Louise Cooke (’70) of Burlington, ON received the Charles Frederick Allison Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to Mount Allison. Before devoting her career to being a flight attendant, she obtained a Bachelor of Music. Cooke has fond memories of having been keenly involved with several music-related groups on campus, which she says “opened [her] mind and heart to all the opportunities and possibilities that lay ahead in life.” Although she did not forge a career in music, her education remained the backbone that sustained “a lifelong curiosity and eagerness for learning and helping others.” “To receive an award such as this is a humbling experience,” Cooke says. “There are many alumni who quietly support the life of the University in the background and I acknowledge and applaud them. I am truly honoured to join a legion of other Charles Frederick Allison Award recipients, and graciously accept the recognition of my peers. Life is about the people you meet along the way, and it is a great pleasure to contribute to a place that has given me so much through friendship and support.” Dr. Nancy Grant (’69) of Saint John, NB received the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing outstanding achievement by alumni in their community. Before her 35-year career as a radiation oncologist, Grant graduated from Mount Allison with an honours in biology. During her undergraduate degree, she was involved with a variety of clubs and societies from the biomedical society to symphonic band; a combination that Grant says helped to “round out her experience” at Mount Allison. Grant credits Mount Allison with preparing her for what would be the most important volunteer activity of her life: hospice program development in Saint John. The program would not have reached such success without Grant’s ability to work with the grassroots of the community, a skill she developed at Mount Allison. Having held a multitude of perspectives on Mount Allison including 12 years spent on the Board of Regents, Grant says, “the role of Mount Allison in developing leaders has not lessened; if anything, it has increased over the years — and that’s the thing — people from Mount Allison are leaders in everything they do, in all walks of life.” Kate Beaton (’05) of Toronto, ON received the Contemporary Achievement Award, recognizing her outstanding achievements early in her career. In 2011, her graphic novel, Hark! A Vagrant was on the New York Times bestseller list for five months and was named one of the top 10 books of the year by Time magazine. She has been published in The New Yorker, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Maclean’s, The Guardian, and Google, among others. Before pursuing her career as a cartoonist and illustrator, Kate received a degree in history at Mount Allison, without which, she maintains, she would have gone on to pursue a different career path. Opposite page – 2015 Alumni Award winners Dr. Nancy Grant (’69) and Louise Cooke (’70) at the Alumni Banquet This page – Contemporary Achievement Award recipient Kate Beaton (’05) “As a scholar and entertainer, [Mount Allison is where] I figured out what my voice was,” she says. 17