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Rediscover what’s important
Redécouvrez ce qui importe vraiment
Make a list of the things that are important to you. That’s the life you can live in New Brunswick.
Dressez la liste des choses que vous jugez importantes. C’est ce que vous pouvez vivre au Nouveau-Brunswick.
Make life happen.
Vivre comme il se doit.
Tapped into renewable energy — Philosophy
and environment grad Toby Couture (’06) is earning an international reputation in the field of renewable energy — all before age 30.
f e at u r e s
Mount Allison unveils new brand
University launches a new visual identity highlighting what we do best
Dave Constable (’70) has enjoyed a successful 40-year mining career, across Canada and internationally
4 Events and Gatherings 6 Campus Beat 8 Student Spotlight 10 Research & Creative Activity 27 JUMP Update 28 Bleacher Feature 30 In Memoriam 31 Class notes
An international path
A family aﬀair
The Stymiest family is working to improve the quality of life with Global Brigades
Debbie Johnston (’90) takes her work out of the courtroom and into the field in Latin America
2011 reunion class photos
Classes from across the decades returned to campus for 2011 Reunion celebrations
Mount Allison Record Summer 2011 No.97 — New Series The Record is published three times annually. Editor: Anthony (Tony) Frost Assistant Editor: Laura Dillman Ripley Design, Layout: Shane McDonald, Tin Design Contributing Writers: Laura Dillman Ripley Mona Estabrooks (’79) Tony Frost Melissa Lombard Peter Mansbridge David Rose (’90) Sue Seaborn Photography: Dan Brien Mona Estabrooks (’79) Nadine LeBlanc Maria Moore Patrick Losier (’13) Sue Seaborn Karen Stentaford Daniel St. Louis Address correspondence regarding editorial policy and subscriptions to: Mount Allison Record 65 York Street Sackville, NB E4L 1E4 Tel: (506) 364-2600 Fax: (506) 364-2262 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Contents Copyright 2011 by Mount Allison University and may not be reprinted without permission. Opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of Mount Allison University. Single Copy: $9.00 Subscription: $25 for three issues ISSN 1702-2525 Mailed under Canada Post Publication Mail Sales Agreement no. 40006414 Mailed by: Precision Direct Marketing Printed by: Solisco Printers Ltd. If you wish to make a donation to Mount Allison, please contact Susan Springer at (506) 364-2341 or by e-mail (email@example.com) Please forward change of address information to Joy Wilbur (firstname.lastname@example.org) (506) 364-2608. Cover: Sarah Visintini (‘11) of Oakville, ON is all smiles at Convocation (photo credit Daniel St. Louis).
in good company
here is a Turkish proverb that says “no road is long with good company,” and like the famous Fundy tide, these words of wisdom have washed over me time and time again. It has been especially noticeable over the past few months here at Mount Allison.
Looking back, it was on clear display during Convocation. You could see it in the faces of graduating students as they stood together, proud of their individual achievements, yet reveling in each other’s success. They smiled, laughed, and hugged not only because of the day’s celebration but because they truly enjoyed each other’s company. The same could be said of Reunion. The faces change, but the stories endure along with the friendships forged long ago. Memories of their shared experiences were stirred to life and once again bounced throughout the hallowed halls of Mount A, mixing with the stories of today to create even tighter bonds. The common denominator in all of this seems to be Mount Allison. It has always been a bit of a different place. Smaller, more personal, more humane, it has a well-deserved reputation for being a University where relationships are not just at the heart of things, but an active ingredient in what makes it distinct. And beyond my misty observations there is actual hard evidence of this relationship dynamic at work. Whether it was focus groups, surveys, or interviews, almost everybody we spoke to during the University’s branding project pointed to how relationships made their Mount Allison experience special. While they loved the campus, the Town, and the facilities they used, it was the people who they got to know, respect, and love that made a difference to them. Knowing this, it is no wonder that so many Allisonians strike out on the “road less travelled.” Because of who they are, what they have done, and the friends they have made, wherever they go they will always be in good company. Tony Frost Editor of the Mount Allison Record email@example.com
During Reunion Weekend Reid (’59) and Marilyn (’61) Harrison, centre, with their daughter Janet (’87), Mount Allison President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell, and Harrisons’ son David (’83), received the Charles Frederick Allison Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to Mount Allison by an alumnus/alumna.
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Mount Allison Alumni Board of directors
President: David Rose ’90 firstname.lastname@example.org 613-301-6442 Vice-President & Secretary: Sean M.Connors ’81 email@example.com 506-384-5570 Past President: Andrew Clark ’98 firstname.lastname@example.org 416-465-7078 Honorary President: Dawn (Reid) MacNutt ’57 email@example.com 902-752-3378 Directors: Anna Abbott ’04 firstname.lastname@example.org 647-330-6454 Shannon (Casey) Black ’00 email@example.com 902-429-4847 Layton Fisher ’57 firstname.lastname@example.org 506-939-2935 Janet Harrison ’87 email@example.com 902-462-7055 Harriet (Bruun) Leggett ’61 firstname.lastname@example.org 506-466-3786 Harriet (Campbell) Meacher ’60 email@example.com 902-566-3677 Jill (Hemeon) Rafuse ’73 firstname.lastname@example.org 902-492-4523 Charles Scott ’83 email@example.com 902-832-4477 Michael R.Taylor ’03 firstname.lastname@example.org 516-637-9037 Colin Tippett ’97 email@example.com 506-755-0679 Christina Vroom ’96 firstname.lastname@example.org 514-933-2935 Danny Williamson ’03 email@example.com 519-265-2541 Executive Director: Carolle de Ste-Croix ’90 firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 506-364-2348 Fax: 506-364-2262 http://alumni.mta.ca Nominations Call — Nominations are open for the Alumni Board. The Board works to promote and motivate the participation of alumni and friends of Mount Allison with the University, through effective communication, events, and special initiatives. Address nominations to: Carolle de Ste-Croix, Alumni Office 65 York St., Sackville, NB E4L 1E4 or email@example.com
Connecting across the decades
had dinner here in Ottawa recently with three good friends: Mount Allison alumni making their way to the West coast for the summer. It was great to catch up on the news and compare stories of our days on campus. You see, our friendship goes back almost a week. These were three graduates of the Class of 2011 whom I had the great fortune to meet during Reunion weekend. Each accomplished in their academic performance and shining examples of involvement and stewardship. It was an honour for me to be a part of their first journey from Mount Allison into the great world that awaits. In many ways, the Mount Allison experience is about relationships and mutual growth. Each of us benefitted not only from our academic education, but from the myriad of discussions and experiences we shared while at Mount Allison. Those of us who come back for Reunion benefit from new Allisonian experiences each time, both with new graduates and with others making a triumphant return. If you haven’t been yet, I would encourage you to do so: time with old friends is like drinking from the fountain of youth, if only for a weekend. This is an exciting time at Mount Allison and for our alumni. I am deeply honoured to assume the presidency of our association and am eager about continuing the fine work of my predecessor, Andrew Clark, whose efforts have given the alumni not only a stronger voice, but strong hands with which to support and advance our Alma Mater. I am also passionate about strengthening the bonds between alumni and current students. I want each student to feel our support as alumni, 40,000 strong. I am confident they will benefit from your wisdom and experience, and I am certain that we will benefit from theirs. After all, it’s the relationships that nurture growth.
David Rose (’90) Alumni President
Kyle Hill (’06), pictured right with Campbell, received the Contemporary Community Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an alumnus/alumna within 10 years of graduation from Mount Allison. Alex Fancy (’61), right, with Campbell received the Lifetime Community Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement within or contribution to a community outside of the Mount Allison community.
events & gatherings
For more photos from the events listed below, please visit Alumni Online: http://alumni.mta.ca
Mount Allison swim team’s trip to Bermuda
In February, the Mount Allison men’s and women’s swim teams visited Bermuda. They participated in training sessions and swim meets, visited schools, and attended functions planned in conjunction with their visit.
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Convocation celebrations at Mount Allison
Dr. Robert Campbell, Sheila Fraser, Douglas Coupland, Shelagh Rogers, Edward Burtynsky, Wendy Nielsen, and Chancellor Peter Mansbridge.
he Class of 2011 certainly did not let the rain get their spirits down as they celebrated Convocation this spring. Joining the approximately 430 students graduating were honorary degree recipients: noted Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky; esteemed author and artist Douglas Coupland; Canada’s Auditor General Sheila Fraser; new Brunswick soprano and opera star Wendy nielsen; and CBC personality and mental health and literacy advocate Shelagh Rogers. University Chancellor and CBC news Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge presided over Convocation with President and Vice-Chancellor Robert Campbell, delighting hundreds of graduates and their families as they received their degrees from one of Canada’s best known and most respected journalists. Moncton resident and honours chemistry graduate John Wright was selected by his peers to give the Valedictory address, while honorary degree recipients Shelagh Rogers and Douglas Coupland also addressed the Class of 2011.
Valedictorian John Wright addresses the Class of 2011.
Commerce student earns Frank H. sobey Award for excellence in Business studies
onours Commerce and economics student Samuel Imbeault is already making his mark in the business world. Imbeault has held a perfect GPA of nearly 4.3 throughout his years at Mount Allison and is a 2011 recipient of the Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies, valued at $10,000. A native new Brunswicker, Imbeault is working to ensure his education has international experience. He will use the Sobey Award to complete an internship and volunteer in Cape Town, South Africa and will then attend courses at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates before returning to Mount Allison to complete his final year of studies. In 2010 he earned the Export Development Canada International Business Scholarship and attended Korea University in Seoul, Korea throughout the summer months. Imbeault also studied in England — all on top of maintaining a full course load at Mount Allison.
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our award-winning students
everal Mount Allison students were honoured for their commitments and activities in the University and surrounding community during the annual MOSAIC and Grad Banquets, both held in March. Pictured (l-r) are: net Chamaplin, Barritt-Marshall Award winner; nicole Robichaud, Gold A Award recipient; Sacha nadeau, winner of the Frances S. Allison Award; Alanna Khattar, Gold A Award recipient; and Cindy Ochieng, Gold A Award recipient. In the front are: nathan Walker, Gold A Award recipient; and Sam Gregg-Wallace, Don norton Award winner. Missing from the photo is Graeme Bousada, winner of the Gil Latter Award.
he annual MOSAIC banquet celebrated some of Mount Allison’s outstanding students from around the globe. From left to right are: Xiaochen Fan of China, Class of ’33 Award winner; Ron Byrne, Vice-President, International and Student Affairs; Eric Ochaya of Uganda, Class of ’33 Award winner; and net Chamaplin of Thailand, Barritt-Marshall Award Winner.
robert Campbell named among top 50 Ceos for Atlantic Canada
n the same week that he welcomed hundreds of alumni back to campus for Reunion weekend, celebrated Convocation with the Class of 2011, including several distinguished Canadians, and unveiled the new University brand, Mount Allison President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell was honoured for his leadership vision and abilities. Campbell was named to Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO list for 2011 at a gala event in Halifax on May 18. Campbell says, “I am honoured to receive this distinction but the credit must go to the great team of which I am part. Mount Allison is lucky to have many top business and community leaders on its Board of Regents and within its campus community. I feel this award speaks to the success of our collaborative quest to be one of north America’s top undergraduate universities by continuing to offer an exceptional educational and extracurricular experience. That we are able to do this in a fiscally and environmentallyresponsible manner, shows a real team effort.” Two Mount Allison graduates were also named to the Top 50 CEO list for 2011 — Brian McMillan (’74), President of Holland College, and Malcolm Fraser (’92), President, CEO, and Founder of ISL. The Top 50 CEO issue is available on newsstands now and at www.abmonline.ca
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The county is home to roughly 1,000,000 people, only 18 doctors, and a high percentage of the population suffers from HIV/AIDS
by Laura Dillman Ripley
stablished by University Chancellor Peter Mansbridge and valued at $10,000, biochemistry student Monica Jepson has been awarded the first Mansbridge Internship at Mount Allison. A resident of Calgary, AB, Jepson will travel to Kenya for seven weeks this summer with Medics to Africa, an international organization with a hands-on program that focuses on both academics and cross-cultural awareness. Students from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and the sciences are selected to provide basic medical support in hospitals and communities across Africa. Jepson says, “I hope to pursue a career in medicine following my degree at Mount Allison and this experience will assist me greatly. I will be working at St. Joseph Mission Hospital in the Migori County region of Kenya. The county is home to roughly 1,000,000 people, only 18 doctors, and a high percentage of the population suffers from HIV/AIDS. I believe working in this environment will truly be a life-changing experience.” Mansbridge established the internship this year, a unique opportunity at Mount Allison for third-year students. Meant to provide students with an experience that builds on what they learn in the classroom, the program also allows the intern to develop attitudes, abilities, and skills essential to active participation in an increasingly globalized and interconnected society —
perspectives that are vital in today’s world. Jepson will work in a wide range of areas including pediatrics, radiology, surgery, maternity, ICU, EnT, and emergency. The hospital also has a special clinic for people with HIV/AIDS and their family members. This builds on her involvement with Mount Allison’s Global Brigades. Jepson travelled to Honduras during the University’s spring break the past two years, providing medical support in remote villages, and serving as the group’s treasurer this year. While in high school, Jepson was one of nine high school students who raised funds for a computer lab in a school located in Mombasa, Kenya. The group created a teaching curriculum to provide students and their teachers with the necessary technological skills. She will be able to visit the school for the first time during the Mansbridge Internship. Following her time in Africa, Jepson will return to complete her final year of studies and share her experiences. “I plan to create a photo journal that I can share with fellow students, faculty, and staff. I believe the content of this internship relates directly to my studies in biology and biochemistry, as well as other programs such as sociology and international relations. It is my hope that through sharing my experiences, I will be able to encourage others to get involved and broaden their global perspectives.”
Mount Allison’s unique diplomas created by hand
by Melissa Lombard
taking over duties from the Tribune Printing Company in Sackville, nB in the 80’s. Each of the names of Mount Allison’s graduates is set by hand and printed with an embossed method on the diplomas. It is a printing process that Holownia says makes for a fine finished product.
or a quarter of a century, Fine Arts department head and visual artist Thaddeus Holownia has been printing Mount Allison University’s diplomas using the letterpress process at the Anchorage Press in Jolicure, nB. The tradition of hand printing Mount Allison’s diplomas dates back to the early 1900s, with Holownia
“Letterpress printing is printing off of a physical letterform and the ink is impressed into the page with the letters,” he says. “In a time of mass production, Mount Allison graduates receive a diploma that is given individual attention. This uniquely personal piece is testament to the experience students have at Mount Allison.”
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Each spring Holownia spends considerable time casting all the names of the graduates before printing the diplomas for Convocation in May. This year, approximately 430 Mount Allison graduates each received a hand-made diploma. Two years ago the diplomas were redesigned to accommodate both the honours certificate and the degree. For research, Holownia visited the archives to look at old diplomas and certificates. “The Mount Allison diploma has a special presence on the wall,” he says. “Each one has a real connection to the history of degree granting at Mount Allison University.” Holownia began letterpress printing more than 30 years ago. His experiences as a communications and Fine Arts student in
Each diploma has a real connection to the history of degree granting at Mount Allison University
Windsor, On, along with his involvement with A Space, an artist-run gallery, and Coach House Press in Toronto, showed him the possibilities of small-scale printing and publishing, especially for his own work. He brought these ideas to Sackville in 1977 when he started teaching at Mount Allison and he began to collect the equipment of what now makes up the Anchorage Press.
In 1983 Holownia opened his first press in the basement of the University’s library with the help of the late Douglas Lochhead (Professor Emeritus Canadian Studies), who contributed a tabletop Albion hand press that he acquired while at Massey College in Toronto. In the fall of 1987 Holownia moved the press out of the library basement and into an addition on his home in Jolicure, officially becoming a private press.
“The reason to set up a press for me was to take control over publishing of my own work in relationship to quality control and scale,” says Holownia. “The press gives me complete independence and artistic control.”
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In HIS FIELD BEFORE THE AGE OF 30
by Melissa Lombard
TOBY ’06 COUTURE
IS COnSIDERED An EXPERT
oby Couture’s life can be explained as being in the right place at the right time — with one great opportunity leading into the next. After graduating from high school he took a year and travelled to eastern Peru to live in the rain forest and teach English. Upon his return he made the decision to attend Mount Allison.
“It was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” he says. A philosophy and environment graduate, Couture pursued a number of environmental initiatives at Mount Allison. Along with local school presentations through the Environmental Society, he was also awarded two grants through Leadership Mount Allison for a Sackville Windmill Project, which saw a wind turbine installed on the roof of Marshview Middle School. This project marked Couture’s first significant foray into the world of renewable energy. “Mount Allison definitely helped shape my thinking on the importance of renewable energy and how it really is a question of when, not whether, we move in that direction,” says Couture. “The Sackville Windmill Project was the first initiative where I really put that thinking into practice.” After graduating from Mount Allison he travelled to Greece to teach for the summer. After three months he decided he wanted to be closer to home. He applied for a job as an Energy and Climate Researcher with the Conservation Council of new Brunswick (CCnB) in his hometown of Fredericton, nB. After interviewing from Athens, he flew home 10 days later to take the job. Through his work at CCnB he met Yves Gagnon, considered a leading authority on wind power in Canada and professor at l’Université de Moncton (UdeM). He was offered the opportunity to undertake a two-year Master’s in Energy and Environmental Policy, which he completed in one year. During this time Couture received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study in the U.S. With the scholarship only covering a portion of tuition, he had to figure out a creative way to utilize it. “It is important to never let a good opportunity go to waste and I really had to think about this one and do a little bit of lateral thinking to find a solution,” he says. He contacted the national Renewable Energy Lab (nREL) in Colorado asking if they would host a Fulbright Scholar. They agreed — to his knowledge this is the first time this has ever happened.
In Couture’s work at UdeM he researched how to develop wind power on a community basis. Building upon a concept he encountered while at Mount Allison, and researched further while at the Conservation Council, he delved into what has since become the most widely used policy around the world to encourage renewable energy — feed-in tariffs. The policy offers a fixed price, or tariff, to citizens, farmers, business owners, and investors for feeding electricity generated from renewable energy sources into the grid. “The basic idea is that it enables anyone who wants to invest in renewable energy to know what price they are going to get, and for how long. The key to moving forward on a sustainable energy future is to make renewable energy profitable by providing a price that is sufficient for citizens and businesses to make a return on their investment.” It was this research that would provide the framework for his work at nREL. The report he produced from this research is now used by policymakers worldwide in designing feed-in tariff policies. Before the end of his year-long contract, Couture received a call that altered the course of his life again. His mother was very ill. “I remember very lucidly my mother calling in early April telling me she didn’t know how long she had to live. I left Colorado a week later.” When the situation stabilized with his mother, he took on an 18-month contract with the nREL working from Fredericton and officially opened his own consulting company, E3 Analytics, to formalize his work with the Lab.
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Couture’s job in Colorado had begun on the day the financial crisis unfolded. During his time in the U.S. he followed the crisis closely. In the fall of 2010, with the generous support of the Baxter & Alma Ricard Foundation, Couture headed to the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to pursue another Master’s — this time in Financial Regulation. “The financial crisis was historic and there is so much to learn from this. I think the single factor that made me want to go to the LSE was to better understand it — what happened, why it happened, and what are we doing to fix it. That has been dominating my thoughts since.” Couture was advised by some to take a PhD instead of another Master’s, but he says he believes in having a depth and breadth of expertise.
“There is value to cognitive diversity — being able to deal with many different concepts and notions, particularly in policy,” he says. “The leap to studying the global financial crisis is a big one, but I think it is a really valuable one.” Considered an expert in renewable energy before the age of 30, he remains humble about his accomplishments and the opportunities that have come his way. “If you put passion into the small things and make sure everything you do is done well, everything else falls into place,” he says. Couture continues to consult in renewable energy through his own company and says that is the area he plans to pursue after finishing his dissertation in the fall. But for the first time in a long time, he is not exactly sure what is next.
If you put passion into the small things and make sure everything you do is done well, everything else falls into place
lumni know Mount Allison has a reputation for being one of Canada’s top universities. Over the past few years Mount Allison has been on a roll in terms of attracting students, improving retention rates, and raising funds for the Jump Campaign. But as we all know, resting on one’s laurels is never a good thing. To reinforce its position in a sector that grows more competitive each year and support its ambition to be recognized as one of north America’s best, the University has been pressed to think and act in new and innovative ways. Given the current demographic decline in Atlantic Canada, it has become ever more important to create awareness with new audiences and communicate that which makes Mount Allison unique in a powerful, intentional, and consistent way. Since last summer the University has been engaged in a branding project where students, faculty, staff, alumni, thought leaders, prospective students, and university students from across Canada and the northeastern U.S. have participated in focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and online surveys. The purpose was to help discover and define what makes Mount Allison different from its peers and competitors. The project involved firms with plenty of experience in the higher education sector: The Strategic Counsel,
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well-known for their work on The Globe and Mail’s annual University Report Card, and Trajectory, a brand strategy group that has done work with a number of universities.
businesses, and government. Early in the branding process the look, voice, feel, and messaging of University communications were reviewed and a number of inconsistencies and even conflicts were revealed. While audiences have different needs the quality, relevance, and value of the Mount Allison experience must be conveyed to all in a consistent manner that strengthens identity and reinforces competitive advantages. One of the branding project’s key goals was to help the University influence how it is perceived. Using the right messaging, choosing the right communication channels, and consistently using the new visual identity, will help ensure that those who would thrive at Mount Allison know of the University and have a “brand” preference for it. This preference comes inpart from the reality of today’s marketplace, where universties are bigger and more impersonal than ever. Unlike others, Mount Allison offers an intimate, supportive, tight-knit, 24/7 community where one can get lost in their thoughts, not in the shuffle. For those who know Mount Allison, this will not be anything new and that is the way it should be. Branding is a management tool, not a magic bullet. It is meant to give shape to what is real in an organization. What the University now has is a clear, compelling, and consistent way to tell its story.
Mount Allison is quite simply one of Canada’s leading education brands
Je anette hanna, vice-President of Br and str ategy at tr a Jectory
Researchers discovered that Mount Allison’s distinctive qualities made it unique in Canada and positioned it within a small group of similar top-tier universities in the U.S. Unfortunately it was also ascertained that while Mount Allison’s story was admired, compelling, and relevant, too few people knew or understood it — the study found that outside the Atlantic Region, Mount Allison’s profile was far lower than expected or desired. The importance of building the University’s reputation extends to all its audiences: students, faculty, alumni, supporters,
defInIng A new cAtegory
What makes this University different and meaningful? Based on our research, Mount Allison is well positioned to take leadership of an important and underrepresented academic category in this country: We describe it as “Canada’s Immersive Learning Community.”
Independent-minded students looking to develop their real potential Academic rigour in an intimate, human-scale environment for immersive, whole-person learning
Canada’s Immersive Learning Community Relationship-Fuelled Higher Learning
What is it? Our positioning describes the territory that we want to claim for Mount Allison in people’s perceptions. In other words, it is the reputation “space” we want to own. Remember, this is entre nous. It is not a tagline for external audiences. We want to ensure the Mount Allison experience is authentic, not “canned.” Our positioning acts like our internal GPS system to ensure our communications are not all over the map.
Immersive Learning Community for independent-minded leaders
What is it? Like any promise, it is a simple way of stating the value that people can expect from their Mount Allison experience. We never make promises lightly. Ours has to be enduring, relevant, and distinctively different.
OUR BRAnD PROMISE:
GLOBAL BRIGADES MOUNT ALLISON
Bev (‘78), Laura (‘11), Kate (‘14) and Debbie (’79) Stymiest at the 2011 Global Brigade in Honduras
SHARES THEIR ExPERIENCE WITH
THE STyMIEST FAMILy
A family affair
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by Melissa Lombard
fter her first year at Mount Allison, Laura Stymiest (’11) knew she wanted to pursue medicine on an international level. So she began looking for tangible experience in the field. Together with Gillian Gibson (’10) and Mayme Lefurgey (’10), Stymiest created the Mount Allison chapter of Global Brigades — an international network that provides communities in developing nations with sustainable health care solutions. “Global Brigades has been an amazing opportunity to get some very hands-on experience and make a difference in addressing disparity in healthcare,” Stymiest says. “It was also important for me to expose students to a different country and get them thinking critically about international development work while fostering a global perspective.” now, three years later, it has become a family affair. Stymiest’s mother Debbie (’79), father Bev (’78), and sister Kate (’14) all went on this year’s Brigade — the largest to date with more than 80 students, health professionals, and volunteers. As a dentist, Debbie has joined Laura all three years. This year marked Kate and Bev’s first Brigade. “Each year my mother and sister returned home from Honduras with endless stories — some happy, some sad, and some extremely touching,” says Kate. “Community service has always been important to me and I knew Global Brigades was an organization that would provide me with an opportunity to give back.” Mount Allison’s Brigade has grown by more than 30 people since its inception in 2008. The group went from providing medical and dental care to adding water and public health teams, who have worked with five families over the past three years. The Brigade has also incorporated an electronic patient database and now performs vitally important pap smears and prostate exams. Each year the group provides healthcare to more than 1,500 people over four days.
GLOBAL BRIGADES HAS BEEN AN AMAzING OPPORTUNITy TO GET SOME VERy HANDSON ExPERIENCE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN ADDRESSING DISPARITy IN HEALTHCARE
— L aur a stymiest
Debbie believes the growth of the Brigade has been exceptional. “Our medical and dental care has transitioned from addressing immediate needs at a primary level, to preventative and restorative care. This year I was able to provide fillings, improving the smiles of many people in the village.” Bev, a sales manager for a software quality assurance company in Fredericton, says it was a fantastic opportunity to share the experience with his family. “We have traveled extensively in the past, but to spend our time in Honduras working to improve the health of the community members of La Ceiba was entirely new and rewarding.” Kate plans to continue volunteering with Global Brigades in her remaining three years at Mount Allison, with a focus on the preventative measures of public health. Debbie and Bev will not be far behind. This fall Laura will head to Dalhousie University Medical School (new Brunswick), but her commitment to Global Brigades will continue. She will remain as a national co-ordinator and on the Board of Directors, working to establish Global Brigades in Canada and to achieve non-profit status.
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Dave Constable (’70) enjoys mining success in the field and the boardroom
by Laura Dillman Ripley
ith a career spanning four decades, Dave Constable has enjoyed many successes in the mining business. now ‘semi-retired,’ he has worked with international mining giants and launched a few of his own as a financial and industry consultant for numerous junior companies. And it all began at Mount Allison. “I was the first person in my family to attend university. My way to Mount Allison was happenstance, but obviously worked out for the best. The experiences I had there, meeting people of different backgrounds, not only in the classroom but also in residence, played a big role in my education. These interactions, and those with my professors, are something I consider to be truly unique to the Mount Allison experience and an important step in my career path.” Constable started out working in the field as a mapping geologist in Bathurst, nB, where he met and married his wife, Dorothy. He then moved to the private sector. “I worked with noranda Mining throughout the 70s, in the Fredericton, nB, Saskatoon, SK, and Sudbury, On areas. Each of our three children was born in a different city, so we like to say we have the entire country represented in our family with a Maritimer, a Westerner, and a Central Canadian.”
Constable and Leonie Soltay (mining analyst) underground at Podolsky Mine, Sudbury
TAKING A JUNIOR
gold mining company, establishing their north American listing on the Toronto and Montreal Exchanges and resulting in a $4.5-billon takeover in 2002. He then joined junior miner, FnX Mining, picking up five former sites in Sudbury. Starting the company from scratch, Constable helped to create a unique and successful culture, hiring many young geologists and seeing FnX become the best performing stock on the Toronto Stock Exchange from 2000-10. In 2010 FnX merged with Quadra Mining to form Quadra FnX, an international, multi-billion dollar company with mines in Canada, Chile, and the U.S. He also served on the Board of Aquiline Resources for eight years as it grew from a $10-million market capitalization to a $660-million sale to Pan American Silver in 2009. Constable recently retired from Quadra FnX, but has continued his industry involvement as a member of five company boards, including the chairmanship of two, representing exploration and development activities around the world.
MINING COMPANy AND BUILDING IT
INTO AN ORGANIzATION WITH A GREAT AMOUNT OF VALUE REALLy ExCITES ME
Gold, base metals, and uranium being his specialties, Constable continued an extensive fieldwork schedule — a love he credits to Mount Allison. But, as his family grew, Constable’s career also made a transition, as he moved to the business side of mining. “You can only live in a tent doing fieldwork expeditions for so long. In 1981, I left noranda and began my own geological consulting group, providing services to smaller mining companies. This transition from the technical to the financial really helped me discover my ‘ true love.’ Taking a junior company and building it into a large organization with a great amount of value really excites me.” Constable continued on this track, obtaining his MBA and an Institute of Corporate Directors designation from the Institute of Canadian Directors. In 1996 he joined normandy Mining Ltd., Australia’s largest
I KNOW I AM BUT ONE SMALL DROP IN THE VERy LARGE OCEAN OF THIS PROCESS, BUT yOU NEED DROPS, OTHERWISE IT JUST DRIES UP
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Debbie Johnston (’90) has spent her professional life pursuing international law experiences
by Melissa Lombard
ebbie Johnston graduated from Mount Allison with a focus on pursuing anything international. She accepted a year-long Rotary International Scholarship to go to Hong Kong. While she was there she had an experience that would set the course for her life. Johnston volunteered in a Vietnamese refugee camp one and a half days a week, teaching English and organizing children’s activities. It was this glimpse into the refugee experience that piqued her interest in justice and the law. “In the end, refugee law wasn’t my career path, but I think the idea of using the law for justice purposes has remained throughout my career,” says Johnston. After returning from Hong Kong she immediately entered McGill’s four-year, bi-jural law program, where she studied both civil and common law and obtained two law degrees. She then worked as a prosecutor and counsel for the Department of Justice Canada for 12 years, while also obtaining a Master’s of Law in international human rights law and criminal law at the University of Ottawa. In 2004 she led training sessions in Chile, an opportunity that came about because of her ability to speak Spanish and her experience as a courtroom litigator. She helped develop a training program that was run out of the Justice Studies Center of the
Americas — a think tank that trains prosecutors, judges, and defense lawyers all across Latin America. She did this for five years with a colleague and also conducted training at a conference in Venezuela and at a university in Colombia. When it comes to the law, Johnston says she is an idealist. Over the past two years she has shifted her focus on criminal law to professionalism and ethics in prosecution.
justice system, so that prosecutors have objective guidelines to assist them in making decisions that have a significant impact on people’s lives,” she says. Because of her international experience, Johnston was chosen to participate in a training program in Mexico over the past year. Most Latin American countries are in the process of rolling out a new criminal justice system to replace the inquisitorial model of justice with oral trial-based models like those in Canada and the U.S. She has already led two weeks of training as part of the Harmonization of Criminal Legislation and Strengthening of Prosecutions in Mexico Project. The overarching objective is to promote professionalism, accountability, and transparency, reduce corruption, enhance the rights of those accused, and uphold the rule of law. “It is an enormous challenge to conduct such a sweeping and profound systemic overhaul in all of these countries,” says Johnston. “It is going to take years and years to complete.” Johnston says her career choices and international justice focus have led her to do what she is really passionate about and she hopes to continue this training either through her work or on a volunteer basis. “I know I am but one small drop in the very large ocean of this process, but you need drops, otherwise it just dries up.”
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Today she is Senior Counsel at the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and is responsible for coordinating a major revision of the prosecutorial guidelines for federal prosecutors — a 65-chapter publication that contains publicly available rules and guidelines for federal prosecutors. “One of the main purposes of this publication is to help ensure transparency, accountability, and fairness in the criminal
Reunion 2011 Class Photos
Photos and captions are also online: http://alumni.mta.ca (Class pages)
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Landon Braverman (’11) Drama and Music
TAKE A SEAT IN BRUNTON
Drama and Music graduate Landon Braverman (’11) has been entertaining audiences in Mount Allison’s Brunton Auditorium for the past five years. He is now moving on to the Graduate Musical TheatreWriting Program at NYU’s prestigiousTisch School of the Arts. He is just one of many Mount Allison students who have starred on Brunton’s stage and gone on to amazing artistic endeavours. Mount Allison is poised to breathe new life into Brunton Auditorium by replacing the aging seats and enhancing the audience experience.You can help support the performances of students like Landon by considering a gift towards the Brunton Auditorium Seat Restoration Project. • Allgiftsarewelcomeandmaybepledgedoverafive-yearperiod. • All donors will be invited to attend the Gala Performance on September 9, 2011 at Brunton Auditorium to celebrate the restored venue. •Donors of $500 or more will have the opportunity to dedicate a seat with a permanent plaque with their name,or in tribute to someonespecial. • Donors of $5,000 or more will be recognized as major benefactors with their name inscribed on a DonorWall to be displayed publicly within the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music. Donors in this category will have an opportunity to dedicate multiple seats.
with Athletics and Recreation Director Pierre Arsenault
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We are bold enough to build that culture of success through both inclusion and excellence for all
by Sue Seaborn
ith just over 700 days of work and one finalized strategic plan under his belt, Athletics and Recreation Director Pierre Arsenault sat down to give us some insights into his time at Mount Allison. WHY WERE THE MOUnTIES SO SUCCESSFUL THIS YEAR? Whether it was academic performance improvements, volleyball/ badminton championship titles, football semi-final, hockey playoffs, or our many conference and national award winners — victories have come from continuing to establish a culture of success. The foundation for this year’s success has been building for some time now. We spend time talking with our teams about bringing permanence to this culture of success. We want to pay attention to the details of being a successful program, and emphasize that success is not a ‘some-of-the-time’ thing. CAn YOU PLAn FOR SUCCESS? I would argue that it is the only way to achieve sustained success. We solidified a Strategic Planning process that connected all our activities, identified priorities, and explained how we will be successful in serving these priorities. The ‘three pillars’ of the plan are: leadership in wellness/active living, excellence in campus recreation/club sports, and excellence in varsity sports. WILL THERE BE A FOCUS On PARTICIPATIOn OR VARSITY SPORTS? Managing the balance between inclusion and broad-based participation versus excellence and investment at the elite sports level is always challenging. But because of our size and our relative
The Arsenault family collects the championship trophy from courtside, after the women’s Volleyball Mounties clinched the conference title this year in Truro, NS. Missing from the photo is Pierre’s wife, Karen Arsenault (’96).
strength as a University, I believe that we have the opportunity to succeed at this balance better than most. We will continue to emphasize broad access through our intramurals, club, and fitness programs. And by being efficient with our resources and strategic in our approach, we can make a genuine commitment to having continuing success at the varsity level too. WHAT HAVE BEEn YOUR BIGGEST CHALLEnGES? Besides wanting to accomplish everything, immediately, we are challenged by the need for more resources. We have now developed the funding strategy to help us reach our goals, and even though we are a small university, I am optimistic we can get there. We have to remain successful at using our resources effectively, and for athletes, we have to ensure that recruits are a good “fit” for our school and program. HOW CAn OUR ALUMnI HELP? I have been really encouraged with the willingness and interest of our alumni to talk to us. More resources are needed, and alumni can help, but more importantly we want our alumni to engage in what is happening. We want to properly represent the great Mount Allison brand and are working to ensure that alumni are inspired by our programs and compelled to stay connected. After all, Mount Allison has proven itself to be the best undergraduate university in Canada and we are energized by our belief that Athletics and Recreation can and should demonstrate this same excellence.
The following list is compiled from information sent to University Advancement from Dec. 21 ’10 to May 19 ’11. Please feel welcome to submit memories of departed Allisonians you have known and loved, and we will be happy to print short versions in the Record and longer versions online (http://alumni.mta.ca).
daughters, Mindy (Oulton) McCarville (’99), Kerry (Oulton) Hollett (’02), and Brittany. Lynda had an amazing life, and her passing has left her family, professional colleagues, and community deeply saddened. Doug Adamson (’72) Submitted by his sister Sally Lockhart Doug died suddenly on Aug. 5 ’10 as a result of a boating incident while on vacation. Doug received a BA from Mount Allison and a BEd from Queen’s University and he remained close with alumni from both these institutions throughout his life. He moved to Calgary in the late 70s and built a very successful insurance agency. Doug was an avid tennis player and golfer. He is survived by his wife Carol, daughter Ashley, two sisters, and his 93-yearold mother, along with many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. He will be greatly missed. Joanne Elizabeth (MacDonald) Venner (’64) Submitted by her daughter Megan Venner (’97) The first in her family to attend university, Mum was an enthusiastic supporter of Mount Allison. She began the alumni association in Saskatchewan and her clear love of the school sent both her daughters, Ellen VennerHiltz (’90, ’92) and Megan Venner (’97). She returned to the Maritimes in ’94 where she and her husband began their own business, Venner and Associates. She embraced life and faced its inevitable challenges with courage, dignity, and the support of her incredible network of friends. She was surrounded with love in her final days and will be missed. Elizabeth (Saint) Heimbecker (’42) Submitted by her son Michael Heimbecker Elizabeth, beloved mother of Michael (Sue), Rodney, and Wendy (George), and grandmother of Tim, Julie, and Jude passed away on Sept. 9 ’08. Mom was born in Hearts Content, NL. She worked in various parts of Eastern Canada and the U.S., before moving West to Olds College near Calgary where she met Donald. They were married in ’58 and raised their family there. Mom faced many challenges, including Alzheimer’s, the loss of her beloved Don in ’04, and the debilitating stroke 18 months before her death. Nonetheless, through them all she came to a place of peace and blessing and is missed by many. James E. (Jim) Teskey (’99), TMP Submitted by his wife Holly Paulin (’99) Jim passed away on Feb. 18 ’11, after a courageous battle with cancer. Although he was diagnosed over six years ago, his death was sudden and unexpected. After completing his BFA, Jim achieved the Tamarind Master Printer designation in Lithography at the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico. Jim was passionate about lithography, music, and the outdoors. He was generous, sincere, easygoing and kind, and was loved and respected by many. He will be greatly missed, especially by his wife Holly (’99) and seven-month-old son, Angus. Jane (Brown) Cummings ’60 Submitted by her husband Alex Cummings (’60) Jane passed away Mar. 14 ’11 in Fredericton after a courageous battle with cancer. She married Alex Cummings in the old Mount Allison Chapel in ’63. They have three children — Cathy, Brian, and Heather. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with family and friends at their cottage. One of her goals after diagnosis was to be able to attend her 50th Reunion last May. Thankfully she was able to do that and thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship and impressive ceremony of that gathering. Jim Keith, Chancellor Emeritus (LLD ’10) Submitted by Brian Johnston (’77) and Lynn Loewen (’82) Jim Keith passed away on Feb. 23 ’11. Jim chaired Mount Allison’s Board of Regents and served as Chancellor. He spent 20 years on the Board in various capacities. Although not a Mount Allison graduate, over the years Jim and his wife Betty spent much time on campus and made many great contributions. Jim exuded commitment and interest. His straightforward manner was both kind and compassionate. Perhaps he was that way with Mount Allison because he was giving back to a place that he so much loved. He routinely sought to enjoy faculty, staff, and students in direct and honest conversations. In addition to Mount Allison, Jim was engaged in many things; family, community, and church all benefitted from his boundless energy, wisdom, and heart. We loved him and we knew he loved Mount Allison. Jim is missed and we are grateful for our time with him. Wallace McCain (’52, LLD ’74) Prominent Canadian businessman, philanthropist, and Mount Allison graduate Wallace McCain, of Toronto, passed away on May 13’ 11 following a courageous battle with cancer. Throughout his life he provided continued leadership and support to his Alma Mater, serving as founding chair of the University’s National Advisory Council and on several fund raising campaigns. Mount Allison’s Student Centre bears his name. Wallace is survived by his wife Margaret (Norrie) McCain (’54, LLD ’95, Chancellor Emeritus), whom he met at Mount Allison, children Scott, Michael, Martha, and Eleanor, all of whom attended Mount Allison, along with several grandchildren and extended family members.
Faye (Claener) Medjuck 1926 Donalda A. Jardine 1930 Audrey (Taylor) Miles 1933 George Chambers 1937 Regina (Little) Clarke 1938 Anthony “Tony” G. Mills 1938 Emily A. (Hill) MacLellan 1940 Bruce J. McKendrick 1940 Evelyn (Huntley) Nielsen 1941 Gretchen G. (Jones) Ayer 1943 Shirley E. (Callbeck) Dye 1943 Aurelio ‘Fred’ Sirianni 1943 Edward S. Hart 1944 Mary E. (Keddie) Jarratt 1944 James R. VanWart 1945 Donald R. Burns 1946 Robert H. Clawson 1946 Ronald N. Estabrooks 1947 Donald J. MacLean 1949 Stanley Sheppard 1950 Ruth L. (Adam) Stoddard 1951 Janet (Scott) Caldwell 1952 Ninian W. Lockerby 1952 Wallace F. McCain 1952 Peter W. Roach 1952 Elton Adams 1953 Nancy (Stephenson) Benn 1953 Hawley T. Dimock 1953 Paul L. Smith 1956 Margaret A. (Jones) Fetterly 1957 Ronald Matchett 1957 Reginald J. Miller 1957 Jean (Akerley) Gray 1958 Marion (Martin) Julien 1958 Arthur Blois Matheson 1958 John R. H. Patterson 1958 Albert H. Baldeo 1960 Jane (Brown) Cummings 1960 Joan F. (Hickman) Benner 1961 Albert J. Hoddinott 1962 Beverly (Flemming) Phinney 1962 Frank W. Fullerton 1963 C. William “Bill” McCormick 1963 Joanne (MacDonald) Venner 1964 James A. Payne 1966 Harold D. Lathrop 1967 Douglas J. Aikman 1968 Thomas W. Hopkins 1970 Frank I. Annala 1971 Lynda (Graves) Oulton 1971 Deborah Ann Duston 1975 Robert E. Lee 1978 Laurie A. Walker 1984 Sidney W. Snow 1997 James E. (Jim) Teskey 1999 Eric L. Estabrooks 2001 Dorothy L. Davidson Honorary Degree James (Jim) Keith Honorary Degree Douglas G. Lochhead Former Faculty Cindy L. Eccleston Former Staff Gordon O’Neal Former Staff Pamela A. (Walcott) St. Hill Friend Marinus vanNieuwenhuizen Friend Lynda (Graves) Oulton (’71) Submitted by her husband Mike Oulton (’73) Lynda worked as a community nutritionist on PEI and was recognized continually for her contributions to various organizations and her strong family values. Lynda is survived by her husband Mike (’73) and three
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Marian (Hansen) Perkins (’48) was one of four volunteer executive members of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saint John to receive the 2010 New Brunswick Human Rights Award. They were honoured at a ceremony, hosted by NB Lieutenant Governor Graydon Nicholas (LLD ’10). Dave Nickerson (’48) writes, “Missing class mate: Keith VanVliet and I roomed together for three years. We lost contact for many years, but in ’88 I located his son and found he was living someplace in southern BC. I was never able to contact him. What a guy!”
drowning was much greater. Of about 3,000 Acadians put aboard vessels at Port-la-Joye (Charlottetown), half died en route to France. The French edition is published by Les Éditions au Carré of Montreal. A number of Mount Allison alumni were at the CA/FCA Convocation in Halifax in January. From left to right are: Joan Bent (’61), Katherine Bent (’92), Eric Bent (’60), Leslie Bent (’88), Diane (MacConnell) Cameron (’87), Dave Dipersio (’88), Don Bent (’91), and Susan McIsaac (’88).
Margaret McCain (’54) was recently awarded the 2010 Egerton Ryerson Award for dedication to public education. Rev. Alvin Hingley (’64), known widely as “Reverend Al” of Humboldt, SK is the 2011 Citizen of the Year for Humboldt and area. Hingley, a retired United Church Minister, served as a spiritual leader in many Saskatchewan communities before settling in Humboldt with wife Marion in ’90. Jane (Waddell) Dunker (’67) writes, “After a 22-year career with Sears and then a 15-year career with Investors Group, I decided to retire in May ’11. My husband Cameron and I have been building our ‘dream’ cottage/retirement home on Georgian Bay near Honey Harbour for the last five years. This will now become our main residence and we’ll enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the area full time. We will continue to rent in Mississauga, ON to keep in contact with ‘the big city’ — Toronto and friends.
Senator Catherine S. Callbeck (’60) was inducted into the PEI Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame on Jun. 2’11. The PEI Business Hall of Fame celebrates PEI’s top current and past business leaders who have a record of outstanding entrepreneurial achievements and have made an outstanding contribution to the success of their organization or profession. Callbeck was also honoured as an Equal Voice Trailblazer at the EV National Recognition Reception in Ottawa this year. The trailblazers recognized have contributed to transforming the political landscape for women and long histories of successful political engagement. A book by Earle Lockerby (’62), Deportation of the Prince Edward Island Acadians, was published by Nimbus in ’08. A French translation of the book, Déportation des Acadiens de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, was released last December. The removal of the Island’s French population to France in 1758 has been largely overshadowed by the well-known deportation of the Acadians of NS to the American colonies three years earlier. While the number of residents deported from the Island was about half the number expelled from NS, the incidence of death due to disease, malnutrition, and
Sweet little Sackville on the marsh.
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Murray Baillie (’69) has given 75 blood donations to Canadian Blood Services. He got his start at Mount Allison in ’66. Ian Bourne (’69) was recently named a 2011 Fellow by the Institute of Corporate Directors. Ian is currently chairman, Ballard Power Systems.
Martha Johnson (’73) writes, “We are starting to think of our 40th reunion and I hope you are too. It’s not that far off. Please send me your e-mail address so that we can update our contact list (firstname.lastname@example.org).” Donna Trafford (’73) had been working as the principal of ISSC in Shenzhen, China, an international K-12 school serving over 20 different nationalities since ’06. Several Allisonians joined her staff since ’07. She writes, “We were pleasantly surprised that this many Mount Allison grads, spanning the grad years ’73 to ’08 converged on these school grounds in one school year (’09-’10). We shared a special bond, as Mount Allison graduates working and living abroad, and we made many wonderful memories together — memories that will be with us forever.” Pictured (l-r) are Jessica L. Chapman (’08), Joey Creelman (’01), Ross Henderson (’75), Donna Trafford (’73), Marie MacPhee (’04), and Erin Malloy (’08). Missing from the picture are Brad Locke (’07) and Pamela Carlin (’03). Tom Clair (’73), senior research scientist at Environment Canada and Cathy Baker (faculty, mathematics and computer science) spent Jan. - Mar. ’11 on research leave at the University of Q ueensland in Brisbane, AU. In “The Great Court” at UQthey discovered the Mount A crest on a pillar amongst the crests of other Commonwealth universities. Despite being evacuated from their hotel, Tom and Cathy survived the great Brisbane flood of ’11 and came away extremely impressed with the resiliency and community spirit of this city that was back on its feet within days of the waters receding.
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Since retiring in ’07, after 30 years from the public school system, Korona Reardon Brophy (’76)has been hired by MUN to teach a music education course. This is her fourth year teaching this course and she truly loves the challenges. Her children, Anna, 29, Laura, 27, and Peter, 26, are all well established in the work force and her husband, Bill, is a retired teacher and now house painter. Would love to hear from classmates! William Briggs (’78) writes, “On Aug. 7’ 10, after more than 17 years together and after having delivered four children into the world, my long-time partner Jackie Bourque and I got married under sunny skies in Odell Park in the heart of Fredericton. It was a rather casual affair with about 50ish guests. We are serious foodies and we catered our own affair. And we gave all comers a gift of a custom-made pottery drinking vessel that was hand made by my talented wife. It all went off wonderfully well and we are now closing in on the 18th year.” Rick MacLean (’79), a journalism instructor at Holland College in PEI, wrote a chapter in The New Journalist: Roles, Skills and Critical Thinking, published by Emond Montgomery Publications. The chapter — Reporting Basics: Accuracy, Precision and Balance — is a look at the pressures facing the modern media and the struggle reporters face in trying to cover the news in this new environment.
Phillip Fine (’80) and Ruth Esther Jones were married Jan. 18 ’11 in Ozona, FL. They are now residing in Toronto. Anne Pratt (’80) has left the Government of Canada for a new position as Communications Manager with the University of Alberta’s Health Sciences Council. The Council supports and promotes interdisciplinary health education and research for improved health outcomes. “It’s very challenging work, and very interesting. I truly believe that the work of this council can deliver enormous benefits for health and health care practice across Canada and around the world.” Rev. Canon Michael Oulton (’81) was recently elected as the 12th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ontario. Two generations of Allisonians collided recently at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa when Anne (Bannerman) Blades (’82) and Graham Parker (’09) found themselves working in the same office. Anne holds the position of Senior Procurement Advisor in the Community Management Office at NDHQand has worked for DND for 30 years. Graham has just begun his career in government procurement after originally being hired as a summer student in ’10.
Joanne (Coleman) Campagna (’83) is currently working at Everest College in Newmarket as Director of Education. Joanne lives in Barrie, ON with husband Mike and two boys CJ (15) and Zachary (13). Hello Mount Allison and the Maritimes!
Darcie Dow (’91) and family welcomed the addition of Q Wanxia Dow Painchaud on uinn Oct. 30 ’10. She was born in China on Dec.12 ’09. Nancy Schofield (’91) was one of five artists featured in AMALGAME 5 artistes on exhibit at Moncton’s Galerie 12 this spring. Dr. Patrick Lo (‘92) got invited to perform the traditional Chinese “Praying Mantis Kung Fu” at the Kung Fu Corner, Kowloon Park (Hong Kong) on Feb. 6 ’11. Chinese New Year is the time when people bring back the different ancient and interesting traditions into their celebrations. Amongst which, incorporating into the New Year’s celebration is the art of “Kung Fu.” Practitioners of many other styles also took part in the Kung Fu demonstrations on that day. Play-in sessions were provided to the visitors on the disciplines of various martial arts, along with their history and developments, thus providing the spectators and tourists a true cultural experience.
we have had a special relationship with the people of Mount Allison University. We have welcomed prospective students and parents; celebrated graduations; hosted reunions; and accommodated alumni, visiting lecturers, honorees, and board members. We are a pre-Confederation Victorian home with 18 rooms and a fine dining room. We are a proud supporter of Mount Allison.
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Martha MacDonald (’82) was awarded the 2010 President’s Award for Exceptional Community Services at Memorial University. Martha is the associate director of the Labrador Institute of MUN in Goose Bay and was instrumental in the opening of the new O’Brien Arts Centre there in ’09. She is a third-generation Allisonian and her daughter Lucy Niles is currently attending Mount Allison.
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Chris Hayes (’94) continues to enjoy life in Q uispamsis, NB, where he serves as an Anglican priest in that area. He and his wife Christine (Hopkins) (’95), along with their four kids, two cats, dog, hamster, and many fish keep very busy with all kinds of activities in the home, community, and the church. Their oldest daughter, Laura, has already chosen Mount Allison as her university of choice — and she’s only 13! Bethany (Ferguson) Duivesteyn (’96) married David Duivesteyn at Vineland Estates, in Vineland, ON on Feb. 11 ’11. Nichola (Fogden) Cunha (’99) writes, “My husband Mark and I are pleased to announce the arrival of our first kids — TWINS! Brandon and Alyssa arrived four weeks early on Apr. 22 ’10. Motherhood could not be better.”
Janel (Baird) Caldwell (’00) and her husband Steve would like to announce the birth of their second son, Isaac Stephen Caldwell, on Jan. 14 ’11, joining big brother Sam. Proud grandparents are Jim (’76) and Barb Baird (’76) and Isaac is also welcomed by uncles Geoff Baird (’02) and Brock Baird (’04). David Bradford (’01), Kari Bradford (’00), and proud big sister, Leah, welcomed their second baby Alyssa Lynn Bradford on Feb. 20 ’10. Peter Loewen (’02) is director of analytics for Vote Compass Canada featured on CBC News. Over 1.5 million Canadians used the online tool during the spring federal election. He is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Toronto and has done research for both Liberal and Conservative candidates. David Madden (’04) and Liza Cormier have had their first child, Cameron Isaac Madden, born March 26 ’11. Liza and David married in Jun. ’08 and have started their family in Calgary. Doug Drover (’05) and Vickie Lamb Drover (’05) are proud to announce the arrival of their
second child, son Samuel Clement Drover, on Dec. 5 ’10. He weighed 9lbs2oz and has his mother’s red hair. Big sister Grace was excited to meet him. Eryn Creamer (’07) graduated with her master’s in physiotherapy at Uof T in 2010. She was awarded the Herta Leyess Scholarship and the Mary N. Sauriol Business Prize during the fall Convocation ceremonies. Eryn is working with Advanced Health and Physiotherapy in Moncton. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Elizabeth Adlam (’07) has been successful as a practicing artist, being featured in several publications and holding exhibitions. You can view her work at www.elizabethadlam.com Chris (Hoppy) Hopkins (’08) was named head coach of Kennebecasis Valley High School football team. He will continue as assistant coach of the UNBSJ Seawolves in addition to his new responsibilities. Chris spent five years as the Mounties’ offensive centre and now gets to pass on all the great training he got at Mount Allison.
Lisa-Jo Van Den Scott (Van Den Hoonaard) (’00) has been awarded the 2011 Herbert Blumer Award by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI), a section of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
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Mike Currie (’09) is enjoying life on Parliament Hill, working for Charlottetown MP Sean Casey. He was part of a group of Allisonians who got together over the holidays in Halifax. In the back row (l-r) are: Mike Currie, Katie Eddy (’09), Darryl MacKenzie (’10), Janelle Duguay (’10), Emma Lavoie (’09), Kirk Godin (’08), Jordan Turner (’09), Sonali Kallianpur (’10), and Scott Lee (’09). In the front (l to r): Carisa McMurtrie (’09), Pat (Cheeseburger) Barry (’09), Kavish Chandra (’09), and Laura Horsman (’10).
Two recent Fine Arts graduates had their work selected for a special exhibition at Studio 21 Art Gallery in Halifax, NS. Olivia Cusack (’11) and Emily LeMesurier (’11) joined a select group of graduating art students from across Canada in the exhibition stART, held this spring.
will be the oldest participant to ever compete in the race. I will join them in New York in June 2012 for the final leg of the race, New York to Halifax to Derry, Ireland to Northern Europe, and then to the finish line in the UK.” Former music professor Patricia Grant Lewis Elliott recently completed her musical recording entitled, An Afternoon Musicale. This new CD features Patricia on piano and was recorded in her home in ’10. It was recently launched at Sackville’s Fog Forest Gallery.
Jim Cole, Mount Allison comptroller from ’63’73 writes, “I am now retired and my wife and I live in San Francisco and maintain a summer home in Mahone Bay. About a year ago I became involved with the Clipper Round the World Ocean Yacht Race. I’ve sailed for over 35 years, but ocean sailing is very different from the sailing I’ve done in the past. I spent three weeks at a UK training facility getting accustomed to the yachts and loved every minute of it. There will be 10 yachts competing in the race from 10 different countries. When I sail on the Canadian entry, I
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eing a Chancellor gives one a unique view on Convocation Day. no one else has one quite like ours. Every student, at the penultimate moment, is right there in front of you. As one said to me this year, “I have worked all these years just to reach these few seconds.” For me it’s an honour to share those seconds, and to see just how differently they affect each and every person as they receive their degree. Some are truly giddy and do crazy things, spinning around, laughing, shouting out to their family, and one year I even had a few students pull out their cameras from under their gowns, and holding the shutter themselves, snap the moment for history! For others it’s a time of true
tension, they are literally shaking as they take my hand in congratulations. And finally there are those who are overcome with emotion — in, or about to be in, tears. This year one young woman looked at me and said, “It’s taken me nine years to get to this moment.” nine years. I could only imagine the various issues that must have delayed the day that long. She was almost crying, and in that instant so was I, just at the thought of what she might have been through. I’m often asked whether it’s tiring to spend hours shaking hands, and talking with the hundreds of students who walk the stage to get their degrees. This is why the Chancellor’s view is so unique because I
respond, “Are you kidding? Those moments are ones of pure joy, I would not trade them for anything.” And I wouldn’t. This year, as the ceremony came to an end, I reminded the graduates that as they left our Hall for the last time they would be in the footsteps of so many former Allisonians who have helped make our world a better place, in part through the knowledge and companionship gained in our community. As I looked out on this year’s faces, I was confident the class of 2011 will not disappoint those who walked here before them. Peter Mansbridge University Chancellor
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Projet : Annonce MMI 2011 Client : Meloche Monnex No de dossier : F-MM8437-10 MMI.EN•mta(8.125x9.375)
Province : New Brunswick Publication : Mount Allison University Format : 8.125x9.375 Couleur : couleur
Épreuve # : 2 Date de tombée : 07/01/2011 Graphiste : Yannick Decosse
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