HALIFAX, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Community champion Ruth Goldbloom, OC,
ONS, poet and songwriter Rita Joe, PC, CM, and Daurene Lewis, CM,
accomplished politician, educator and artist, will soon be among the 17 Inspiring Women honoured in a permanent installation at Mount Saint Vincent University.
The Mount, founded for the continued education of women, will showcase
each of their stories as a source of inspiration in the new Margaret
Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research. The McCain
Centre will be the only building on a Canadian university campus
dedicated throughout to honouring women.
"The Sisters of Charity established the Mount 140 years ago to give
young women a place to learn and grow," says Dr. Ramona Lumpkin,
president of the Mount. "We're very proud to keep that tradition alive
today by celebrating women of all walks of life, including our
founders, and sharing their inspiring stories with our community."
The installation has been made possible by generous donors, each
choosing to recognize a woman who has inspired them. These donors
include Jack, Colin, and Mickey MacDonald who collaborated to pay
tribute to their mother, Belle MacDonald, and Elizabeth and Fred
Fountain who honoured their friend Janet MacMillan, Partner with
NATIONAL Public Relations.
"While the generosity of our supporters has been truly humbling, it has
been their common belief that these women should, and will, be
recognized that has propelled this project forward," says Dr. Lumpkin.
"We're thrilled to shine a well-deserved spotlight on these impressive
The Mount's 17 Inspiring Women include Susan Clark, a trailblazing academic leader; the Community of the Sisters of Charity, founders of the Mount in 1873; Myra A. Freeman, CM, ONS, dedicated educator and the first female Lt. Governor of Nova
Scotia; Dale Godsoe, CM, women's advocate and community volunteer; Ruth Goldbloom, OC, ONS, community leader, volunteer, and philanthropist; Martha Jodrey, OC, champion for children with learning disabilities; Rita Joe, PC, CM, Mi'Kmaw poet and songwriter; Aldéa Landry, CP, CM, businesswoman and former Deputy Premier of New Brunswick; Daurene Lewis, CM, the first black woman in Canada elected as Mayor; Belle MacDonald, devoted nurse and mother; Janet MacMillan, celebrated public relations professional; Joanne McCrea, dedicated community volunteer; the Honourable Nancy Ruth, CM, Senator, woman's advocate and philanthropist; Margaret Fawcett Norrie, the first woman Senator from Nova Scotia; Elizabeth Parr-Johnston, CM corporate leader and former president of the Mount; Rose Schwartz, businesswoman and Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame inductee; and Annette Verschuren, OC, an outstanding business leader.
About Mount Saint Vincent University
Recognized as a leader in flexible education, applied research, and a
personalized approach to education, Mount Saint Vincent University has
been nationally recognized among undergraduate universities in Canada
for our success in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
grants and for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios.
The Mount is committed to being a model of creative teaching and
research that nurtures socially responsible global citizens. For
additional information about the University, visit msvu.ca.
Dr. Susan Apostle-Clark
Sponsored by The Honourable Senator Nancy Ruth, CM.
Dr. Susan Apostle-Clark, a leading academic in Canada, is a former Dean
(Human & Professional Development) and sociology faculty member of
Mount Saint Vincent University. She was instrumental in hiring the
first incumbent of the Mount's Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies, and
for the establishment of the Institute for the Study of Women (now the
Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice).
Community of the Sisters of Charity
Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity - Halifax.
The Sisters of Charity will honour all members of the community through
one of the installations, showcasing the impact the Sisters have had in
social justice, education, health services, and the spiritual
community. True trailblazers for the advancement of women, all members
of the community have been an inspiration and impacted the lives of
many individuals around the world.
Dr. Martha Jodrey, OC
Sponsored by Bruce Jodrey.
As an educator and activist, it has been Dr. Martha Jodrey's personal
passion to ensure that all students from Primary to PhD have a level
playing field with an equal opportunity to advance their education and
skills. Dr. Jodrey envisioned a system of support including the
addition of the Mount's endowed Chair in Learning Disabilities to help
ensure that no student will be lost. Her dream is now a reality.
Dr. Aldéa Landry, CP, CM
Sponsored by The John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation.
Dr. Aldéa Landry, CP, CM, received the degree of Doctor of Humane
Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2004. Dr. Landry was the
first Acadian woman to be appointed to the Cabinet of the Province of
New Brunswick, and later served as Deputy Premier and President of the
Executive Council. Increasing the level of education in the Acadian
Peninsula has been one of her greatest passions.
Sponsored by Colin, Jack, and Mickey MacDonald.
Daughter of a lobster fisherman, she was born on a remote island off
Newfoundland. She passed Grade 12 by correspondence and became a
registered nurse. Upon immigrating to Canada in 1945, she took charge
of the Neonatal Unit at the Halifax Infirmary, restoring life and
health to thousands of premature infants, and at the same time raising
her seven children, teaching them her values of hard work, honesty, and
love of family.
Margaret Fawcett Norrie
Sponsored by The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, OC, ONB.
Margaret Rosamond Fawcett Norrie was born in Upper Sackville, New
Brunswick in 1905. Senator Norrie was appointed to the Senate of Canada
for Colchester-Cumberland, Nova Scotia on April 27, 1972 following
nomination by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. She was the first woman
appointed to the Senate in Nova Scotia and retired as Senator in 1980.
Sponsored by Elizabeth and Fred Fountain, CM.
Janet MacMillan is a member of the first graduating class of Mount Saint
Vincent University's Public Relations degree program ('81), and has
continued to serve the University as a volunteer leader, mentor, and
guest lecturer over the years, leading up to her recent position as
Chair of the University's Board of Governors. She is a partner of
NATIONAL Public Relations, a leading communications firm with deep
roots in the region and country.
Myra A. Freeman, CM, ONS
Sponsored by Margaret McCain, OC, ONB; Annette Verschuren, OC; and
Educator and former Lt. Governor of Nova Scotia Myra Freeman began her
lifelong commitment to community service in her hometown of Saint John,
New Brunswick. Sworn in as the first female Lt. Governor of Nova
Scotia, she continues to play an important role in countless charities,
boards and foundations, with a particular focus on youth-related
issues. She was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003, and
appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2008.
Dale Godsoe, CM
Sponsored by Margaret McCain, OC, ONB; John Risley, OC; and anonymous
Education, women's issues, arts and culture - these are but a few of the
areas where Dale Godsoe's tireless commitment to creating positive
change has been felt. From the Provincial Autism Centre to Symphony
Nova Scotia, her leadership at the board level is beyond compare. A
former Chair of the Mount's Board of Governors, she was awarded an
honorary degree in 1997, and became a Member of the Order of Canada in
Ruth Goldbloom, OC, ONS
Sponsored by Friends of Ruth Goldbloom.
Ruth Goldbloom's unparalleled contributions to Atlantic Canadian
communities will be felt for decades. Co-founding the Pier 21 Society
in 1990, she went on to raise $16 million to build a museum on the pier
that went on to earn a designation as a National Museum of Immigration
in 2009. A former Chair of the Mount's Board of Governors, she has been
awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees and held the position of
Officer of the Order of Canada.
Rita Joe, PC, CM
Sponsored by BMO.
The Poet Laureate of the Mi'kmaq people, Rita Joe told the stories of
Aboriginal Canadians throughout seven books published between 1978 and
1999. Bravely writing of her experience in residential schools, she
sought to inspire others to adopt new, more positive views of minority
groups. She was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1989, and was
awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Mount in 1998.
Daurene Lewis, CM
Sponsored by Dale Godsoe, CM, and anonymous donors.
A former Executive Director of the Mount's Centre for Women in Business,
Daurene Lewis was an accomplished politician, nurse, educator, and
textile artist. Elected in Annapolis Royal in 1984, she became the
first black female mayor in Canada before going on to lead several
higher education institutions in the Halifax region.
Sponsored by Ben McCrea.
Continuing a family legacy of community service and goodwill, Joanne
McCrea is a tireless volunteer and the backbone of her family. A quiet
advocate for many important causes in our community, her passion for
helping others has been, and will continue to be felt across the
The Honourable Nancy Ruth, CM
Sponsored by friends of Senator Nancy Ruth.
The Honourable Nancy Ruth, CM, has truly become synonymous with women's
advocacy in Canada. Founder of several organizations including the
Women's Legal Education and Action Fund and the Canadian Women's
Foundation, she is the inspiration behind the Nancy's Chair in Women's
Studies, established at the Mount in the mid-1980s.
Dr. Elizabeth Parr-Johnston, CM
Sponsored by Emera.
From being the sole woman at the corporate board table to paving the way
for countless women to pursue corporate governance roles, Dr.
Parr-Johnston's dynamic career has been an inspiration. President of
the Mount from 1991 to 1996, her impact continues to be felt on campus
today. She was awarded the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the Queen's Golden
Jubilee Medal, and is a Member of the Order of Canada.
Sponsored by Friends of Ruth Goldbloom.
Immigrated to Canada from Russia, Rose Schwartz settled in New
Waterford, Cape Breton where she ran a successful family business,
Schwartz Clothing. While contributing tirelessly to the well-being of
her community, she also raised six children including, of course, Ruth
Goldbloom. She was inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame
Annette Verschuren, OC
Sponsored by Purdy Crawford, OC; Elizabeth Parr-Johnston, CM; and John
Outstanding Canadian business leader and champion of corporate
responsibility, Annette Verschuren has led major Canadian and
international retailers. After co-founding Michaels by launching 17
stores in 26 months, she became the President of The Home Depot,
overseeing the company's growth from 19 stores in 1996 to 180 in 2011.
She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for her role as champion
for corporate social responsibility.
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