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Social Responsibility Harnessing the power of community for greater good Also in this issue: thanking our donors
Celebrate a remarkable woman in your life on the Riva Spatz Women’s Wall of Honour. The only one of its kind in Canada, this unique wall in a garden setting will showcase the women who make an impact in our lives – our everyday heroes.
She may be your mother, a teacher, a mentor or a dear friend. With your tribute, your honouree’s name will be proudly displayed on a beautiful leaf. You can also share her photo and story on a virtual Women’s Wall of Honour on-line and in the atrium of the new Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research at Mount Saint Vincent University. For as low as $25 a month, or a one-time gift of $1200, you can honour a woman who has shaped your life – and it is fitting that this celebration will be featured at the university with a 140 year legacy of advancing the education and leadership of women. To reserve, please visit www.womenswallofhonour.ca, call 902-457-6470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from the President
The start of a new academic year is a good time to reflect on how our history informs our present. The Mount’s commitment to social responsibility is threaded through our history and remains alive in our current ways of being and doing. In our strategic plan Mount 2017: Making a Difference, we set ourselves the task of defining more precisely what this commitment looks like and developing an action plan to ensure its future vitality. This spring I brought together a small group of faculty, staff and students to work with me in carrying out this initiative. My first thought was that our working group would simply roll up its sleeves to draft a social responsibility statement that we would circulate to senate and the board of governors for approval, as outlined in the strategic plan. My colleagues quickly set me straight. They argued for a slower, more inclusive, and richer process that will, in the long run, engage a broad cross-section of our community in the quest to articulate and carry out a vision for social responsibility at the Mount. Over the summer our working group set out to map the ways in which social responsibility is evident in the Mount’s myriad activities, paying attention in particular to how it’s manifested in what we as a university are charged to do: teaching, research, and community service. We’ve identified, for example: • research and teaching in women and gender studies, child and youth study, justice and equality, learning disabilities, social innovation. • approaches to teaching such as service learning, lifelong learning, accommodation of diversity. • campus initiatives in environmental sustainability, workplace wellness, employment equity. • community partnerships in food security, healthy aging, Aboriginal education. • student projects such as Caritas Day, Shinerama, and Charity Ball. The list grows at each of our meetings. And as part of the mapping process, we are also exploring links with other related initiatives on campus, e.g., Mount Includes, Mount Cares, the Student Union’s Charter for Compassion, and the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice. We are now looking for ways to engage groups and individuals across campus so as to gather others into the conversation before a formal social responsibility statement is formulated. Finally, the mapping and consultation process and the statement itself should help us make visible and build upon one of the Mount’s most enduring commitments. With best wishes,
Contents Fall 2014
LIFE TO CELEBRATE
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MOUNT FAMILY PROFILE
Student stories bring graduate student experiences to life Goodbye to lifelong friend & Mount champion E. Margaret Fulton Students receive on-the-job work experience while completing degrees The Food Action Research Centre sowing the seeds of food security Johanne McKee establishes Student Opportunities Fund Three O’Malleys now Mount alumnae
REPORT 30 DONOR Thanking our generous supporters around the globe 44 Grads Anne O’Connell takes her writing career to various corners of the globe
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This past summer my family and I travelled to rural Kenya with the social enterprise Me to We not only to explore this beautiful country but also to volunteer. We had three “builds” where we helped mix and pour foundation for a new vocational school. We also visited Kisaruni, a girls’ school perched on a picturesque hill in the Maasai Mara. It was completed with the help of Me to We volunteers two years ago. It is notable that the girls’ school here was built before the boys’ school and is considered among the best in Kenya. The girls guided us around their property and spoke appreciatively about their opportunities as learners. They create their own schedules, with days beginning at 4:30 a.m. and continuing with classes, clubs, chores and homework to 10 p.m. each weeknight. They regard education as an opportunity, not an obligation. They sang and danced for us, too, and then invited us on stage to join in, before serving us chai and pastries. These are girls who otherwise live in mud huts on farms who now have ambitions to be politicians, doctors, pilots, scientists and journalists. I had the chance to address the group and told them about working at another school on a hill, the Mount, and that I’ve seen first-hand how prioritizing education for girls and women can inspire great things. Take some of the women profiled in this issue of Folia Montana. They’ve gone on to leadership positions in civil service and politics (Joanne Bernard, p. 27 and the O’Malleys, p. 28), they give generously to nurture a culture of philanthropy (Johanne McKee, p. 22), and they volunteer as literacy coaches with children who survived a tsunami (Anne O’Connell, p. 44). Indeed, educating girls and women is the foundation upon which the Mount was built, and of course we now warmly welcome men as well who enrich campus and the alumnae experience even further. You’ll find many other articles in this issue related to its overall theme of social responsibility, an ethical theory that suggests an entity, be it an organization or individual, should act to benefit society at large. This principal has guided FoodARC (p. 12), the Mount’s Northern Practicum program (p. 16), and today’s students who are advocating for love equality and compassion on campus (p. 14). I hope you enjoy this issue and as always, I welcome your feedback.
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Kite flying at the picnic in front of The Meadows.
Motherhouse redevelopment named Seton Ridge From left: Sisters Georgina Christie, BA ’59, Sadie Henneberry, Catherine McGowan, BSc HomeEc ’48.
Photos courtesy of Southwest Properties.
The crowd reviews the development plans.
Southwest’s Chairman and CEO, Jim Spatz, addressing the group.
Close to 400 people attended a picnic on Sunday, Aug. 10, on the site where the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse once stood atop campus. Southwest Properties, the company that will be developing a new community on the land, had invited Sisters, neighbours and others interested in the development. Southwest’s Chairman and CEO, Jim Spatz, announced that the new community will be called Seton Ridge, inspired by Saint Elizabeth Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity. In his remarks, Spatz said, “I’m thrilled that the Sisters have entrusted us to help shape the future of this most important and special place. It is a challenge and opportunity that we take most seriously. Our goal is to create an outstanding and sustainable community, to add to the vibrancy of the entire area, and to always try to be good neighbours.” Spatz is taking his philosophy of celebrating history and community to heart; his donation in honour of his late mother leading to the naming of the Riva Spatz Women’s Wall of Honour will be a key feature of the new Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research. “Our partnership with Southwest Properties is one we cherish and look forward to strengthening through the development of Seton Ridge,” said Mount President Ramona Lumpkin. Southwest Properties is hoping for city approval in time to begin development in early 2015.
Stories bring graduate student experiences to His partner is a fuzzy blue puppet. It’s one of several that he carries in his work bag – the puppets are important professional tools. “I’ve used [the puppet] a lot of times in interactions with the kids at my work. We’ve actually managed to break a lot of barriers,” says Lender Bowles, a Mount masters student in child and youth study. “A lot of times, the little guys will talk to him and not to me.” The puppet nods as Bowles explains his process, interrupting Bowles to add, “I’m very helpful. I help him work with little kids because I am so cute! Why would they talk to him? He is not cute.” Bowles works at a treatment centre for children and youth in Bridgewater, N.S. The puppets, he explains, are a way to reach kids who can’t or won’t communicate with the adults who work at the facility. But the kids almost always have a big hug and a story for the puppet. In fact, the puppets feature prominently in Bowles’s thesis, and even made an appearance at his proposal presentation. Bowles is studying play, and how it can help build relationships in child and youth care. Bowles is just one of the students Rebecca Babcock has met since she began working as graduate student recruitment officer at the Mount. Her job is to talk to people considering the Mount’s master’s degrees or its interuniversity PhD program. Babcock’s recon mission – find information and report back to prospective students – turned into a storytelling project. “The more grad students and alumnae I meet, the more I realize that the kinds of work happening on our campus are incredibly diverse and innovative, and downright interesting,” Babcock says. She started writing alumnae and student stories for the graduate studies webpage (http://bit.ly/1tWFgal). Babcock is now working with the Mount’s Digital Media Zone to produce videos (www.YouTube.com/MSVUGradStudies)
that tell the stories of current students and alumnae of the Mount’s graduate programs, like Bowles. “I found myself interviewing a university instructor, a child and youth care worker, and a fuzzy blue puppet on camera,” Babcock says. The footage also profiles grad students from applied human nutrition, communication studies and public relations, education, family studies & gerontology, and women’s studies. “The work that our grad students do is incredibly diverse and relevant,” Babcock says. “Sure, I plan to share their stories with prospective grad students, but the rest of us – our current faculty and students, staff and alumnae – can hopefully also find them inspiring.”
Meet more Mount grad students Damion Pollard, a MSc applied human nutrition student, plans to combine his passion for education with the knowledge of nutrition and dietetics that he’s gaining through his graduate studies. He hopes to work in schools or communities, reaching out to children and adolescents who need support. “This degree is one that not only opens doors but shows you a few that you may not have realized in the past,” Pollard says.
Theresa Rath, BPR ’96, MA (Communications) ’13, works as public relations manager with the Halifax Regional Police. “The Mount has helped me to understand the importance of lifelong learning. In my graduate degree, I learned the deep theory behind what I do every day,” Rath says.
Susan Manning, a MA in women and gender studies student, has worked on Feminist NorthNetwork projects that connect women in northern and southern communities so they can talk about economic restructuring and development. Manning likes the interdisciplinary nature of the program, with research and cooperation between departments, faculties, and even institutions (it’s jointly offered by the Mount and Saint Mary’s University). Kwesi Firempong wrote a play as part of his MA in education thesis. His historical drama tells the real story of the Black Panthers’s 1968 visit to Halifax, and his project highlights the value and effectiveness of arts-informed research.
Carol Ann Brennan, a MA in family studies and gerontology student, was an adult learner who returned to school when she realized how important and relevant research into her everyday professional practice of working with older adults with developmental disabilities would be.
Mount receives funding to support international students The province has provided the Mount with $310,000 to enhance its International Education Centre (IEC) and improve services for students. This is welcome recognition of the great strides made in attracting and retaining the vibrant international community that makes up 15 per cent of our student population. The funding will go toward creating a common space for staff while enhancing programs such as language and academic preparation, immigration advising, and student exchange opportunities. “With students arriving from over 50 countries each year, the Mount is pleased to receive this vote of confidence as we further develop our global presence,” says President Ramona Lumpkin.
Bachelor of arts (communication) launched In September 2014, the Mount’s department of communication studies welcomed the first cohort of students into its newest program, a major in communication within the bachelor of arts program. The bachelor of arts (communication) is the Mount’s newest multi-disciplinary program. It takes critical, cultural and theoretical approaches to developing an understanding of human communication. It is a foundational program that will provide arts students with a strong background in communication theory including interpersonal communication, small group communication, and the relationships between media, culture and society. Distinctly different from the bachelor of public relations (BPR) program, which continues to be a flagship professional program of national standing, the major in communication is not a professionally
focused program. It is designed to prepare graduates for further study and careers in communication and related fields. Students will be well prepared for graduate level work, and to make a range of contributions within the field of communication, including communication policy analysis and development, and employment in careers that require skills in research, writing and analysis. We are proud to introduce this new program within the department of communication studies. Building on the strong foundation established by our BPR degree program, we will now offer five distinct degree programs. These include the BPR; the bachelor of science (science communication) program introduced in 2009; our two masters programs, the MPR and the MA (communication); and this new major in communication.
Your Mount Gary Logan sent in this picture of the 2000-01 MSVU Students’ Union executive. Pictured in the back row are (from left): Brad MacKinnon (VP Internal), Jeremy O’Dell (VP Finance) Nicole Parsons (VP of Gender and Race Relations); middle row: Terri Roberts (VP Academic), Leah Lewis (President), Gary Logan (VP External); front row: Tim Power (Executive Vice President). Thanks for the flashback, Gary! Folia Montana features campus photos submitted by our readers. We welcome pictures with or without people, taken during your time on campus or more recently. Please email your high res digital submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Chancellor Sister Donna Geernaert retires The Mount would like to extend a sincere thank you to Sister Donna Geernaert who is ending her 12-year service as Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity of Halifax and thus, the Mount’s chancellor, a role she has held since 2002. “In addition to her career as an educator, theologian, and leader, Sister Donna has committed a tremendous amount of time and energy to the Mount and we are thankful for her guidance,” says Mount President Ramona Lumpkin. “Her dedication and kindness have had a great impact on the University.” Under Sister Donna’s leadership, a major gift of $250,000 was made to Project TWENTY12 in honour of the Sisters of Charity community as part of the Inspiring Women initiative. The Mount community wishes Sister Donna all the best.
Welcome to Sister Joan O’Keefe, the Mount’s new chancellor The Mount warmly welcomes its new chancellor, Sister Joan O’Keefe. With the beginning of her term as the new Congressional Leader of the Sisters of Charity, Sister Joan also serves as the Mount’s new chancellor. Sister Joan brings a wealth of of life experience and compassion for others to the Mount. In addition to her dedication to the mission of the Sisters of Charity, Sister Joan is a certified and practicing doula, supporting women during pregnancy, labour, delivery and early parenting. We are looking forward to working with Sister Joan toward our shared goal of community building.
years of learning and leading Congratulations to the Mount’s Business and Tourism Society which celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Learners & Leaders conference this fall. “This annual event has consistently provided our students with an opportunity to showcase their knowledge, skills, and diverse talents to local and national businesses,” says Business and Tourism Chair Peter Mombourquette. Students spend a full day learning from a diverse range of guest speakers and panelists. They also enjoy a networking reception with industry professionals, followed by an evening dinner and keynote address. “Many of the human resource directors who attend the final session in the afternoon stay for the evening event and we have heard from students that they have meetings scheduled with employers and that they might very well have found their future employer,” says Mombourquette. In addition to developing professional relationships, students often meet each other for the first time and lifelong friendships develop. Annual turnout for the conference is approximately 350 people, of which 250 are students from the Mount and the
Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). Students from NSCC are invited to explore the university and engage with our students, faculty and industry professionals as they have the opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree after completing their college diploma. The department and the Business and Tourism Society ensures that any student from the Mount wishing to attend the conference can afford to do so, thus solicits donations for a silent auction that allows for student tickets to be subsidized well below the actual cost. “We would not have been able to host this conference without the sponsorship of generous organizations,” says Mombourquette. The major sponsor has been the Centre for Women in Business, and other sponsors have included Certified Management Accountants (now CPA), the Nova Scotia Department of Economic & Rural Development & Tourism, the Mount Saint Vincent Alumnae Association, Nelson Publishing, Canadian Youth Business Foundation of Nova Scotia, and the MSVU President’s Conference Fund. The society looks forward to the next 40 years with the same enthusiasm and commitment.
life to celebrate E. Margaret Fulton E. Margaret Fulton, DHumL ‘94, teacher, feminist, and Mount Saint Vincent University President from 19781986, died this past January in Victoria, B.C. at age 91. When Fulton became president of the Mount she was the only female president of a co-educational university in Canada. In her installation address, she told her audience that there was “only one basic fact worth concentrating on: Either we change the patterns of our human social behaviour, or as a society we selfdestruct.” She ushered in an era of great innovation at the university, Ramona Lumpkin, the Mount’s current president and vice-chancellor, told the Globe and Mail. “She was so passionate about the education of women. She wanted to start to open the doors and the ivory tower to women.” During Fulton’s tenure as president, the Mount made education more accessible to women by introducing distance education via television, raising $3.5-million for the university’s first major capital campaign to fund construction of Rosaria Student Centre, creating Canada’s first chair of women’s studies and establishing the first co-operative education program in the Maritimes. Today, a building on campus housing the communications centre and library bears her name. Fulton was born in 1922 on a farm in Manitoba, the youngest of seven children. The importance of the lifelong quest for knowledge and spiritual understanding were stressed to her at an early age. On the farm, industriousness and the value of women’s work were also recognized. After graduating from high school in 1942, she began her teaching career at the oneroom Penrith School in rural western Manitoba. She later taught at the Fort William Vocational School in Thunder Bay, Ont., earned her PhD at the University of Toronto, taught at Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfrid Laurier University) and became dean of women at the University of British Columbia. Fulton received 15 honorary degrees and was named to the Order of Canada. In 2013 she was recognized at the Mount’s spring convocation as president emerita, in tribute to her outstanding contributions as the leader of this institution from 1978 to 1986, and as a lifelong friend and Mount champion ever since.
Forger of new paths Karen Stone, BPR ’82, was student council president in 1981/82, working with and befriending E. Margaret Fulton. She shares a few impressions and memories in this tribute. Stone and Fulton are pictured together on the day Fulton received her honorary doctorate from the Mount in 1994 My first memory of E. Margaret was the day of her installation in 1978. I remember sitting on a stone wall listening to her as she and others gathered for a cornerstone ceremony on the site of what would be the Rosaria Centre. It was the first time I remember hearing “holistic,” a favourite word of hers that I would hear repeatedly as she encouraged openness to all things possible when speaking about education, community and values. Today when I hear it or use it myself I smile. E. Margaret was a strong advocate for the Mount and its heritage, for women’s issues, rights and education, and most importantly for students. No matter whether she was on the road fundraising with Board Chair Ruth Goldbloom or teaching a class in women’s studies, she still managed to find time to attend student activities. When we had a walkathon she was out there with us. When we had awards dinners she was there. When we petitioned to have male friends and alcohol in residences she sat beside Sister Paule Cantin, superior general, and while sympathetic to the students’ requests she supported Sister Paule’s “no, not at this time” decision. One night in the winter of 1981, I went out on the balcony of a residence wing in Evaristus to see if it was still snowing. We’d had a small blizzard that day and the Mount’s roads had not been plowed. The winds had slowed but there was still a lot of snow falling. It was around 8 p.m. and there she was all wrapped up in a warm coat and hat, hunched over with a brief case in each hand, walking home through the snow at the end of her day, forging yet another new path as was so often her way. She brought strong leaders as guests to the Mount like Flora MacDonald, Judy Erola and Lloyd Axworthy
when he was the MP responsible for the Status of Women. I remember asking her how could a man work effectively in that portfolio and E. Margaret said to me: “When men can speak as passionately about equality for women as women do then we will really know we have made progress.” There was a special place in E. Margaret’s heart for the Mount even after she went on to other things. She was very proud of the Mount and the accomplishments of those who passed through its doors. The woman I affectionately referred to as E. Margaret helped me understand what it is to be a feminist and to see that life’s possibilities are limitless, you just have to work at it. – Karen Stone
Editor’s Note: While I never had the opportunity to meet E. Margaret Fulton, I received this gracious note from her upon taking over editorship of Folia Montana in 2011. I hope I’ve been able to stay this course and honour her ambitions for our alumnae magazine. Dear Alison DeLory, editor, Folia Montana, I have read through my copy of your first edition of Folia Montana. My congratulations to you and your team. You have captured the true spirit of the Mount. “Feminism” as you suggest is again “surging forward.” While we want equal rights for both women and men, we must remember that women are different from men and their advancement will bring a much needed women’s way of thinking and acting to our society. Equality with men must not mean sameness. The Mount is poised now to celebrate the uniqueness of women. The leaders, events and activities reported in this issue demonstrate the real mission of Mount Saint Vincent University. Thank you for this excellent edition, – E. Margaret Fulton
Mount celebrates 35 years of co-operative education Can you still remember crowding around the job boards or logging onto the job posting website to see what new jobs were posted that day? How about waiting to hear back about interviews or the flutter in your stomach when you saw the co-op office on your caller ID? Could it be a job offer? Well in 35 years much has changed, but the basic premise of giving students on-the-job experience before graduating is the same and just as valuable as ever. Erin (Pyke) Forsey, BPR ’08, can still remember the excitement surrounding co-op and recalls her goals when she started the program. “I always wanted to return home after finishing university,” Forsey says. “I knew completing work experience in Cape Breton would help me create contacts when the time came for graduation – and it worked!” Forsey currently works as a health promotions coordinator with Public Health Services in the Cape Breton District Health Authority. She attributes much of her current success to the experiences and connections that she made while completing co-op. Forsey completed all three co-op terms in the health field, and met her current mentor and employer through her co-op experience. “Co-op is a wonderful hands-on experience, and coming from a small community, I knew the transition would be easy.” Forsey is one of an estimated 7,000 Mount co-op students who has gained on-the-job training and a strong professional network over the past 35 years. Through the co-op program, students in business administration, public relations, and tourism & hospitality management gain 12-months of work experience as part of earning their degrees.
“We think of our program as the ultimate win-win,” says Scott Daniels, manager of co-operative education. “Students meet incredible mentors and graduate with the experience they need to kick-start their careers. Meanwhile, employers benefit from a steady stream of driven, energetic young professionals.” Aimee Sheppard, BPR ’00, is one of those employers. As a senior communications advisor with Husky Energy East Coast Operations in St. John’s, N.L., she was one of 176 employers across Canada who hired a total of 288 students in 2014. “Having a new student each semester helps keep me on my toes. Students bring a fresh energy to the workplace and challenge me to think about projects differently,” says Sheppard. Nearly 30 per cent of all coop supervisors are Mount grads. Becoming a co-op supervisor is a unique opportunity to be involved with the Mount while helping current students discover the benefits of co-op and helping them gain practical work experience. In the years ahead, the Mount’s co-op office looks forward to widening the range of opportunities available for students to gain practical experience as part of their degrees. First up: a new paid internship program for arts and science students in 2015. “As more students look to enter the workforce after graduation, it’s important that we do everything we can to set them up for success,” says Daniels. “We have 35 years of proof that co-op works. I’m excited to see where we can go from here.” Alumnae wishing to potentially hire co-op students can contact the co-op office at email@example.com or call 902.457.6493.
Social responsibility at the Mount today What is social responsibility? The obligation to act to benefit society at large. Since its founding in 1873 by the Sisters of Charity, the Mount has kept social responsibility as a top priority. “It’s about openness, inclusivity and respect,” explains Susan Brigham, a faculty member in the faculty of education and chair of the steering committee of the Alexa McDonough Institute (AMI) for Women, Gender and Social Justice. “The challenge is to move it beyond just a statement. What does it look like to be a socially responsible institute?” With that broad mandate, the AMI is finding myriad ways to enact the Mount’s commitment to social responsibility in both theory and practice. For example, it organizes and hosts the annual Girls’ Conference, through which young women come to campus to learn effective strategies for expressing themselves and making a difference in their communities. It connects with the Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies, an endowed chair that raises awareness of women’s issues by bringing distinguished scholars in women’s studies and activists to campus. And it sponsors the MacDonald Room reading series, through which talented authors of various genres read from their work in the Mount’s library. Regardless of the endeavour, Brigham says she always considers the question: “How does formal, informal and non-formal learning let us challenge the status quo and contribute to a more just society?” While currently without a physical home, the AMI will have a dedicated, permanent space in the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research when it opens next year. Brigham says that visibility, plus the connection it will continue to develop with both the women’s studies department and Nancy’s Chair, will further increase the AMI’s potential. The AMI’s reach also extends off campus. For example, it supported the Peace MakeHers conference last year at the Thinkers Lodge in Pugwash, N.S., and has worked with Equal Voice, a multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women in Canada. The AMI is governed by an elected volunteer steering committee representing Mount students, staff, faculty and the community. Alumna Sylvia Parris, MAEd ‘10, who is the manager of the African Nova Scotian Affairs Integration Office for the Halifax municipal government, serves on the steering committee. “The AMI affords me the opportunity to connect with its social justice, gender analysis focus through an African Nova Scotian perspective. I am thrilled at AMI’s commitment to community engagement and to providing an ally voice and welcoming space for diversity,” Parris says. Membership in the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender, and Social Justice is open to alumnae. To become a member, email Mary Lou O’Hara, assistant to the Nancy’s Chair/women’s studies department at firstname.lastname@example.org, 902.457.6581. AMI runs on volunteer support, meaning there are many opportunities for alumnae to get involved through AMI events, conference planning, research, or even guest speaking. “There’s so much potential to stay active on campus,” says Brigham.
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Food security requires a healthy, just and sustainable
food system. Like a balanced meal, it may sound satisfying, but despite being a basic human right and prerequisite for health and wellbeing, we still face many challenges in achieving (or building) a food-secure society. “Many people are hungry or worried about accessing enough healthy food,” says Patty Williams, BScHEc and PDt ‘89, Mount professor of applied human nutrition, Canada research chair in food security and policy change, and director of The Food Action Research Centre (FoodARC) located at the Mount. Nova Scotia has consistently had some of the highest rates of household food insecurity in the country, making it a serious public health concern, Williams says. Many people in our communities are not able to get the quality and variety of healthy foods they need or worry about not having enough to eat. FoodARC’s 2013 report, “Can Nova Scotians Afford to Eat Healthy?” indicated Nova Scotians earning minimum wage or depending on income assistance may not be able to afford to purchase a healthy diet, falling hundreds of dollars behind in many cases if they were to purchase a basic nutritious diet. Findings were consistent with national research showing that
17.5 per cent of households in Nova Scotia were unable or uncertain about being able to meet their food needs in 2012, up from 13.5 per cent in 2008. That’s something Williams and her team have trouble digesting and are working to change through their participatory action research and advocacy. With its community, university and government partners, FoodARC works to create the conditions for healthy, vibrant communities in Nova Scotia and beyond that are self-reliant and socially just. It’s essential that food is produced, processed and distributed in socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable ways. FoodARC partners work together to conduct participatory action research, involving people directly affected by food insecurity. They are able to share their experiences with food insecurity as well as their insights on solutions through meaningful participation in all stages of the research, working alongside other community, government and university partners who also have a stake in the issue. Their work acknowledges that in order to achieve food security we need to be able to access food that is healthy, just and sustainable. A key part of their work is understanding and addressing the social determinants of food insecurity – primarily poverty – because the lower the household income, the higher the risk of food insecurity. Households that receive income or social assistance, lone parent households, people who do not own a home, and Aboriginal groups are at a higher risk for food insecurity. Thus FoodARC advocates for such things as more affordable housing, childcare and transportation, a progressive tax structure, and an adequate livable income for everyone. FoodARC’s work also recognizes that the ways that food are produced, processed and distributed, and people being able to have a say in these issues are critical components of food security. While many of these are broad, systemic issues, in the course of collecting and sharing knowledge, FoodARC also addresses cultural norms around food such as the
“Many people are hungry or worried about accessing enough healthy food.” —Patty Williams, director FoodARC
importance of and access to specific culturally significant foods for immigrants, why some families might choose less nutritious but ‘cheap’ choices such as pop as a drink with dinner versus milk, or how grocery chains can be encouraged to stock more locally grown produce. Working with Mount students, FoodARC partners have undertaken projects including how to help those on income assistance living in apartments grow food in pots and bags on their balconies. Williams says food banks are well intentioned but only a band-aid. “We need to provide social supports so that people have access to healthy food but also place value on how people access food in ways that are empowering and not disempowering,” she says. FoodARC’s offices are located in the lower level of what was once the Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish. FoodARC is an important part of the Mount’s commitment to social responsibility, says Williams. This is seen through its community-based participatory research work with women and through advancing social justice by addressing poverty, food insecurity and ecological sustainability. “FoodARC looks at issues of inequity and asks, how can we involve students and partners to address those issues ultimately contributing to long term and sustainable social and policy change?” Williams says. She also notes that women have historically had the predominant relationship with food in our society due to their care-giving and nurturing roles. FoodARC’s partners and advocates tend to be women, though Williams points out her work affects men as well. “We work more directly with women through participatory action research, and through them reach their families,” she explains. Challenges in achieving food security lie ahead, but so do opportunities, many which will be discussed at an upcoming major national food security conference in Halifax that FoodARC is co-hosting (see sidebar). In the meantime, Williams and her team continue to sow the seeds needed to create a healthy, just and sustainable food system.
Waves of Change conference washing into Halifax FoodARC Director Dr. Patty Williams is encouraged by the growing food movement here in Nova Scotia, across Canada and globally, and excited to be a partner in bringing Food Secure Canada’s Waves of Change: Sustainable Food for All national assembly to Halifax. Farmers, fishers, dietitians, policy makers, activists, entrepreneurs, community organizers, indigenous leaders, students, academics and other stakeholders will take part in three days of programming, networking, and learning from November 13-16, 2014. It’s the first time this annual national conference has been held in Atlantic Canada, allowing local leaders and innovators in the food movement a chance to highlight their work, and promising to bridge food movements on land and sea. For example, the Off the Hook communitysupported fishery, a co-operative of small-scale, ground fish bottom hook-and-line fishermen from the Bay of Fundy who supply fresh fish to subscribing customers in and around Halifax, will be participating. “Having the conference in Halifax lets us highlight the work happening here and allows for cross-pollination of ideas,” says Williams. For more information visit www.foodsecurecanada.org.
Love and compassion spreading across campus A Mount Saint Vincent University Students’ Union (MSVUSU) campaign promoting love equality has captured the minds of people across our campus and beyond. #LoveIsLove is about the right to love – whatever or whoever you want. It began in 2013 when then MSVUSU President Zach Gallant was talking to MSVUSU General Manager Kenney Fitzpatrick about marriage equality. “You don’t see a lot of people actively supporting love equality. For a straight guy, especially, that could be awkward,” says Gallant. He recalled being in high school and not joining the gay/straight alliance because he thought people would presume he was gay. University students, he says, are typically more open-minded but still he wanted the campaign to be non-threatening so made it about more than same-sex love; it’s about celebrating all kinds of love. In year one, the campaign asked 44 people to fill in the blank: “I love ________________.” Each participant held up a poster stating their love, e.g., for each other, their partners, families, tea, baking, music, and even Doritos. The MSVUSU compiled these into a video for its website www.loveislove.ca and YouTube. “As a human being you have a human right to have love. It’s difficult to argue with that,” says Fitzpatrick. The reaction, in fact, has been far from negative. The campaign has grown and continues to expand. Thousands have visited the Facebook page, and in 2014, more than 250 people participated in a poster campaign. This year their quotes focused more broadly on what they think love is, what love means to them, or why they support love equality. “Love is caring for others more than yourself,” says Catherine Demerchant. “Love is good,” says Cole Isenor, age three. “Love is acceptance. I accept you for who you are,” says Samira Mohamed. “Love is conquering your fear and letting the walls come down between you and the world. Embrace the good, relish the joy and see what miracles of change will happen because you took a chance and loved,” says Debbie Kent. Quotes came from the campus community involving students, staff and faculty. The posters wallpapered the walls in the RBC North Link,
MSVU Students’ Union adopts a charter of compassion
the walkway between the Seton Academic Centre and E. Margaret Fulton Communications Centre, and appeared on social media channels and on the website. “It creates a more compassionate atmosphere,” says Gallant, who believes getting people to state their support for love equality helps entrench their belief. And it’s not only capturing imaginations at the Mount. Gallant and Fitzpatrick took the campaign to the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities conference last year and promoted it in a session called “Steal this idea.” Universities and high schools in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island have come on board, with about 15 schools participating now in various capacities. The MSVUSU sends out campaign materials and guidance to any school that asks. The participation of the high schools is really exciting, says Fitzpatrick. “We really want them to start thinking critically. To take a position on things,” he says. The next step, says Gallant, is likely to ratify #LoveIsLove as a society, campaign or nonprofit to keep the image and brand out there. Alumnae are invited to tweet their thoughts, quotes, or stories about love and love equality using the hashtag #LoveIsLove. They can also write those thoughts on a piece of paper and pose for a picture holding it and email them to email@example.com.
On April 1, 2014, the MSVUSU signed a proclamation and commitment to become the first compassionate organization in Atlantic Canada and the first compassionate students’ union in the world. It focuses on making all students feel included and safe. The charter states: “Compassion is the ability and willingness to stand in another’s shoes, knowing that the well-being of one depends on the well-being of all. It does not arise out of pity or condescension; it grows out of our basic interdependence and common, but deep, desire to flourish. It calls us to treat others, including the earth and all its creatures, with respect, concern and care…” It goes on to inspire improving the circumstance of the self and others; honouring the sanctity of every single being and treating them with caring justice, equity and respect; appreciating diversity; establishing compassion at the centre of our lives and communities; and making the Mount campus an even more welcoming, inclusive and caring space for all. “We have a lot of initiatives that are very farreaching, and very different and unique to all of the aspects of our population,” Paul Whyte, president of the MSVUSU, told the Chronicle Herald in a June 24, 2014 news article. “Our racialized students, our Aboriginal students, our queer folk . . . up to now, it’s been really tricky to figure out how we can be in solidarity for making more equitable governance.” The Waves of Compassion Association, a Mount partner, recently held a seminar in Halifax to help other organizations develop their own charters of compassion. It has a toolkit to help develop an underlying language of compassion and to create a network of compassionate organizations. Find out more at www.wavesofcompassion.ca.
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Through a unique cross-cultural experience, five Mount education students annually complete the final four weeks of their teaching practicums in communities in Nunavut’s Baffin Region after completing a Mount course on Nunavut given in the previous fall. The ultimate goal, says Nick Newbery, the Nunavut teacher practicum program co-ordinator who taught in the region for 30 years before moving to Halifax, is not to provide Nova Scotians with work, but to provide northern students with teachers who have cultural sensitivity. The northern practicum has been running since 2008, and as of August 2014, 29 students have gone north to take up teaching positions for varying periods of time. You feel needed, he tells Mount students in the program. Yes it’s cold, the students don’t always understand what is happening around them or being said, and they may teach where formal education is not always valued. (Currently only about 25-30 per cent of Nunavut’s school population completes high school.) Nevertheless, they [the students] quickly find that they do have something to offer as individuals, says Newbery. 16
The three requirements for being considered for the northern practicum bursary are that candidates: 1. complete the Mount half-credit course. 2. are seriously considering teaching in Nunavut the following fall. 3. write a one-page submission on their reasons for going. All are given thorough orientation sessions and materials before they go, and Newbery checks in with them regularly while they’re away. They are usually billeted with a teaching family when up north, and at school they work with a co-operating teacher under the supervision of the local principal. Newbery says the program suits students who want to use their initiative and experience small-town life. (Most communities where they are placed have between 400 and 1,200 residents.) It is refreshingly different from the south. “Students get to step outside of themselves and walk somewhere other than down concrete streets with street lamps beside them.” He stresses that we think we have all the answers in southern Canada, but in small Inuit communities you see a different way of being and some students appreciate these differences in lifestyle. The program’s administration is shared by the Mount’s Faculty of Education and the Qikiqtani School Operations (Government of Nunavut). It also depends on the generous support of three other sponsors: • TD Bank Financial Group, Toronto, • Dr. & Mrs. Hans Uhthoff, Ottawa, and • First Air, Iqaluit. Students each get a travel bursary worth approximately $8,500 to cover support for the program’s administration, their travel, food and rent, and a $1,000 stipend goes to their host school. “The goal of the project’s sponsors is to provide orientation for those interested in teaching in Nunavut with the broader aim of improving literacy among northern youth, helping them to stay in school and thus enhancing their career opportunities,” says Newbery. He lived in Nunavut during the years it was struggling to become its own territory, which happened in 1999. This, he says, increased the number of government jobs available, but still more than a quarter of those jobs remain open because people don’t have the literacy or numeracy skills to fill them. “The ultimate goal is to enable our graduates who take jobs in northern schools to form strong relationships with their Aboriginal students, thus benefiting Inuit youth by better enabling them to complete their education and therefore have more opportunities to lead productive lives. It won’t happen overnight but we are starting to make a contribution to change,” says Newbery. For medical reasons, Nick was unavailable to teach his course on Nunavut or organize the northern practicum this fall but does expect to be able to offer both in the 201516 school year.
Students value cross-cultural experience As a requirement of their northern practicum, students blog and write thank-you letters to their sponsors. The following are excerpts from 2014 participants: Rebekah Wheadon, Pond Inlet: “Much of my time here has been coming face-to-face with things that I didn’t know and being okay with not knowing everything. I’ve learned a lot about asking questions, laughing off my mistakes and continuing to move forward.” Brooke Boutilier, Pond Inlet: “There’s a sign in town in Inuktitut, Kuukuluk, that translates as ‘small river’ (the river runs right through town). I was telling my host family that students don’t understand me when I explain that my name, Brooke, means something like ‘little river’ so the family suggested I take on ‘Kuukuluk’ as a nickname. I like it!” Jenny Davison, Pangnirtung: “The other day in class I asked one of the boys a question. He said nothing and simply looked at me. Having elicited no response, I asked the question of him again, thinking he may not have heard me or understood that I was talking to him. Suddenly, I realized that the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ I was waiting for was actually being shown on the boy’s face. His eyebrows were drawn up emphatically and he was staring right at me. . . it is Inuit custom to answer ‘yes’ by raising the eyebrows, and ‘no’ by lowering them and scrunching the nose.” Krisanne Landry, Cape Dorset: “This community has a special way of making you feel part of it very quickly.” Terrin DeWolf, Cape Dorset: “I participated in a land trip fishing derby, two community feasts, elder sewing and carving classes, and a few Inuktitut classes. I have also had the opportunity to experience first-hand Inuit drumming, dancing and throat singing. I believe that the knowledge and understanding of the Inuit culture I gained through the MSVU northern teaching course has aided my ability to integrate myself into the community and be comfortable and accepted by local people.”
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Refer a student The Mount experience is a unique one, in which students can find themselves and their passions. Students leave our campus with their own individual stories of growth and success, and those are the true victories of our university. With an average class size of 24 students – one of the lowest in the country – and our beautiful and growing campus, the Mount provides that cherished small school experience while offering students not only the chance to pursue their dreams, but the opportunity to reach beyond them. We could not be more proud of our alumnae, the Mount’s greatest accomplishments, and in turn our best ambassadors. By referring someone you know to the Mount, you are not only contributing to the longevity and success of our university, but also to our legacy as an incredible institution supporting the pursuit of goals. In asking you to refer a student, we strongly value the contribution you make to our Mount family, and hope you will help us find more amazing individuals to welcome to our community. Together we can achieve incredible things, and with your support, can help students discover that to be part of something big is to become something great. Refer a student today, at www.msvu.ca/referastudent. 18
President’s Message The fall is such a wonderful time on campus bolstered by the fresh energy of new beginnings. As students settle into their school year here at the Mount, the Mount Saint Vincent Alumnae Association (MSVAA) is working closely with University Advancement to gear up for a busy year and some really exciting new projects. The MSVAA and the department of University Advancement are here to support your lifelong relationship with the Mount. We want you to remain connected to the Mount and there are so many ways to do that as guest lecturers, ambassadors, co-op employers, university staff, sports fans, event and activity supporters and more. Our Alumnae and friends are integral in the rich and personal educational experience we provide at the Mount. This connection is not just about raising important funds to support our students through bursaries, scholarships or facilities, but as graduates and community supporters, you are part of the Mount’s history and the story we are building today and in the future. One way we will work to support meaningful engagement of all of you is to share more of that story, more regularly. I am pleased to tell you that starting in January 2015, alumnae will start receiving the new E-FOLIA! This electronic update will be sent to you quarterly and will serve as a quick way to get the latest news and updates about our community. We will continue to produce a robust, printed version of Folia Montana once a year in the fall. To ensure that we can connect you to opportunities here at the Mount and our new E-FOLIA, please make sure we have the most recent email address for you. You can update your information at MSVU.ca/alumnae. I am excited to be a part of this upcoming year as we create new opportunities for you to get involved and work to more regularly share the great stories of the Mount today. If you have ideas, feedback or would like to get more involved, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Alumnae office at (902) 457-6470. Warm wishes,
Board of Directors 2014-15 President Lisa Whynott, BOA ’94 Vice President Tracey Newman, BBA ’00 Immediate Past President Deanne MacLeod, BBA ’92 Secretary Melissa MacKinnon, BPR ’04 Treasurer Brian MacLeod, BBA ’98 MEMBERS AT LARGE Rhonda Bursey, BBA ’94 Paul Gérin, BBA ’98 Selena Landon, BBA ’11 Tanya Lorimer-Charles, BBA ’89 Adrienne McCann, BTHM ’06 Terri Mann, CertBusi ’03, BTHM ’06 Sabitha Masih, BEd ’99, MEd ’02 Lori Lancaster, BPR ’97 Caroline Wolfe Stewart, BScHEc ’90 Robyn McIntosh, BPR ’10 Vanessa Risser, BBA ’04 Jennifer Tucker-Johnston, BBA ’11
E-Folia is coming your way! Watch for the new E-Folia in January 2015 as we move to quarterly electronic updates to keep you in touch with alumnae and friends, news and events. Don’t worry, we will still produce Folia Montana once a year in the fall! To receive E-Folia, please make sure we have the most recent email address for you by visiting our web site at MSVU.ca/alumnae.
Alumnae Weekend More than 130 alumnae and friends of the Mount Saint Vincent Academy, College and University gathered for a tremendously successful Alumnae Weekend, Sept. 19-21. The sunny weather, cool fall breezes, paired with Maritime-themed meals, made for a great weekend. On Friday, Sept. 19, alumnae from the Mount Saint Vincent Academy and College gathered at the Mount Milestone Luncheon. This event brought together members of the MSVA and MSVC classes of 1964, celebrating 50 years, along with members of 1959 (55 years) and 1954 (60 years), to share stories, renew friendships, and celebrate their milestone anniversaries. That evening, more than 75 alumnae gathered in downtown Halifax for the Mount Mingle at the Auction House. Alumnae mingled with friends old and new, while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by the Mount Saint Vincent Alumnae Association. The great venue, live music, and fantastic conversation had the room buzzing all night! One of the highlights of our weekend was the Alumnae Weekend Maritime Dinner at Seasons by Atlantica on Saturday, Sept. 20. More than 110 alumnae and friends attended this sold-out event. Executive Chef Luis Clavel served a classic, locally sourced, Maritime-themed dinner, followed by a scrumptious dessert buffet! That evening MSV College alumna, Johanne McKee (BScHEc ’54), announced the creation of the Student Opportunities Fund (please see page 22 for more information), and Mike and Beth Brien were made honourary alumnae in recognition of their outstanding service and commitment to the Mount. Dancing went well into the night, as local band Satori took the stage. Alumnae Weekend concluded with a tea at Caritas House, honouring the longstanding relationship between the Sisters of Charity and the Mount.
We hope you will mark your calendar and join us for Alumnae Weekend 2015, Friday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 27! Next year, we will be celebrating the milestone anniversaries of those classes ending in ‘0’and ‘5’. If you want to help organize your class reunion, contact us at email@example.com.
Alumnae Association’s chapter celebrates 60th anniversary The Toronto Chapter of the Mount Saint Vincent Alumnae Association celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Chapter members have met four times each year in members’ homes since 1954, discussing their experiences as Mount students and staying current with campus activities of today. Shirley (Aqui) Forde, BSc ’57, has been an active member since she moved to Toronto in 1968, and is its long-serving president. “I pick up wherever there is need or want,” Forde says. Philanthropy has been a long Toronto chapter tradition, and Forde says in the early days group members brought their unwanted books, clothes, and household items to auction off to others at their meetings. Their auctioneer was the sprightly Madeline (Davison) Ward, ACAD ’33, who studied music and elocution at the Mount. The chapter honoured Ward by by reserving a place for her name in the Women’s Wall of Honour after Ward died in 2011. The chapter has also sent money to charities in Canada and abroad, including those that support battered women in Toronto, the Children of Jerusalem, and to help reroofing
Standing back row (L-R): Lily Chan, Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, Winsome Smith, Cherry Upton, Marie Anne Skomorowski, Georgia Powell Second Row standing: Arlene Steger, Tevoniel Thompson Ferguson, Gloria Springer, Jean O’Neil, Stefanie Pavlin, Hollie Copland Front row: Shirley Forde, Fatima da Rosa
efforts for a school damaged by a hurricane in Grenada. Recently it collected $500 for Phillipines disaster relief – an amount that was quadrupled by the government’s matching program. Membership has dropped from 20 or so active members in the 1950s, but has begun climbing back up, thanks in part to the recent addition of three Mount alumnae who studied from Jamaica as distance students and now live in Toronto. Forde, who is 83 and retired from a long career as a high school chemistry teacher, hopes to one day hand off presidency to a younger member. For now, she continues to rally her troops using the telephone, having never taken to e-mail. “Maybe it’s the personal touch that makes them come out,” she suggests. After they discuss business, members typically have tea and socialize. Mount President Ramona Lumpkin and Associate Vice President University Advancement Cheryl Stewart joined the chapter at its March 2014 meeting where they presented members with a tile on the Women’s Wall of Honour to acknowledge their lengthy activism as Mount alumnae.
Leaving a Legacy The 1873 Society
The 1873 Society is a special group of alumnae and friends of Mount Saint Vincent University who have included the University as part of their estate plans by making a provision for a future gift. A planned gift can have significant tax advantages, making a bequest or other types of estate gifts beneficial for your loved ones and for future generations of Mount students. For more information about naming the University as a beneficiary in your will or life insurance policy, please contact Anne Thibodeau in University Advancement at 902.457.6270 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
“I have made the Mount part of my estate planning by naming the Mount as a beneficiary in my will. I believe higher education can transform someone’s life.” – Brenda Hattie ’01
Alumna explores the power of everyday philanthropy Johanne McKee establishes Student Opportunities Fund Johanne McKee
Often when people hear the words “philanthropy” or “philanthropist,” they think of grand-scale charitable giving by individuals, families, foundations or successful companies. However when one Mount alumna thinks of philanthropy, she thinks of you. “Anyone can be a philanthropist. You don’t have to donate huge sums of money. The act of giving within your means and ability – whether that be time or money – that makes you a philanthropist,” says Johanne (Zwicker) McKee, BScHEc ‘54. McKee embodies the Mount’s spirit of caritas (meaning “charity” or “giving back”). Upon graduating from Mount Saint Vincent College with her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics she returned to teach in that department while beginning a rewarding career in family nutrition, working with low-income families. Between raising four sons, supporting her husband’s military career, and her own career aspirations, McKee always found a way to meaningfully give back to her community. “Johanne has donated her entire life. To start, when we didn’t have much, she donated her time,” says Ian McKee, Johanne’s husband. “She sat on the board of the Halifax Grammar School, ran the school’s activity group while at the same time chairing the Home and School Committee at Gorsebrook Elementary School. She has looked after the flowers at our church for over 40 years, and she organized the IWK Kermesse book sales for 25 years.” For McKee, giving back is an inherent part of what it means to be a Mount Saint Vincent alumna. “As students of the Mount we were taught to do for others,” she says. “It is part of who we are.”
In 2013, McKee wanted to do something for Mount Saint Vincent University that would not only enhance the academic experience of students, but also further cultivate a culture of philanthropy. This desire was realized with the establishment of the Student Opportunities Fund, a gift-matching endowed fund that will provide financial support to students who wish to enrich their academic experience. This fund is available to all students and may allow them to attend workshops and/or conferences that will contribute to their academic success, present their research at conferences, or study abroad. McKee’s initial gift of $50,000 has seeded the fund and she will match donations to this fund up to an additional $50,000. The purpose of the matching contributions is to cultivate a culture of philanthropy at the Mount from new donors, alumnae and friends, particularly those who considered their gifts too modest to be important. McKee hopes that this fund will encourage all alumnae, regardless of the size of their gift, to start giving back. “Every [Mount] student has benefited from someone else’s philanthropy,” she says. “There is a reason for us to give back – so that future students can benefit from their university experience, just as we have.” “We thank the McKees for this generous gift and are excited for the opportunity to build this fund through its matching component, creating a more robust culture of giving at the Mount,” says Ramona Lumpkin, president of Mount Saint Vincent University. “It is through initiatives such as the Students Opportunities Fund that we can offer a truly unique and rich education experience.”
To donate to the Student Opportunities Fund, please visit www.msvu.ca/waystogive or contact us by phone at 1.888.678.2586 or 902.457.6470 or by Email at email@example.com
Making an impact for future Mount students Alumnae generously include the Mount in their estate plans
Adah Ruth Spencer
Mary Elizabeth O’Brien
Mary Elizabeth O’Brien and Adah Ruth Spencer attended the Mount at different times but both carried a great respect for education, making it a priority in their lives and carrying this value forward for future generations. Both included the Mount as part of their estate plans. Regrettably, both passed away in 2013 – Adah Spencer on June 3 at the age of 83 and Elizabeth O’Brien on December 6 at the age of 94. Spencer was a school teacher for many years in Wellington, Fall River and Waverly, N.S. Initially attending what was the Normal College for her teacher training, she returned to studies at the Mount in the 1960s, completing an education degree in 1967. The Adah Ruth Spencer Memorial Scholarship in Graduate Education was established through a gift from Adah Spencer. This scholarship will support a student enrolled in the master’s of education degree program at the Mount with preference to a mature student with teaching experience who is pursuing studies as a part-time student. Dorothy Bell, Spencer’s sister, says, “This is a fitting tribute to Adah as she had always expressed an interest in completing a master’s degree, but didn’t have the opportunity. This scholarship will support today’s teachers and future generations of educators in pursuing graduate education.” O’Brien graduated from Mount Saint Vincent Academy in 1939. Living in the Annapolis Valley, N.S. in her youth, she always noted that an education in those days involved a horse and wagon from Woodside to Canning and then train (the “Blueberry Special”) to Kentville, N.S. O’Brien was employed by Revenue Canada until her retirement and then was active with credit unions. The Frank and Mary Elizabeth (Brady) O’Brien Scholarship will leave a legacy in the O’Briens’ memory through a bequest in Elizabeth O’Brien’s will. It will be awarded annually to one or more deserving students enrolled at the Mount in any degree program. O’Brien’s niece, Dr. Kaireen Chaytor, says that, “My aunt had a great respect for education and how it could impact one’s future. It was a priority for her and through her gift to the Mount, she hoped that it would help others in the achievement of their educational goals.” The University is extremely grateful to Spencer, O’Brien and their families, as without gifts such as these, students at the Mount today may not have access to further education. Many of these students will go on to give back to their communities in so many ways. Support received by the university through planned gifts plays an important role in our students’ lives and can provide a lasting impact for future generations of Mount students.
From tee off to the closing banquet, the 24th annual MSV Golf Classic, on July 25, 2014, was a huge success. The corporate partnerships, goodies on the course, team spirit, and new-and-improved silent auction made this year’s event one to remember. Huge thanks go out to our presenting sponsor, Stewart McKelvey. Early in the day golfers were treated to a barbeque, compliments of our presenting sponsor, as well as ‘official’ team photos. During the evening’s banquet, partner John Plowman, Q.C, brought remarks to all attendees. “Stewart McKelvey is a long-standing supporter of the MSV Golf Classic and is proud to be presenting sponsor again this year. We see the direct impact which the alumnae association has on Mount alum and students and the larger Mount community. We are pleased to support the association through our sponsorship,” Plowman said. Special thanks also to our drivers club sponsor, Heritage Gas, and our three irons club sponsors, ISL Web Marketing & Development, rcs Construction and Atlantic Business Interiors. We are also grateful to our putters club, putters club plus and grand green in-kind sponsors for their continued support of this major alumnae association event. We are proud to report that this year’s tournament generated more than $24,000 in support of student scholarships, bursaries, prizes, activities, and the construction of the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research. Thanks to the involvement and commitment of many people to this longstanding tournament, the MSVAA is able to continue cultivating a vibrant community of alumnae and friends of the Mount. Thank you again to all our 2014 sponsors, supporters, attendees, volunteers, and our 2014 golf classic committee. Their dedication to this longstanding tournament is the key to our success. “It was a tremendous day filled with fantastic golf, great fun and, thanks to Mother Nature, sunshine! Great to see many Mount supporters out for this annual event which does so much in support of Mount students,” said Lori Lancaster, BPR ‘97, the chair of the MSV Golf Classic 2014.
“Great time had by all... looking forward to next year and supporting a great cause.” – Charles Higgins, Pioneer Fuels & 2014 Player
Eat, train, excel “Eat clean and train smarter,” is a phrase Luke Corey, BScAHN ’08, speaks often. Corey is a performance dietitian with EXOS – Athletes’ Performance Institute in Rochester, Minn. He consults with amateur and professional athletes, including those from major sports teams like hockey players from the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. “Professional athletes have the same struggles as regular people – maybe more. They must have self-control but often have access to anything they want. They have highly specific nutritional needs but their general knowledge of nutrition is often no greater than that of the regular person,” Corey says. His job is to recommend diets to help them reach peak performance. It calls upon the knowledge he gained studying applied human nutrition at the Mount, and his experience as an athlete. Corey played five years of soccer with Queen’s University before coming to the Mount in 2005 and therefore had used up his eligibility to play here, but assumed the role of assistant coach with the Mount Mystics men’s soccer team. At first, he admits it was an adjustment to coach rather than play, but he says his knowledge of the game and playing history gave him confidence. In 2008 Corey became head coach and rebuilt the soccer program. Under his leadership, the team won the ACAA championship last fall and competed at the 2013 national championship in St. John, N.B. Corey also continued to play in Nova Scotia in the NSSL premiership league, going to two national championships with his team. As a Mount student, Corey says he grew as a creative thinker. For example, before apps were widely used, in one assignment he pitched the idea of having an application on your phone that would provide answers to commonly asked nutrition-related questions. His idea was that people in a grocery store puzzling over a purchase decision or nutrition label could educate themselves on the spot. His professor, Daphne Lordly, loved the idea. “She [Lordly] 26
saw potential in me as a student. She really encouraged me to pursue my dreams and helped me develop into the professional I am today,” Corey says. One of Corey’s dreams was to one day own his own business, which he realized in 2010 after completing his internship with Capital Health in Halifax. At his private nutrition practice in Halifax, from 2010 to early 2014, Corey provided individual counseling to clients, gave presentations, wrote articles, appeared on TV and radio, was active in social media, and worked with other health professionals to develop wellness programs for patients. “I got to be my own boss. I had the creative freedom to manage and build my practice the way I wanted to,” says Corey. Although his Halifax practice was growing, Corey says he became frustrated by a culture in Nova Scotia in which people often wait until something is wrong before bettering their health. Wishing to work in a more proactive manner, and following another of his dreams to work with other high performance athletes, he successfully applied to EXOS and moved in Minnesota in February 2014. He says it is the perfect environment in which he could work. EXOS’s staff of trainers, therapists and dietitians work with elite athletes and coaches at every level, offering training, nutrition, and physical therapy. EXOS also partners and shares space with Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Centre. “I work with professional athletes every day. We have the best equipment and staff who are the best at what they do. I still get to use my creativity,” says Corey. “Plus I come to work in gym gear every day.” In his speaking engagements at the Mount, other universities and elsewhere, Corey says there’s always one message he delivers: “If you have a dream, pursue it. Pursue it until nothing comes of it. I’m living proof that anything can happen. From owning my own business to moving to the U.S. and working with professional athletes, I’ve always kept my dreams at the forefront.”
Provincial Minister and MLA Joanne Bernard uses life experiences to inform her career Joanne Bernard, BA ’96, brings unique perspective to
her role as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), Minister of Community Services, Minister responsible for the Disabled Persons Commission Act and Minister responsible for Advisory Council on the Status of Women. When she was a single mother on welfare, Bernard wanted to create a different life for her son. It was also important for her to get an education in an environment that put women’s issues in the forefront. She says her time at the Mount helped inspire her to dedicate years to the non-profit sector concentrating on social justice and women’s issues. It may seem like Bernard, who was elected last October, has her dream job now, but getting here wasn’t easy. On top of financial strains, while attaining her education Bernard’s father was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away within months. Furthermore, less than three years later while working on her master’s thesis at Acadia University, her mother was killed in a car accident. Bernard continued reaching for her goal: “It was extraordinarily painful. And I was also a single mom to a 10-year-old boy who just lost two of the best grandparents in the world. Not giving up and persevering would be my greatest accomplishment.” Bernard is thankful her son was so supportive, saying, “He probably paid the price the most for my ambition to get through school. There was no money. No money to do fun things. No money for the fun toys. Going to the food bank isn’t fun. He really worked this degree as much as I did.” Upon graduating, Bernard was hungry to make a difference in her hometown. From 2000 to 2003 she helped establish the Marguerite Centre, the only longterm residential facility for women recovering from addictions and abuse in Halifax. Then she was executive director at Alice Housing, a second-stage housing organization providing long-term affordable housing and
comprehensive support for women and children leaving domestic violence. Bernard has always been politically minded; at age eight she wrote former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau protesting the seal hunts, and when Trudeau wrote her back, she was hooked. She made politics the focal point of her academic career, and uses her undeniable passion to have a positive impact on vulnerable Nova Scotians. She says, “I’m sensitive to the issues in the community. I’ve lived them and I will do everything I can to support that. I’ll make people listen and put their concerns on the political agenda.” Once elected, there was much focus on Bernard being the first openly gay MLA. She says, “It’s not an accomplishment, it’s just who I am.” Bernard knew that in her decision to run for public office, her private life would become a point of interest too and it was important that her son and wife were comfortable with the increased attention. Unfortunately, at times details of her personal life overshadowed her work. She says, “All the great work I’ve done in the community, in some people’s minds, is absolutely erased by the fact that I’m married to a woman. I had to be OK with that.” Still, Bernard recognizes that challenges like this, just like dealing with her financial struggles and personal loss, all strengthen her resolve to help others. Bernard sees herself in the people of Dartmouth North as she reflects on comments from one of her constituents: “During the election I had a man come up to me and say, ‘I voted for you yesterday. My girlfriend went to the Marguerite Centre and that place saved her life, and I know you founded it.’ And I thought, I don’t even know how to respond to that because that’s so far beyond politics. It was the most poignant moment I’ve ever had.” Carole Rankin, a Mount public relations student, contributed this article.
Like mother, like daughters Three O’Malley women now proud Mount alumnae
Left to right: Carolyn O’Malley, Marie O’Malley and Elizabeth-Ann Cody
Sixty-two years after her own graduation from Mount Saint Vincent College, Marie (Langan) O’Malley, BScSec ’52, was back on campus for convocation in May to hand her daughter, Carolyn O’Malley, BBA ’14, her degree. “I had a great love for the Mount. I still do,” says Marie. She was at the Mount during the fire of 1951 that burned campus to the ground, and remembers a steady stream of nuns knocking on the door of St. Mary’s Cottage where she lived at the time. Once inside, the Sisters dropped to their knees and said the rosary while nearby, the main building on campus burned to the ground. Marie moved home to Woodside for the rest of that term, commuting by bus, ferry and tram to attend classes downtown on Harvey St. while rebuilding efforts in Rockingham were underway. A year later, at age 19, Marie was the youngest member of the first class to graduate from the new Mount Saint Vincent College housed in Evaristus. With her Bachelor of Science in Secretarial Studies in hand, Marie soon began teaching at the Halifax Vocational School. There, she met her husband Gerald (Gerry). The couple raised five children and still made time to further their own educations, run for office, and volunteer. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Marie served on the board of the Mount Saint Vincent Alumnae Association (MSVAA). She rose to president and MSVAA representative on the Mount’s Board of Governors. “I really enjoyed that,” she recalls. Marie also took courses at Dalhousie University, earned her teaching license, and began a long career teaching at Queen Elizabeth High School in Halifax. Marie’s husband followed her lead and took classes at the Mount before transferring to St. Mary’s University. Gerald O’Malley was a teacher and founding principal of the first Nova Scotia Community College, Akerley Campus in Dartmouth, before joining Halifax City Council where he served as alderman and deputy mayor. He then entered provincial politics and was minister of several portfolios in the Nova Scotia government including Government Services, Science and Technology, and Labour. When Gerry moved into provincial politics, Marie successfully ran for his seat on Halifax City Council. She too served both as alderman and deputy mayor. “I liked the camaraderie and I liked the work the councillors did and still do,” Marie says. Her strong service orientation is also evident through volunteerism. She served on numerous governance boards including those for the World Trade Centre, Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission, Northwoodcare Inc., Parker
Street Food and Furniture Bank, and The Home of the Guardian Angel. Marie also holds a lifetime membership in the Catholic Women’s League of Canada where she’s been diocesan and provincial president, national secretarytreasurer, and national first vice-president. Marie’s eldest daughter, Elizabeth-Ann Cody, BBA ‘77, was the first of her children to enroll at the Mount. She subsequently graduated from Dalhousie University, MPA ‘79. Today Elizabeth-Ann is Deputy Minister of the Environment for Nova Scotia, having held increasingly senior positions in the civil service for more than 30 years. “I grew up hearing stories about the wonderful university environment that my mother had experienced at the Mount with its beautiful location,” says Elizabeth-Ann of her decision to come here. “The impressive blue and gold Mount ring that my mother always wore was also something that I truly coveted, but something that my mom always told me I would have to earn for myself, not something that she was just going to give me. Today I wear mine with pride.” And now daughter Carolyn is the third Mount alumna in their immediate family. Carolyn has worked for the Nova Scotia government for 25 years and is currently human resources consultant with the Public Service Commission. Though she had multiple diplomas and a rewarding career already, she chose to upgrade her education and came to the Mount as a parttime mature student in 2003. Carolyn already had a fondness for campus, having held her wedding here in 1998, and says that while it wasn’t easy, “I was determined I was graduating from Mount Saint Vincent University.” It was the small class sizes and opportunity to get to know her professors that Carolyn loved most about the Mount. “There’s an intimacy here at the Mount. I have a lot of respect for my professors. They taught me a lot academically and about myself,” Carolyn says. Her husband recently retired from the military and Carolyn appears to have inherited her mother’s commitment to volunteerism, serving as board chair of the Halifax and Region Military Family Resource Centre. “It’s a way of giving back, of supporting military members who, unlike me, don’t have family support nearby.” Elizabeth-Ann was thrilled to be able to come to her sister’s convocation, and says seeing her mother present Carolyn with her degree was wonderful. “It really spoke to a legacy shared between generations . . . that is rare in today’s world as students disperse all over the world to pursue their education. Clearly the Mount is an integral part of our family’s history and one that will always hold a special place in our thoughts,” she says.
YOUR GENEROSITY In keeping the spirit of caritas alive, Mount alumnae and friends supported the University with donations totaling $2,068,633 for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2013 and ending March 31, 2014. Thank you! Through your generosity, you help ensure that exceptional education remains accessible for anyone, from any background or circumstance, at any stage in their lives, learning from anywhere; that the doors of opportunity are open to all who want to learn.
13% Donations were directed to the following areas
Construction of the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research – 75% The Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research is scheduled to open June 2015. Students, faculty and staff are looking forward to collaborating in this four-storey, 49,600 square foot, environmentally conscience facility that will incorporate innovative technologies into teaching and research spaces designed to provide a unique and personal learning experience for Mount students. In recognition of the Mount’s history in the advancement of women, the McCain centre will be dedicated throughout to honouring women’s accomplishments. In addition to showcasing the stories of 18 Inspiring Women, many other spaces throughout the building have been sponsored by individuals, corporations and foundations to honour women. Many donors continue to support this initiative by honouring women in their lives on the Riva Spatz Women’s Wall of Honour. In a garden setting near the entrance to the McCain Centre, this special feature, the only one of its kind in Canada, will undoubtedly be a signature element of the new building. To read stories about and commemorations and tributes to the women being honoured, please visit www.womenswallofhonour.ca.
Scholarships, Bursaries, Prizes and Awards – 13% Scholarships, bursaries, prizes and awards represent types of funding available to Mount students – and for many students, can make a significant difference in their ability to attend university. Many students must work part-time or even full-time and some take on burdensome debt in order to pursue their studies. Receiving a scholarship, bursary or award can support success in their learning pursuits by helping lift at least some of the financial stress from their shoulders. Scholarships recognize students for outstanding academic achievement. Bursaries provide financial assistance to students in that they are awarded based on financial need. Awards and prizes recognize student accomplishments within various programs and departments across the University. Donors contributed to the University’s general scholarship and bursary funds as well as to named expendable (funded yearly) and endowed (in-perpetuity) scholarships, bursaries and awards.
Support for Departments, Programs and Special Initiatives – 9% Gifts directed to academic departments and other programs provide support that enhances Mount students’ learning experience. Examples of areas supported by donors to the University in 2013-14 include:
Unrestricted Donations – 3% Unrestricted gifts were made to the Mount to direct to areas of priority need.
• The Student Opportunity Fund (please see page 22 for more information about this new initiative) • The Nunavut Teacher Practicum Program (please see page 16-17 for more) • The Gail and Stephen Jarislowsky Endowed Chair in Learning Disabilities • Athletics • Library acquisitions
• The Art Gallery • The Child Study Centre • Nova Scotia Centre on Aging • Campus Life • Academic programs and department enhancement funds – including applied human nutrition, business & tourism and hospitality management, biology, chemistry, english, education, and communication studies
Thank You 2013–14 Donors Mount Saint Vincent University thanks the following alumnae, friends, faculty, staff, retirees, students, parents, corporations, foundations and organizations for their commitment to the Mount. The following list applies to gifts received during the fiscal year of April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Individual donors are recognized by the annual donor circle or club for donations received during this period. Alumnae donors are listed with the year of their most recent degree from the Mount. To all our donors – many thanks! Your generosity helps make a real difference in students’ lives – whether through a donation to the Annual Fund, support for student success by giving to scholarships, bursaries and awards, funds directed to enhancing the work of our departments and programs, or supporting the construction of the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research. With your help we are creating opportunity, not only for the students of today, but for future generations of Mount students.
Individual donors who have contributed $25,000 or more from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 John & Judy Bragg Elizabeth Fountain ’79 & Fred Fountain E. Margaret Fulton ’94* Martha & Bruce Jodrey Marjorie Lindsay Margaret McCain ’05 Johanne McKee ’54 & Ian McKee
Individual donors who have contributed $10,000 – $24,999 from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 Jalynn H. Bennett Anne Campbell ’81 & John Lindsay Diane Campbell Lily Chan ’61 & Paul Chan Wadih Fares Cheryl Hodder Charlotte Lindgren Alexa McDonough ’09 Susan Patten ’97 Janis Sobey-Hames ’76 Harold & Diane Schwartz Glenn Squires Anne & John van der Heyden
Individual donors who have contributed $5,000 – $9,999 from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 Gail Asper Elizabeth Church Mary Clancy ’70 Susan Clark Kim Conrad Carole Cushing
Mike Foran ’89 & Catherine Keating Steve Higgins Ramona Lumpkin Lois Dyer Mann & David Mann Mary O’Regan ’65 Ken Rowe Rosemarie Sampson ’68 Judy Steele ’82 & Bruce Towler
Individual donors who have contributed $1,000 – $4,999 from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 Stephen Allt Louise Ardenne ’89* Sharon Avery ’96 Tex Barkhouse Sonja Bata ’89 Robert Batherson ’97 & Catherine MacIsaac ’05 Robert Berard Bill Black Susan & Russell Boyd Linda Brown ’68 & Hugh Brown Sheila Brown Gerard Buckley ’85 & Mary MacDonald Diana Carl Julie Carroll ’63 Janice Comeau ’79 Eleanor Connor ’99 Howard Conter Deborah Conter Claire Correia ’55 Pam Scott Crace & John Crace Katherine Darvesh Amanda Dean ’03 Gillian & Jack Diamond Stephen Dingwall Elizabeth Dixon Felicia Eghan Sandra Findlay-Thompson ’85 & Bruce Thompson ’97 Lucille Fitzgerald Jeanne Flemming ’65
Myra Freeman ’04 & Lawrence Freeman C. Kelly Gallant ’90 Joseph Gardiner Tony Goode Daniel Graham Fred Harrington M. Eileen Hartigan-Drohan ’70 Lawrence Hayes Thomas Hayes Paul & Barbara Kent Colleen Keyes Dianne Kristoff ’78 Lorraine Lafferty ’78 Aldéa Landry Dennice Leahey ’64 & Stephen Leahey Mike Lumpkin Ann MacGillivary Deanne MacLeod ’92 & Mark Forward ’93 Sandra Macleod ’81 Stephanie Mapke ’75 Scott McCain Suzanne McCarron ’86 R. Mark McCondach ’82 Justin & Heather McDonough Travis McDonough Anne Melanson ’87 Alex Mielnik Jerome Muise Janet Murray ’56 & T.J. Murray Maida Murray Shirley Murray Edith Nelligan ’62 Ruth Nelligan ’62 Jane Nicholson Elizabeth Parr-Johnston Jo-Anne Peckham ’87 Arianne Pollet-Brannen Suzanne Reynolds ’66 Lara Ryan ’92 & Brett Ryan Marilyn Schnare ’64 Diana Schwartz Margo Schwartz Angela Surrette ’90
Randi Warne Dara Woodman
Individual donors who have contributed $500 – $999 from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 Lily Abbass ’83 Janet Ashe ’63* Alan Brown Catherine Butler Holly Carr Lynn Cashen Basso ’07 Tom Cashen Margaret Conrad ’07 Susan Covert S. Lynn Coveyduck ’96 Michal Crowe ’77 Catherine M. Dallaire ’81 Eleanor Delicaet ’47 Lori Errington ’11 Eric Fiander Dale Godsoe ’97 Vicki Harnish ’74 Elizabeth Hicks Jeff Hollett Louise Hunt ’74 Roy Jamieson ’10 Brian Jessop Shawn Kehoe Elizabeth Larmond-Elliot ’61 Suzanne LeBlanc ’77 Suzanne MacDougall Janet MacInnis John MacLatchy Jeffrey MacLeod Karen McCarthy ’91 Michael McIsaac Marvin McKay-Keenan Sheldon Miller ’99 Michelle & Bruce Monahan Shirley Nicholson ’88 Anne O’Brien ’76 Dan O’Neill Robyn Osgood ’86 Shani Pearson
Stephen Perrott Andrea & Richard Plato Meredith Ralston Doris Ramphos Theresa Rath ’13 Cynthia Reardon ’76 Donna Redmond Gates ’95 & Allan Gates ’98 Rebecca Roberts Shelley Rowan ’82 Suzanne Seager James Sharpe Marie Skomorowski ’63 Nancy Spencer ’94 George Steeves Janelle Sullivan-McNulty ’85 Beth Symes Tracey Taweel ’09 Lynne Theriault ’71 & Don Theriault Sandra Thomas John Young
Individual donors who have contributed $100 – $499 from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 Janis Aitken ’69 Betty Anderson Sheila Andrecyk ’56 Patricia Arab ’01 Joanne Assini Elizabeth Atcheson Nancy Aust ’63 Ninette Babineau ’95 Alice Bailey Elizabeth Barrett ’56 Linda Bateman Deborah Beaver Chris Beckett Jo-Anne Belliveau ’75 Ilya Blum Wendy Boisvert ’91 Neil Brennan Mike Brien Janet Brisse ’63
Lee Hallett Tanja Harrison Jean Hartley Elizabeth Hartnell ’73 Donald Hatcher ’06 Jacqueline Haywood ’64 Elizabeth Hemeon ’99 Elsie Henderson ’91 Paul Henderson ’89 Marguerite Henderson Davis ’73 Andrea Hilchiepye Donna Hillier ’88 Dean Hirtle Alice Hollohan Becky Hong ’89 John Hovland Greg Hughes Áine Humble Heather Humphries Allison Hunt Patricia Hunt-Monaghan ’56 Mary Inez Grant ’69 Michelle Innes ’13 Kelly Jacques Michael Johnson Barbara Jones ’55 Ramona Joseph ’98 Lorraine Joudrey ’64 Shannon Kehoe ’06 Simon Kennedy ’91 & Suzanne McCarthy ’90 Kim Kienapple Judith Kiley ’70 Catherine Kilvert ’62 Patricia Kirby ’85 Janet Kline ’71 Marguerite Knisely Alla Kushniryk Michael Kydd ’07 Deborah & Donald Langille Patricia Leader Janet LeBrun ’64 Lori Leger ’81 Adrian Levy Margaret Logan-Graham ’99 Paulette Luft ’66 June Lumsden Mary Lyon Anne MacCleave ’80 Shannon MacDonald Sharon MacDonald ’88 Laura MacDonald Ann MacDonald ’94 Ron MacDonald Margaret MacDonnell ’74 Jean MacEachern Fitzgerald ’68 Ron MacKay Catherine MacKenzie ’70 Tracy MacKenzie M. Marlene MacLellan ’96 Deborah MacLeod Kimberly MacLeod ’88 Janet MacMillan ’81 Barrie MacMillan Bruce MacNeil Elaine MacNeil ’63 Mary MacPhee ’68
*We are saddened by the loss of our friends and community members.
Jill Mahony-Plummer ’77 Adrienne Malloy Karen Mann Joanna Marini ’70 John Martin ’12 Alanna Mason ’92 Vivian McAlister Marguerite McGrath ’56 Sue McGregor Elizabeth McIver ’71 Elspeth McLean-Wile ’79 Antje McVeigh ’84 Lockland Meagher Patricia Meagher Doug Meagher Donna Meagher-Stewart ’70 Tammy Mercer ’14 Susan Mills ’77 Aftab Mohammed ’80 Alleyne Murphy Shelley Murphy ’87 Christian Murray M. Linda Murray ’68 Grant Murray Shannon Murray Dana Murray ’60 & Paul Murray Douglas Myrden Tracey Newman ’00 Jamie Niessen ’96 Carolyn Nobes ’97 Deborah Norris ’79 John Noseworthy Jennifer O’Brien ’93 John O’Connor Mary O’Connor-Hayes ’65 Janet Odea Mora O’Neill Stanislav Orlov Iris Owen ’69 Carolyn Oxner ’85 Terrence Paris Ratika Parkash Marguerite Peddle ’52 Eileen Pelham Jane Pepino M. Jane Phillips Susan Picchione ’59 Barbara Pike Robert Pinto ’89 Jacqueline Poirier ’88 Mary Pothier ’69 Rita & Frank Pottie Tanya Poulton ’96 Carol Probert ’63 Allan Purdy Patricia Quinn ’61 Joyce Rafuse Marion Reid ’02 Pauline Reid Hazel Reyno ’64 & Paul Reyno Leslie Richards Sheila Richardson ’63 Marie Riley ’65 Susan Ringrose ’66 Mary Robertson ’73 Elizabeth Roscoe ’71 Janet Rowe ’83 Barbara Ryan ’71 Mary Ellen Ryan-Zwicker ’63
Rachel Witt, a science communication student from Salmon Arm, B.C. shared the following in her address at the January 2014 Scholars’ Luncheon:
To the donors: thank you . . . Being supported with a scholarship will give me a chance to graduate without being saddled by immense debt. As a first year undergrad, I am free to ponder post-graduate opportunities at home and abroad. I can dream big because of your support.
Susan Brown ’68 Nina Brum Jeanne Campbell ’64 Kim Campbell ’14 Sheila Cardone ’66 Sarah Carlos ’10 Linda Carnell Swinwood ’92 Janet Carney ’57 Judith Carson ’68 Brian Carter Frances Casserley ’56 Joyce Chang Yvonne Chute Phyllis Clark ’54 Christine Clark ’86 Linda & James Clever Judith Coates ’63 Carole Coates ’63 Michael Collicott ’84 Joy Collins ’84 Rose-Anne Comeau ’62 Simone Comeau Geddry ’63 Judith Connolly ’60 Jane Cooney Denise Corra ’09 Michael Covert John Crowley Sheilagh Crowley M. Elizabeth Cullen ’81 Clothilde Currie ’57 Dawn Dalley ’91 Keith Davis ’90 Sharon Davis ’82 Louanne Devanney ’86 Angela Dewar ’06 Kenneth Dewar Barbara Downie ’57 Joan Doyle Wendy Doyle ’70 Margaret Driscoll ’58 Nancy Dyer ’61 Peter Dykhuis Margaret Ellis ’76 Cynthia Embree ’82 Shirley Fader Jill Feindel ’83 & Steven Feindel Emerson Fiske Frank Fitzpatrick Sean Fleming Stephen Flemming Jill Flinn ’57 Marguerite Flinn ’57 Suzanne Fougere ’05 Amy France ’81 Teresa Francis ’87 Heather Fraser-Davey ’68 Geoff Gatien Janice Gaudet ’88 Sonia Gaul ’69 Mary Gilroy ’62 Amy Gordon ’97 Jane Gordon Elaine Gordon (Cragg) Janice Graham-Migel ’83 Alan Grant Charlotte Gray ’95 Neil Gray Susan Gunn ’69 Gwen & Rob Haliburton
Picture (top): Witt delivering the Scholars’ Appreciation Picture (bottom): Witt with Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, president and vice-chancellor, and Sister Donna Geernaert, chancellor
Thank You Ambassadors
Individual donors who have contributed $100 – $499 from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 Christine Sarsfield Diane Saurette Sandra Schnare ’09 Ram Seth Sushma Seth Sachin Seth Deepak Seth Barbara Shea ’84 Nancy Sheehan ’57 Douglas Simpson Madge & Ward Skinner Stephen Smith Ronald Smith Gary Sneddon Marietta Snetsinger ’91 Marsha Sobey Emily Somers Corrine Sparks ’74 Peter Spurway Caroline Wolfe Stewart ’90 & Ron Stewart ’08 Margaret Swan ’89 Krista Sweet Brook Taylor Errol Taylor ’89 Anne Thibodeau Diane Tinkham ’73 Theresa Tobin ’81 Erin Tomlinson ’08 Glenn Tozer Patricia Turner ’93 Mary Uhl ’48 & Norman Uhl Ann Vessey ’92 Genevieve Vest ’66 Wendy Vrooman-Look ’95 David Wainwright Barry Waldman ’84 Jeannie Wamboldt Charles Watt Margaret Watts Isobel Wesley ’93 Dorothy West Anne West Sybil & Earl Weston Florence Whitby ’52 Susan Whiting Patricia Whitman ’69 & David Lemon Lisa Whynott ’94 Bill Wiggins Joy MacKay Williams ’75 Dorothy Wills ’07 Kenny Wong John Yogis Mildred York ’76 Mary A. Yurkiw
Individual donors who have contributed up to $99 from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 Caroline Abbott Cicely Alfonso ’64 Marion Anderson ’88 Edmar Aquino Cheryl & Peter Armstrong Gladys Ascah ’89 Suzan Ascroft Marie Bartlett ’51 William Barker Nancy Battis ’61 Elaine Beck ’02 Jill Beis Yvonne Bennett ’66 Adriana Benzaquen Barbara Berringer ’02 Teresa Bigelow ’76 Libby Blume Patricia Bonang ’59 Maureen Boudreau ’79 & James Boudreau Nancy Boutilier ’75 David Brien ’97 Sharyn Brown ’63 Leslie Brown M. Betty-Ann Buott ’96 Stephanie Burdock ’85 Joanne Burns-Theriault ’03 Elaine Burrows ’74 Patricia Butler ’85 Sally Campbell Reggie Caulfield Mark Clarke ’98 Frances Cody ’81 Stéphanie Comeau ’09 & Aaron Zinck ’09 Louise Cooke ’08 Norma Craib ’84 Gail Creaser ’06 Sheila Crummell ’79 Scott Daniels ’10 Mabel Davis ’84 Isobel Den Heyer ’89 Donna D’Eon ’74 Leeann Dereus Denise Dickson Patricia Dill ’64 Louise Doran ’71 Edwina Doucet ’84 Catherine Doucette ’56 Patricia Drake Anne Dube ’63 Lynn Evans ’98 Pamela Fancey ’91 Evelyn Faulkner ’81 Sarah Feeney Judith Ferguson Ann Finlayson ’69 Lorraine Floody ’79 Linda Fougere ’91 Dawn Frail Michelle Gailey ’80 Bertha Galpin ’90
Constance Glube ’98 Wendy Griffin Stephanie Hale ’11 Anne Hallisey ’58 Gloria Hanief ’62 Paul Hanson Gordon Helm Joanne Hickey ’55 Carole-Anne Holmes-Lauder ’75 Karen Hooker Sonya Horsburgh ’11 Diana Whalen Jill Hurlbert ’12 Leah Hutt Theresa Ivey ’05 Robert Jack Linda Jacobs Starkey ’71 Valerie Jenkins ’92 Derek Johnstone Jennifer Jolly Barbara Kanellakos ’10 Monica Kangley ’58 M. Claire Keindel ’51 James Kelly ’97 Keith Kerr Mary Kingston Traci Knott Manzer ’07 M. Rachel Martin ’79 Michelle Landreville Donna Lawrence Johanne Leclerc ’61 Hope Lemoine ’10 Leigh Leslie Rexanne Lugar Laodiki Lutwick Shelley MacDermid Mary MacDonald ’85 Tara MacDonald ’06 Breagh MacDonald ’11 Deanna MacDougall ’67 Kent MacDougall Susan MacDougall Alison & Bill MacIsaac Shirley MacKenzie ’81 Melissa MacKinnon ’04 Lori MacLean Mary MacNab ’62 Dawn MacNutt ’05 Linda MacPherson Ian MacRae ’01 Shelley Mann Margaret Manoogian Daniel Marozzo ’01 Joanne McCormick Joyce McDonald Daniel McDougall Patricia McKelvie ’94 Sandra Mckenzie Jennifer McLaren ’82 Andrew McNeil ’04 Jeannette Melanson ’63 Audrey & Lorne Mitton Leona Monaghan Sean Moore ’04 Anne Moynihan ’65 & Kevin Moynihan Patricia Mulatz ’72
Coleman Munn Lemuel Murphy ’85 Dolorosa Murphy ’11 John Murphy Brenda Murray Patricia Nickerson ’91 Patricia O’Connell Richiro Oda Joan O’Keefe ’69 Marie O’Malley ’52 Sylvia Ommanney Verna Ourada Sharon Parker ’71 Olive Pastor ’86 Grace Paterson Jean Pattison Roxy Pelham ’79 Jon Phillips ’95 Linda Pike ’90 Charmaine Pope ’90 Douglas Pope Terri Pothier ’42 Beverly Pottie Margaret Power ’71 Michelle Proctor-Simms Ross Quackenbush Kim Raine ’88 John Reid Mausi Reinbold ’90 Deborah Richards ’83 Joanne Rivest ’86 & Dayle Harrington ’83 Sarah Rudderham ’10 Joan & Dan Sargeant James Sawler Donald Shiner Patrice Shires ’02 Alasdair Sinclair Dorothy Smith ’84 Alison Stark ’08 Linda Thistle ’97 Jordan Tinkham ’06 Lynn Tomlinson ’86 Barbara Trainor ’59 Deborah Trickett Ming Tsay Patricia Uthe ’89 Georgia VanDewater Richard Walkden ’84 Dorothy Walsh Durocher ’59 Caroline Watt-Alford ’87 Heather Watts ’82 John Wells Martha Westwater ’96 Diane Whiting Cheryl Williams ’80 Geraldine Williams ’77 Marilyn Wilson ’74 Gail Woodman Dana Wright Aibing Xia M. Anne Yanofsky ’89 George Zinck ’76 Ansia Zvonkovic And the 13 donors who wish to remain anonymous
Estate of Linda Degrace Estate of Katherine Devan Estate of Patricia Keene Estate of John Knodell Dr. Marial Mosher Charitable Trust Estate of Janet Piers Estate of Adah Ruth Spencer Estate of Mary M. Young
Gifts made in Honour**
Tyler Bechard Julie Carroll ’63 Justin Corcoran Susan Covert Zach Gallant Joey LeBlanc Ann MacGillivary Elizabeth Parr-Johnston Rosemarie Sampson ’68 Diane Vanasse
Gifts made in Memory**
Louise Ardenne ’89 Robert Bagg Joseph Boudreau Winnie Bowering Daniel Brownlow ’70 Linda DeGrace ’90 Pat DeMont E. Margaret Fulton ’94 Jennifer Grabove Phyllis Hatcher Clyde Henderson Genevieve Keefe Dot Lamrock Daniel MacLeod Dyrick McDermott ’94 Gladys Mulock Suellen Murray ’86 R. Lynn Ralston Joan Redmond Murdine Shiner Heather Smyth Marilyn White
The Mystics Society recognizes alumnae making their first gift to the University within two years of graduating with their first degree from the Mount. Nancy Adames ’11 Kim Campbell ’14 Lori Errington ’11 Brian Holmes ’12 Michelle Innes ’13 Christopher Lopes ’12 Breagh MacDonald ’11 John Martin ’12 Tammy Mercer ’14 Dolorosa Murphy ’11
Marking the year the Mount was founded, the 1873 Society recognizes those who have notified the University of their intent to include Mount Saint Vincent University in their estate plans. The individuals listed have provided consent to be recognized as an 1873 Society Member. The University acknowledges with gratitude those alumnae and friends whose commitment to the Mount extends beyond their lifetime. Diana Carl Jane L. Cook & David Marcogliese S. Lynn Coveyduck ’96 Brenda Hattie ’01 Janet MacMillan ’81 Judith M. Newman Carolyn Nobes ’97 Elizabeth Parr-Johnston M. Jane Phillips Barbara Pike Rosemarie Sampson ’68
Corporations, Foundations and Organizations
ADP Canada Co. Advocate Printing Publishing Aliant Alumitech Ltd. American College of Physicians Atlantic Lottery Corporation Atlantica Mechanical Contractors The Berkeley BMO Bank Montreal Brown Children Inc. Canada Games Centre Board of Directors & Staff Canadian Association Gift Planners Canadian Athletic Therapists Capital District Health Authority Clearwater Fine Foods Coca Cola Canada Colour Communications & Public Relations Foundation Compass Group Canada Council of Canadian Academies Dartmouth Crossing Deloitte Touche Foundation Canada Douglas-Coldwell Foundation Eckler Ltd. Emera Family of Jessie MacIsaac Campbell Finance - Government Accounting First Affiliated Corporate Foundation Gail Asper Foundation Greater Halifax Partnership Growth Pak Hal Jackman Foundation Halifax Port Authority Halifax Protestant Infants’Foundation Harrison McCain Foundation Haynes - Connell Foundation Hypatia Association Insurance Bureau of Canada International Women’s Forum Jazz Aviation John & Judy Bragg Family Foundation Kenneth C. Rowe Family Fund Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette
Knowledge First Foundation KPMG LLP Ladies Golf Club of Toronto Macdonald Chisholm Trask Insurance Mainland Nova Scotia Building Construction Trades Council Manulife Financial Morneau Shepell Ltd. MSV Alumnae Association MSVU Department of University Advancement MSVU Athletics & Recreation MSVU Faculty Association MSVU Human Resources MSVU President’s Office MSVU Public Affairs MSVU Students’ Union Nancy’s Very Own Foundation NATIONAL Public Relations Navigator Ltd Nova Scotia Power Nova Scotian Crystal Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries & Casino Corporation NS Deputy Ministers, Associate Deputy Ministers PCL Constructors of Canada Ltd. Power Corporation of Canada Prince Argyle Management RBC Royal Bank RBC Foundation rcs Construction Reliable Home Environment Scotiabank Senior Financial Executive Forum, Province Nova Scotia Sisters of Charity - Saint Vincent De Paul Sisters of Saint Martha Southwest Properties Stewart Mckelvey TD Bank Group TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Theodore R. & Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Foundation Theriault Financial Services Town of New Glasgow United African-Canadian Womens’ Association WBLI Chartered Accountants Windsor Foundation
Betty Anderson, representing the Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division, and RCAF (Women’s Division) Scholarship recipient Tarrah McPherson, a BBA student, at Scholars’ Luncheon 2014.
Sister Donna Geernaert, and Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, gathered with recipients of the Marial Mosher Canadian Studies Scholarship at Scholars’ Luncheon, 2014. Canadian studies students: Anna Burgess, Jacqueline Duggan, Cherise Hart, Kelly Isenor and Blake Smith
While we have made every effort to ensure accuracy, please accept our apologies for any errors or omissions. Please contact University Advancement at 902.457.6270 or email giving@ msvu.ca if you believe we made an error on this list. Alumnae donors are listed with the year of their most recent degree from the Mount. *We are saddened by the loss of our friends and community members. **These lists do not include gifts made specifically to recognize women in the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research or on the Riva Spatz Women’s Wall of Honour.
Lindsay Wadden, BA ’02 (second from the left), vice president, gaming operations, Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries & Casino Corporation, Gold Sponsor, Black Tie Dinner and Bingo 2014, with fellow alumnae and friends of the Mount.
Mount Saint Vincent University’s Endowment Funds Mount Saint Vincent University’s Endowment
Distributions for 2014-2015
An endowment is often referred to as “the gift that keeps on giving” – a capital fund which a donor establishes that is merged with other funds as part of the Mount’s general endowment portfolio. Each year, a percentage of the donor’s total fund (referred to as “the spending rate”) is paid out towards the program or initiative supported – which ranges from scholarships, bursaries and awards to funds for program or departmental support to academic chairs. At March 31, 2014, the value of the Mount’s general endowment was at $21,052,774.
The spending rate for fiscal year 2014-15 will be 4.0% - an increase over the previous several years spending rate of 3.5%. To alleviate large fluctuation in spending commitments, the University’s Endowment Management Policy requires the spending allocation to be calculated using a percentage of the moving average of market value of the preceding three fiscal years ended March 31. This policy also stipulates the spending rate be reviewed each year and range between 3.5% and 5.0%.
Endowment Management For the past 10 years, Mount Saint Vincent University’s endowments have been managed by Jarislowsky Fraser Limited. This investment counseling firm is known for its low-risk approach which has navigated the University’s endowment fund through the volatile markets experienced in recent years. Their conservative approach has allowed the University to focus on long-term capital preservation. The Endowment Management Policy, approved by the University’s Board of Governors, sets out the guidelines and procedures to ensure that annual income continues at an adequate funding level to maintain the quantity and quality of initiatives for which the funds were established to provide. This policy is reviewed annually and was last updated November 21, 2011. The Investment Committee is a standing committee of the Mount’s Board of Governors comprised of experienced members of the investment sector. This ensures strong financial oversight of the Fund Manager and compliance with the Investment Policy. Approved by the Board of Governors, the Investment Policy creates a framework to maximize real, long-term returns to the Mount’s endowments and provide for a long-term growth while protecting against shorter-term fluctuations. This policy established ranges for asset mix and benchmarks for performance evaluation.
Endowment Over Five Years – 2009 - 2014 The following chart reflects the value of the University’s General Endowment Fund over the past five years. Market value is at March 31 of the fiscal year end. Growth in the endowment is due to both fund performance and donor investment.
Endowment Value (S) at March 31 ($ million)
20 18,431,749.00 15,259,753.78
Members of the Investment Committee for 2013-2014 were: Charles Bruce (Chair) – NSPS Long Term Disability Trust Gerard Buckley – Jaguar Capital Inc. Vicki Harnish – Community volunteer (retired Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Department of Finance) Brian Jessop – Mount Saint Vincent University Dr. Ramona Lumpkin – Mount Saint Vincent University Deanne MacLeod – Stewart McKelvey Thomas Nicolle – Pfiffner Management Inc. Serge Pepin – BMO Investments
Endowment Asset Mix: The pie chart shows the Mount’s asset mix for the General Endowment Fund at March 31, 2014. 2.8%
21.1% Public relations student and current Students’ Union President, Paul Whyte, volunteering at Black Tie Dinner and Bingo 2014.
22.7 Place19.0% Endowment Mix Pie Chart
Canadian Equities 21.1% U.S Equities 22.7 % International Equities 19.0% Bonds 34.4% Cash & Equivalents 2.8%
Endowment Returns: The following chart outlines the annualized returns ending March 31, 2014 on the Mount’s General Endowment over seven years and provides details of the portfolio’s performance.
1 Yr 2 Yrs 3 Yrs 4 Yrs 5 Yrs 7 Yrs Since (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) Inception General Endowment Fund 16.0 14.0 11.2 10.5 11.8 6.0 Bonds* 1.4 3.9 6.0 5.8 6.3 5.6 FTSE TMZ Canada Universe Canadian Equities 20.0 16.4 7.9 9.6 14.4 5.8 S&P/TSX Composite U.S. Equities (C$) 32.8 26.2 20.7 17.4 17.9 6.2 S&P 500 (C$) International Equity 23.7 20.2 14.7 13.2 15.6 3.0 MSCI_EAFE (C$) Net Inception date is November 30, 2004
Mount Mystics Women’s Basketball Team members Kalli MacDonald and Kelsey Clory on the court at the 2014 Dyrick McDermott Invitational.
Class notes Rose McGinn, BBA ‘78, was joined by family members on July 17, 2013 at the Meadows on the Mount’s campus to celebrate her 90th birthday. Rose has deep roots with the Mount dating back to her early school days attending the Academy, and later finishing her degree in the 1970s. Rose, sitting front and centre, is pictured with fellow Mount Alumnae in her family (back row, from left): Theresa (McGinn) Rose, BPR ‘95; Shannon McGinn, BBA ‘96; Michelle (Morriscey) Walsh, BEd ‘78; Joanne (McGinn) MacRae, BBA ’77; Margaret Trainor, BBA ’77; Terri McGinn, MEd ‘06.
1970s Jane Carman, BHEc ’76, was granted early retirement from Kraft Canada in 2012 having completed 18 years with them, most recently as Director, Kraft Kitchens. She also worked for Nabisco for 17 years before Kraft. Jane recently received the Sally Henry Memorial Award from the Ontario Home Economists in Business, in recognition of her contributions to the profession of home economics and to the community. Karin Gilroy, BSc ’78, works in Southern Alberta as Manager of Nutrition and Food Services, AHS, covering eight rural sites. Her husband, Larry, is semiretired and works summers in Waterton National Park as a reservist. They both write: “Would love to hear from former classmates!”
1980s Yvonne (Theunissen) Leslie, CDC ’80, has written a novel called Treading Water. Synopsis: While her daughters Abby and Penny are visiting their grandmother on Maggie’s beloved East coast, Maggie discovers something in Abby’s diary that gives her cause to
worry – and reason to hop on a plane to join them. While in Nova Scotia she runs into an old boyfriend who raises emotions and questions that Maggie hadn’t thought about since she left more than 16 years ago. Abby too learns things about her mother that she never knew before. Both are pulled backed to the past and their relationship is threatened in more ways than one. Treading Water is available on-line at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and on your Kobo and Kindle. You can visit Yvonne on Facebook - Treading Water or through the website: www.treadingwater.ca. Anne Marie MacKinnon, BScHEc ’81 Anne Marie is working at St. Joseph’s Health Center Guelph as Food Service Manager, and is living in Guelph, Ont. with her husband Alistair. Several public relations alumnae were among those elected to three-year terms on the Canadian Public Relations
Society Board of Directors (CPRS) during the Society’s 2014 Annual General Meeting in Banff, AB this past May during the CPRS National Summit. Congratulations Dana Dean, BPR ’85, Angela Murray, BPR ’91, MPR, ’13, Rashpal Rai, BPR ’97. Thelma (Blackette) Sambrook, BCS ’88, was named one of Canada’s outstanding principals in 2013 by The Learning Partnership. She works at Bowmore Road Junior and Senior School Toronto.
1990s Marla Kavalak, BA ‘91, BEd ’93, has been employed with the Correctional Service of Canada since 1994 and recently accepted the position of Assistant Warden Interventions at Dorchester Penitentiary, in Dorchester, N.B. She and her partner, Michelle, are also busy raising their daughter, Keigan. Marla writes: “I look forward to hearing from old Mount friends!” Alanna Mason, BSc ’92, has been selected as the head coach of swimming with the Special Olympics Provincial Team. She and her 10 swimmers
were in Vancouver in July with 69 other Special Olympic athletes and 33 coaches/mission staff. “The largest Team Nova Scotia Special Olympics ever!” Alanna writes. Dr. Daphne Lordly, MAHE ’93, associate professor in the Mount’s Department of Applied Human Nutrition, was recently featured on the cover of the summer issue of the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. The Journal acknowledged Daphne for her contributions authoring and co-authoring more than 20 papers during the past 10 years – more than any other author. Lyse LeBlanc, BCYS ’96, MA (CYS) ’03, recently won the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada’s Graduate Student Award of Merit. Lyse is currently teaching in the Child and Youth Study department as a part-time instructor, and is a doctoral student in the educational studies conjoint program. D. Lynn Matheson, BPR ’96, graduates with her MBA from the SMU Sobey School of Business this fall. In 2012, she earned a certificate in Chinese studies from Beijing Normal University Zhuhai in China. Cathy Lloyd, BPR ’98, is currently the vice principal at Lou McNairn School in Dieppe, N.B. She is married to Peter Cumming. Suzanne Lloyd Walker, BBA ’97, is married to Jeff Walker, and they live in Shubenacadie, N.S. with their three daughters. The Board of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA) elected Jackie Poirier, BBA ’98, as deputy president. Jackie is a past president of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, and the first female deputy president in the 37-year history of CAPA. Jackie has been on the CAPA Board since 2007. Jessie Jollimore BNI (DIETC) ‘99, founded Hope Blooms in 2008. Jessie
is a community dietician in North End Halifax. Jessie saw an opportunity to begin a grassroots garden project led by youth that could enable the community to take ownership of their food sources and empower people to make a difference in their own lives and the community at large. Six years later with much perserverance and community support, the garden is thriving with more than 40 youth and their families involved. The salad dressing program has been particularly successful, with Hope Blooms youth successfully securing funding on CBC’s The Dragon’s Den to expand the production, marketing and sales of their products.
2000s Janice Ann Mrkonjic, MEd ’00, recently relocated from Raleigh, NC, to Durham, NC, to accept a position with Duke University, the Fuqua School of Business, as the Associate Director of Executive Education. Janice writes: “When in the area, please look me up. I love reconnecting with MSVU alumnae.” Gary Logan, BA ’01, is Political & Economic Specialist with the United States Consulate General – Halifax for the Department of State. He recently met the Speaker of the PEI house of Assembly, the Hon. Carolyn Bertram, BED ’00. Congratulations to Amanda (Lindsay) Kirby-Sheppard, BPR ’02, for recently adding Membership Sales Manager to her role as Marketing and Communications Manager for the Athletics Department at Dalhousie University.
“A few weeks after graduation I moved to Calgary, Alta. in search of opportunity in the field of public relations and communications. At first it was overwhelming arriving in such a comparatively large city, but soon I found out that there is a significant community of Mount public relations graduates in Calgary. I was connected with a few alumnae from one of my former professors, and from there I went on a series of networking coffee dates which eventually landed me with an interview for my current position – communications coordinator at the University of Calgary. My boss is a Mount PR grad and since arriving she’s already had a MSVU alumni event at her house for brunch and networking which was a lot of fun.” – Clara Clory, BPR ‘13
Class Notes Ashleigh VanHouten, BPR ’06, and Heather MacDonald, BPR ’06, have launched an online women’s magazine called milieu (www.milieumag.ca). The duo, who met at the Mount, created their lifestyle magazine in hopes of providing honest and refreshing content that they felt was lacking in many women’s magazines. Combining their strengths (cooking and DIY from Heather; fitness and beauty reviews from Ashleigh), they also look to interview women entrepreneurs around North America for business tips and inspiration.
Geoffrey Kennedy, BPR ’04, has been the Newfoundland & Labrador Authorized Dealer for Linwood Homes since March 2014. Geoff writes: “It is a sales function, and the public relations education I received from MSVU has been invaluable to me thus far.”
Economic Development, were recently models at a bi-annual event held for the Calgary Foundation. This event awards grant money to community projects that create new futures, engage citizens, strengthen charities and/or explore and celebrate our history and culture.
Sarah (Steeves) Sawler, BA ’04, has published a short story with Fierce Ink Press. A young adult story about moving to a new city the year before high school graduation, Leaving For Good is about making the best out of a bad situation and allowing yourself to open up to the possibility of true friendship. Twenty per cent of proceeds go to the IWK Foundation. Leaving for Good is available for download on iTunes, Kindle, and Kobo.
Elaine Horne, BScAHN ’07, former assistant coach of the women’s basketball team, has a new position as provincial project manager for health education with the Dairy Farmers of Canada.
Dawn McNutt, DHumL ’05, received a second honorary doctorate, this time from her alma mater, Mount Allison University, at a spring 2014 convocation ceremony. Dawn, an artist and sculptor, took weaving classes at Mount Allison when she was a student there in the 1950s, then enjoyed a long career as a social worker before focusing on her art full-time. Jennifer Green, BPR ’07, a communications strategist with The City of Calgary, and Kate (George) Bowering, BPR ’07, manager of partnerships and stakeholder relations with Calgary
Allison Saunders, BA ’07, won gold at the Atlantic Journalism Awards on May 10, 2014 for a profile article she co-wrote with Stephanie Johns for The Coast, Halifax’s alternative newsweekly, where they both work. Allison played on the women’s volleyball team for four years at Mount, and was named an allstar captain and MVP. Crystal Vaughan, BA (Hon) ’08 and Dwaine Dixon welcomed Logan Alexander Dixon Vaughan at 11:04 a.m. on Dec. 15, 2013, weighing seven lbs. In February 2014, Rasheeda Burgess, BBA ’09, was named Assistant Product Development Manager with the Bermuda Tourism Authority.
2010s Danielle Hartley, BPR ’11, was recently named Manager, Aboriginal Relations at ATCO Structures and Logistics, an infrastructure solutions company based in Calgary.
Devin Woods, BBA ’11, has pursued professional designations as a chartered business valuator and chartered financial analyst since graduating. He recently moved from Halifax to Toronto, and accepted a buy-side analyst role supporting the transactional corporate development and asset management of a rapidly growing company in the seniors housing industry. DeRico Symonds, BCYS ’12, was recently named one of 21inc’s top 21 leaders for 2014-2015. DeRico currently works with Phoenix youth programs as a community outreach worker in Mulgrave Park in Halifax. Ryan Cochrane, BSc ’13, and Andrew Jessop, BBA ’13, were members of Canada’s canoe-kayak team for World Cup events in Europe this spring. Brandon Geller, BSC ’12, MScAHN ’14, won the 2014 National Morgan Medal Award from the Dietitians of Canada. The objective of Brandon’s research project was to determine the effect of dairy and non-dairy snacks on glycaemia in overweight/obese boys. “I cannot think of a better way to spend a career than engaged with other health professionals and researchers discussing solutions to new problems or novel approaches to old problems all in the effort of improving human health through one of the few things all people share: food,” Brandon wrote. Kaitlin Bauer, BA ’14, is currently working as an Equity Officer and offers freelance public speaking, inclusion training, and mental-health-related workshops for teachers and employers. She intends to pursue graduate studies in 2015.
Mount President Dr. Ramona Lumpkin appointed to Order of Canada The Mount’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Ramona Lumpkin, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours. Lumpkin was one of 86 new appointees announced in Ottawa by Gov. Gen. David Johnston this past Canada Day. Established in 1967, the Order of Canada honours outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. Lumpkin’s appointment recognizes her leadership in postsecondary education, and her promotion of community-based learning initiatives. Lumpkin became the Mount’s 12th President and Vice- Chancellor in 2010 for a five-year term ending June 30, 2015. She has since reoffered for an additional two-year term, a recommendation the Mount’s Board of Governors unanimously approved. Prior to her arrival at the Mount, she spent nine years as Principal of Huron University College and four years as Vice President Academic and Provost of Royal Roads University. To date at the Mount, Lumpkin has led the development of the Mount’s new strategic plan and the $12-million capital campaign that will reshape campus with the construction of the new Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research, a building that celebrates the role women have played in shaping our society. Off campus, Lumpkin is a valued contributor to many organizations and initiatives advancing the role of women in higher education, enhancing access to education for adult and Aboriginal learners, and shaping the future of Nova Scotia. She is the current chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities and a valued resource to many community groups.
Top 50 CEO The past May, Lumpkin was also named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs by Atlantic Business Magazine. “It’s a true privilege to be included among so many incredible leaders from across the region,” says Lumpkin of the Top 50 honour. Deanne MacLeod, Chair of the Mount’s Board of Governors says, “Her (Dr. Lumpkin’s) vision and energy in furthering the Mount as a place of accessible education and the advancement of women will leave a lasting legacy for generations of students to come.” “Ramona’s profound contribution to our community has gone well beyond her impact as the president of the Mount,” says Danny Graham, one of three senior leaders to endorse Lumpkin’s nomination for Top 50 CEO. “Her engaging and understated personality, combined with her clear thoughts and hard work, have made her a ‘must-have’ contributor to many organizations and initiatives shaping the future of Nova Scotia.”
In Memoriams 1930s
Sister Marguerite Keenan, BA ’37, BLS ’40 (Jan. 15, 2014) Marie L. (Forhan) Mullins, BA ’37 (Oct. 13, 2013) Mary Elizabeth (Brady) O’Brien, ACAD ’39 (Dec. 6, 2013)
Noreen E. (Meehan) Andrusyk, BMUS ’49 (July 19, 2014) Agnes Mary (Hague) Casey, BEC ’43 (Jan. 16, 2014) Doris Marie (Phelan) Horne, ACAD ’45 (March 15, 2014)
Joan (Amyoony) Foran, BA ’59 (Aug. 3, 2014) Vera (Hicks) MacDonald, ACAD ’51, BA ’54, BED ’55 (Oct. 16, 2010) Diane (Grisdale) Seeton-Slocombe, ACAD ’58 (Aug. 8, 2014) Sister Marion Quinn (Patricial Carmel), BA ’59 (Oct. 8, 2013) Kathryn Veinot-David, BEC ’50 (July 2, 2014)
Janet Ashe, ACAD ’63 (Aug. 21, 2014) Carol F. L. Edwards, BA ’69 (Dec. 5, 2013) Sister (Agnes) Margaret Ellsworth, BA ’60, BED ’62 (April 26, 2014) Phyllis Elaine “Bobbie” Foley, BED ’63 (Oct. 25, 2013) Sister Christene Forbes (John Cantius), BA ’65 (Feb. 16, 2014) Eileen Charlotte (Peters) Godlien, BA ’66 (Aug. 4, 2014) Heather Anne Macmullin, ACAD ’68 (Jan. 24, 2014) Colleen (Birnie) McDade, ACAD ’69 (Feb. 19, 2014) Sister Claire Therese Murphy, BA ’60 (Oct. 22, 2013) Sister Teresa Salter, BSc ’63, BA ’69 (Oct. 13, 2013) Sister Frances Timmons (Muriel Patrick), BA ’65 (Oct. 27, 2013)
Colleen Anne Robicheau, CDC ’76 (Oct. 25, 2013) Bruce Archie Turner, DipEd ’71 (Oct. 20, 2013) Catherine T. (Whelan) Webster, BBA ’73 (April 26, 2014) Frances G. (Jubien) Williams, BED ’72 (Jan. 11, 2014)
Louise (Porter) Ardenne, BA ’89 (Dec. 15, 2013) Mary Sylvia (Tibbets) Chisolm, BOA ’88 (Jan. 10, 2014) Suellen Janet Murray, BPR ’86 (Feb. 7, 2014) Shirley Alma (Lapierre) Whiston, BA ’84 (Dec. 10, 2013)
Rita Armitage, MAE ’99 (Sept. 8, 2013) E. Margaret Fulton, DHumL ’94 (Jan. 22, 2014) Mavis Gallant, DHumL ’99 (Feb. 18, 2014) Adele Maxine (Singer) Hinz, BA ’96 (June 22, 2014) Jacqueline Gabrielle Neck, BA ’99 (April 17, 2014) Bernice J. (Redden) Rutley, MED ’97 (April 21, 2014) Joan Louise (Bennett) Shellnut, BOA ’96 (Oct. 29, 2013)
Ronald Dennis John Adams (March 31, 2014) Pauline Veronica Boyle (Jan. 27, 2014) Lillian Margaret “Peggy” (MacDonald) Bryden (July 17, 2014) Purdy Crawford, CC (Aug. 8, 2014) Katherine Margaret Geraghty (March 26, 2014) Patricia DeMont (Feb. 4, 2014) Doris Pearl DeRoche (Jan. 22, 2014) Rose Ellen McKinnon (Nov. 27, 2013) Shirley Mihoff (Nov. 24, 2013) Wenawae Anne “Wah” Murphy (Feb. 24, 2014) James Darryl Pistone (Sept. 28, 2013) Christina “Erma” (Allen) Rankin (Nov. 30, 2013) Margaret Ross (Sept. 26, 2013) Mary Sue Waisman (June 24, 2014) Joan Alma Williams (April 7, 2014)
Patricia Rowe DeMont Patricia Rowe DeMont was a director of athletics and recreation at the Mount in the 1980s and 90s. DeMont passed away peacefully at Maritime Oddfellows home in Pictou, N.S. According to her obituary in the Chronicle Herald, DeMont was a passionate and strong-willed feminist, teacher, sportswoman and lifelong friend. After her career at the Mount, DeMont built a financial planning business with the goal of making sure that everyone she dealt with, particularly women, planned and saved for a comfortable retirement. She taught all who came into contact with her that there should be no barriers to doing whatever you wanted to do regardless of gender.
Louise Ardenne, BA ‘89 Louise Ardenne, BA ‘89, passed away at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Ardenne was a member of the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service based at Stadacona during the Second World War. She was active in local and provincial Home and School Associations and started a small library in Seabright, N.S. According to her obituary in The Chronicle Herald, she was a survivor of Eastern Equine Encephalitis and audited a course at the Mount to retrain her brain. Over many years, this step grew into her proudest accomplishment – a degree with highest prize aggregate and the president’s prize.
Honorary alumnae membership granted to Mount retirees
From left: Wendy Doyle, Rhonda Bursey, BBA ‘94 (representing the MSVAA),
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Nancy Cook, Frances Early, Felicia Eghan, Sue McGregor and Brent King.
Join us in congratulating Mount faculty and staff who retired this year. Together, they have an accumulated 370 years of service to the Mount. In recognition of their considerable contributions to the Mount community, students and alumnae, the Mount Saint Vincent Alumnae Association (MSVAA) Board of Directors is pleased to welcome them as new honorary members of the MSVAA. 1972-2014 42 Terry Paris, Library 1972-2013 41 Ross Lively, Maintenance – Facilities Management 1973-2014 41 Richard Embrett, Mailroom – Facilities Management 1974-2014 40 Wendy Doyle, Department of Business Administration and Tourism 1981-2014 33 Nancy Cook, Department of Chemistry and Physics 1981-2014 33 Frances Early, Department of History 1984-2014 30 Sue McGregor, Faculty of Education 1989–2014 25 Brenda Boudreau, Distance Learning and Continuing Education 1989-2014 25 Felicia Eghan, Department of Family Studies & Gerontology 1989-2014 25 Brent King, Department of Communication Studies 1989-2014 25 Linda Walsh, Custodial Services – Facilities Management 2004-2014 10 Mike Foley, Faculty of Education “I’ve already worn my Mount alumnae pin, symbolically linking me to more than 28,000 graduates so far in the school’s history. And I expect to wear it again and again,” said Brent King about becoming an honorary alumni.
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globe What brought me to Phuket was . . . My husband retired and we were looking for a warm, cost effective place to live near the beach. I love Thai people, Thai food, warm weather all year round and the idyllic surroundings that are daily inspiration for me as a writer.
It has been a cultural adjustment . . . manoeuvering through the unpredictability of the immigration processes and procedures. It seems to change every time we check in (required every three months) or apply for renewal each year. The language barrier can be frustrating but hopefully that will become easier as our language skills improve.
The scariest thing about living here is . . . the crazy drivers, both locals and tourists. It was also concerning when the protests began in Bangkok last November but it has continued to be peaceful and safe in Phuket. The locals were relieved when the military finally stepped in as the confrontations in Bangkok escalated. They believe the situation is being handled as best as can be expected. All indications are that steps are being taken to re-establish true democracy as soon as possible.
Going to the Mount helped prepare me because... it was an amazing foundation for my professional life and helped solidify my passion for communications and community outreach. The Mount prepares [alumnae] to be contributing members of society both in a professional and personal capacity no matter where you live. Recently
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I wrote a series of articles for Global Living Magazine called ‘Expats Giving Back.’ When I studied corporate social responsibility so many years ago in my PR courses I remember thinking that we all need to be good ‘global’ citizens – not just as corporations but as individuals. That foundational truism has stayed with me throughout the years.
The most memorable experience I’ve had in Phuket is . . . helping out at a reading program with children at a local school, many of whom were orphaned during the 2004 tsunami and live on campus.
The most rewarding thing about my work is . . . I can do it anytime, anywhere. I work on the internet remotely with clients all over the world. After 17 years working for PR agencies and in-house (in Toronto and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), we moved to Dubai and I went freelance. During our four years there I did mostly copy writing and PR consulting. When we moved to Thailand, a couple of my clients didn’t want to let me go so I continued working with them but remotely. I email almost daily and still have regular ‘meetings’ with them via Skype. Then a few years ago I started doing social media consulting as well. I am also an author, having published three books, including my first novel, Mental Pause (which won an Independent Publisher Award). I enjoy offering one-on-one coaching, workshops and writing retreats. I am currently shifting my focus to more author mentoring, book editing and partner publishing, which is also done completely online.
The advice I’d give to alumnae considering working abroad is . . . go with no pre-conceived notions, manage your expectations and do lots of research on the country before you even open your suitcase. Reach out to people who already live there. If you find it difficult to ‘go with the flow’ it might not be the best option for you. However, if you have an adventurous spirit, go for it!
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