A Focus on Giving A new student award has been established at Mount Allison University that emphasizes extracurricular and community contributions. The Aubrey Cameron and Nancy MacBain Cameron Award was established by the late Donald (Don) Cameron, Mount Allison graduate (’50), University Registrar from 1959-1986, and honorary degree recipient (LLD ’89), and his wife, the late Margaret (Farquhar) Cameron, in honour of Don’s parents, Aubrey Cameron and Nancy MacBain Cameron. Don and Margaret Cameron’s son and Mount Allison graduate, Alex Cameron (’82), says the award demonstrates his parents’ commitment to Mount Allison. “Dad and Mum believed in the institution and loved the students.” He says the award is a tribute to his paternal grandparents, and reflects the importance that education held for them. “Neither of them had much formal education. They were very poor, living through a period of dramatic economic decline and transition in rural Pictou County, NS, in the 1920s and 1930s,” says Cameron. New student award established by alumnus, former University Registrar “The commitment to and importance of education was fundamental to Dad and Mum’s outlook,” says their daughter and Mount Allison alumnae, Maura Hunter (’79). “Mum studied at Dalhousie and Columbia Universities, and taught school in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and England. She valued education for education’s sake, pursuing an interest in art history and the history of the Middle East throughout her life. Dad taught school after graduating from Mount Allison, was a school principal, later served several terms on the School Board for the Sackville district, and continued as a member of the Mount Allison Board of Regents after he retired as Registrar of the University. Dad’s outlook was very practical, and he understood that opportunities for learning are found everywhere, not just in the formal classroom.” Students entering Mount Allison in September 2015 will be eligible for the first of the Aubrey Cameron and Nancy MacBain Cameron Awards. 1. Nancy (MacBain) and Aubrey Cameron, left, with two of their children, Donald and Jean, at their farm in Pictou County, NS 2. Don Cameron (’50, LLD ’89) and his wife Margaret in 2013 on the occasion of their 61st wedding anniversary “Yet, through personal sacrifice and hard work, they ensured that all six of their children, including Dad, attended university.” University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell says the new award will benefit many students at Mount Allison. “The Cameron family’s connection to Mount Allison is a long-standing one and their commitment to education and their communities is exceptional,” he says. “I would like to thank them for their forward thinking in this latest contribution to the University.” The Aubrey Cameron and Nancy MacBain Cameron Award seeks to assist entering students who do not necessarily have scholarship standing but who, during their high school years, made valuable contributions to extracurricular activities within their school and community. An existing student award, established in part by Don and Margaret Cameron at the time of his retirement as Registrar, the ‘Don Cameron and Class of 1950 Fund’ has assisted many Mount Allison students. The $700,000 bequest to fund the Aubrey Cameron and Nancy MacBain Cameron Award will support many more. “The Cameron family’s connection to Mount Allison is a long-standing one and their commitment to education and their communities is exceptional” — University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell 1 2 26 / THE RECORD / Summer 2015