golf Association
promoting access to sports. In 2014, Kane was inducted into
(LPGA) tour. That same year she recorded her first top-10 finish,
the PEI Sports Hall of Fame and in 2016 into the Canadian Golf
with an eighth place at the PING Welch’s Championship in
Hall of Fame.
For a full list of Acadia’s Honorary Degree and other distinguished award recipients please visit our Advancement website https://www2.acadiau.ca/alumni-friends/alumni/awards.html
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Geraldine Browning (DH ’14) Geraldine Browning has a simple philosophy – embrace each
love, and never be afraid to fail. Church and community were highly
moment with humour and faith, and teach young people to respect
valued, as was a willingness to help those who were less fortunate.
Getting an education was important, too. Geraldine, who never went
In May 2014, Browning, of Gibson Woods, Nova Scotia, received a
to university, says she wanted to, “but there was never time and never
Doctor of Humanities from Acadia University. Known as a ‘people and
money. So I told all my kids, ‘Stay in school until you’re 90!’”
community builder,’ this energetic Valley resident has spent the better part of her life encouraging others, as a teacher, nurse or community advocate, but perhaps more importantly as a mother of nine children. She also has 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Reflecting on her role as a parent, Browning says she learned valuable lessons from her own mother, even though growing up in a family of 16 children in East Preston was difficult. Times were tough.
Greg says, “Most of us have some level of post-secondary education, even though both she and my father never graduated high school.” Currently the Chair of the Valley African Nova Scotia Development Association, Geraldine has dedicated her life to improving the social and economic well-being of those in her community and throughout Nova Scotia.
While there may not have been a lot of money, she says there was
“Her generosity and support of community and helping others has
certainly lots of love.
seen many of us involved with community activities,” Greg says.
“Love conquers all,” Browning says, “and you have to love what you’re doing. I love being a mother, even though I’ve had my days.
Giving back is clearly a Browning family priority, and something that happens as a matter of course.
But with God in your life, love can conquer anything. That has been
Small wonder that the news she would receive an honorary degree
from Acadia came as a total shock. “When I grew up, it was difficult
She says that no matter what, her mother always found a way to distill challenges and find the positive. Browning has taught her children to do the same: to get along; to have faith and good humour; and to reach out and expect nothing in return. “Don’t complain and appreciate what you have. That’s the way I was taught. And what you do, you do from the heart – you don’t expect anything back.” Her mother, she says with emotion in her voice, “was special. She was special.” Geraldine’s son Greg says that growing up, his mother stressed the importance of family, faith, and respect for others. Everyone was encouraged to work hard, accept responsibility, offer unconditional
to get past Grade 8, so I was very emotional when (then University President) Ray Ivany told me about this. I went toward him, leaned on him, and cried. It was something I couldn’t believe. “Now some people are saying to me, ‘Oh, Doctor,’ but I’m not a doctor. I’m Geraldine. That’s who I am, and I’m sure there had to be a divine intervention for this to happen!” she says with a laugh. “I’ve tried to do what I can for people, do for others what you want people to do for you. That’s what my mother taught me.” Humble as ever, she adds, “I’ve never done anything big. Just little things.” The culmination of those ‘little things’ have had a huge impact on her family, those in her community, and throughout Nova Scotia.
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Bruce Galloway (BCO ’68, DCL ’03) The Chair of Acadia’s Board of Governors, John Rogers (’79),
Executive-in-Residence between 1999 and 2002. In 2013, he
announced in April, 2018 that alumnus Bruce Galloway (’68) would
stepped forward to lead the Twenty Wing campaign to renovate
be the University’s Seventh Chancellor. Galloway succeeded Libby
Patterson Hall as the new home of the Manning School of Business
Burnham (’60), Acadia’s first female Chancellor, after she concluded
and was the campaign’s first donor. In addition to the Patterson
her seven-year term during this year’s Convocation ceremonies.
Hall project, Galloway has been a generous donor to the new
“I am delighted that the Board has selected Bruce to be Acadia’s next Chancellor,” Rogers said. “We have known Bruce as a Board member and supporter of Acadia, and his affection for this community is boundless.” Galloway came to Acadia in 1964 from his home in Montreal to study and play football. An exceptional athlete, he played both offensive and defensive end for his first two years before switching exclusively to defensive end for his final two seasons. When Acadia celebrated 50 years of varsity football in 2006, Bruce was named a member of the 1960s All-Decade team. Originally a science student, Galloway switched faculties and in 1968 graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce. Immediately following graduation, he joined the Royal Bank of Canada, where he held progressively senior positions, ultimately being appointed Vice-Chairman in 1994 and serving in this role until his retirement in 1999. Since retirement, Galloway has remained active in the business world as a board member of several private and public-sector companies and continues to offer today’s business leaders and entrepreneurs the benefit of his extensive experience. He is one of Acadia University’s most important volunteer leaders and
Stevens Centre, and the Sheila (Nickerson) Galloway ScholarBursary is awarded annually to an entering student from Nova Scotia on the basis of financial need and academic performance. For his extraordinary contributions to Acadia, Bruce was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Civil Laws in 2003 and recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015. “Throughout his life and career, whether at Acadia, in business, or in community service, Bruce has led by example,” said Dr. Peter Ricketts, Acadia’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “He embodies the Acadia spirit and has mentored and inspired countless alumni to not only succeed in their chosen careers, but to give back generously to their community. His roles as Chair of both Ovarian Cancer Canada and the Oakville Hospital Foundation exemplify his strong personal commitment to making our communities better, more caring places for everyone.” “I am honored and delighted to be able to represent Acadia as its Chancellor,” Galloway said. “I am really looking forward to following in Libby Burnham’s and Chancellor Emeritus Arthur Irving’s footsteps, meeting students, faculty, alumni and supporters of this fine university and doing what I can to further its success.”
benefactors, and he stands with a very select group who have
Galloway was installed as Acadia’s Seventh Chancellor Monday,
made a unique contribution to the University’s institutional reputation
May 14, 2018 during Convocation for the Faculty of Professional
Studies, which included graduates in Education, Community
He served on Acadia’s Board of Governors from 1991 to 2009
Development, Kinesiology, and, fittingly, Business.
and served three years as Acadia’s Manning School of Business
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Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
Dr. Carmen O’Neill (BSc ’83) In April 2018, Dr. Carmen O’Neill’s service to her family and community
Dr. O’Neill is an ardent supporter of Global Brigades as well,
was recognized when Acadia University and the Acadia Alumni
dispensing on a volunteer basis health care to under-resourced
Association named her as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.
communities in Honduras. She has provided mentorship,
For more than 25 years, Dr. O’Neill (’83) has been a valuable part of the Nova Scotia health care system, serving as a family physician in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia in practice with her husband, Dr. Everett
leadership, support and encouragement to the many students working on the brigade with a combination of professionalism and a passion for people.
Weagle (’84). She is also a member of the Department of Family
Dr. O’Neill is the mother of two daughters, Rachael (’16) and Kirsten
Medicine at the South Shore Regional Hospital, volunteers with
Weagle, both of whom are pursuing degrees in medicine. Dr. O’Neill
Harbour House, offering safety, comfort and hope to women who
and her husband live in Hebbville, Nova Scotia.
are victims of abuse and their children, and is an advisory Board member for 811 (Nova Scotia).
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