The Bermuda Chapter has 172 active alumni and is celebrating a special anniversary in 2017. It is the 150th anniversary of the first Mount Allison graduate from Bermuda — James F. Cardy.
The Bermuda chapter has remained a close-knit one with Island Allisonians welcoming many visitors from the University over the years. Various Mountie sports teams have travelled to Bermuda annually for training and advice from Allisonians, including the men’s and women’s soccer teams, swimming, and men’s rugby.
The 2009 men’s soccer team trip to Bermuda celebrated 50 years of soccer at Mount Allison, honouring Dr. Clarence “Tessie” Terceira (’49) who, as a student, established soccer at Mount Allison.
Jack and Lisa Rhind, both graduates of the class of 1974, have stayed involved with their alma mater across the miles. The Rhinds have helped with both alumni events and recruiting; held student/parent events at their home; and received the Charles Frederick Allison Award and The Mount Allison University Federated Alumni Association Award in honour of their work.
This commitment is one demonstrated by many Bermudians, including the late Ralph Marshall (’50), Bermudian politician, architect, and civil engineer, and the late Bob Barritt (’50), former Bermuda Member of Parliament and senator. Marshall and Barritt established the Barritt-Marshall Award, an award for international students at Mount Allison, many years ago and remained involved with the University for more than 50 years. Barritt also donated several pieces of his artwork to Mount Allison, which are proudly displayed in the Owens Art Gallery and the Wallace McCain Student Centre on campus.
All alumni are invited to help celebrate our Bermuda connections with a special Mount Allison cruise to Bermuda June 4-11, 2017. See mta.ca/bermudacruise for details.
1. Bermuda alumni cocktail reception hosted by Jack ('74) and Lisa Rhind ('74) in 2010, in honour of the Honourable Robert V. Barritt ('50) and The Honourable Ralph Marshall ('50) during the women's soccer team's visit.
2. Bermuda luncheon, April 2015; from left to right: Pierre Arsenault, director of athletics and recreation; David Booth ('84); Rick Thompson ('67); and Jack Rhind ('74).
3. Christina Vroom ('96) of the Alumni Board presents the Mount Allison University Federated Alumni Association Recognition Award to Neil (Cornelia Ackman) Kempe ('62) for her contribution as a student, alumna, and parent, to Mount Allison, in 2011.