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hree Allisonians were recognized during
Reunion Weekend for their accomplishments
and contributions to Mount Allison and their
own communities. Read on to learn about
the amazing careers and achievements of this
dynamic trio.
Dr. Peter Loewen ('02) of Toronto, ON received the Contem-
porary Achievement Award recognizing outstanding achieve-
ment by an alumnus or alumna within 15 years of graduation.
Loewen received his doctorate from Université de Montréal in
2008 and in 2010 became a professor at University of Toronto.
He has also had his work published in a number of prominent
academic journals in the areas of political science, general sci-
ence, and economics.
Recently, Loewen helped bring Vote Compass to Canada (see
story in Winter 2013
Record). Vote Compass is a successful new
application designed to help voters compare their personal beliefs
with various party platforms and has been used in a number of
elections globally. Loewen serves as the program's director of
analytics. In his free time, Loewen has undertaken two massive
motorcycle road trips, riding from Cairo to Cape Town in 2008
and from Toronto to the bottom of South America in 2011.
Loewen's companion on both trips was his friend and fellow
Mount Allison alumnus Sam Miller ('99).
Dr. Donald Cook ('57) of St. John's, NL received the Lifetime
Achievement Award recognizing outstanding achievement by
alumni in their community. Cook has had an established career
in music and musical education. He received a doctorate from the
University of London, has prepared scores for several stage shows,
and even became a children's television celebrity as host of CBC's
Music ... and Things Like That!
Cook has been very involved with expanding the availability of
music education in Canada. He was instrumental in establishing a
music curriculum for all Newfoundland schools, and was respon-
sible for designing and teaching Memorial University's first credit
courses in music. In 1975, Cook was named the head of Memorial
University's new department of music. In 1992 he was appointed
to the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music and oversaw the
merger of what would become Conservatory Canada. He was
named as the first principal of Conservatory Canada and held the
position until his retirement in 2000.
Layton Fisher ('57) of Sackville, NB received the Charles
Frederick Allison Award, recognizing outstanding contributions
to Mount Allison. Fisher graduated from Mount Allison in 1957
and has since actively stayed involved with the University.
Fisher never misses an opportunity to meet with fellow alumni
and promote the University. While living in Calgary, he was part
of a group of alumni who helped create an entrance scholarship
for Alberta students looking to study at Mount Allison.
Fisher eventually returned to Sackville and began looking for
new ways to contribute to the University. He helped develop
and fund a new position at Mount Allison, which, each year,
gives one deserving student the opportunity to work in the
University's alumni office as the Layton Fisher Intern in
Philanthropy. The Layton Fisher intern helps students under-
stand the role they serve once they leave Mount Allison and
to leave with a sense of civic responsibility. Thus far, four
Mount Allison students have held the position.
by Colin McCormick ('11)
(l-r): Sean Connors ('81), president of the alumni board, 2014 award winners Donald Cook ('57), Peter Loewen ('02), Layton Fisher ('57),
with Mount Allison President and Vice-Chancellor Robert Campbell. The awards were presented at the alumni banquet during Reunion.