MANTRA — Mount A Alumni Network of Teachers for Recruitment & Admissions

Who we are

MANTRA is a volunteer program for alumni who have connections in the secondary education systems across the country. Volunteers help promote Mount A in their communities and former/current schools by sharing information about recruitment and admissions events, important dates and deadlines, and by referring possible future Mounties to the Recruitment & Admissions team. This can look like attending online events, meeting with a parent & student for coffee, and helping the Recruitment & Admissions team connect with the best and brightest in their community.

How can you help?

  • Help direct any interested students to to create an application account if they are ready to apply, or request information if they are seeking more information
  • Want more detailed information to share with a student? Here's our 2021 Viewbook:  
  • Link to our online admissions & scholarship application form:  
  • You can refer a Grade 12 student to Mount Allison via our  Alumni Referral campaign — fill out the form and any Grade 12 student who accepts their offer of admission will be eligible for the $1,500 Alumni Referral Award
  • Did you know Mount Allison has more than 45 different programs? Check them out:   

Do you know a student who would thrive in our dynamic learning environment? We have a new Alumni Referral Award valued  at $1,500; any student that you refer who accepts an offer of admission will be entered to win this award.

Interested in getting involved? E-mail Alumni Communications & Volunteers Officer Mareika Dow at  

Meet our MANTRA volunteers

Meg PrydeMEG PRYDE ('74), Florenceville-Bristol, NB  

Meg Pryde ('74) is a Francis S Allison Award Winner and Golden A recipient. Meg completed her Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies before continuing on to a BEd at Queen's University. She had a 36-year teaching career working in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and even New Zealand and Australia.

Meg served on the Mount A Alumni Board from 2014-2020, was involved in the Mount A mentorship program 2017-2018, and the MANTRA program for the past 3 years. Reach out to Meg to chat about gardening, your favourite book, and the benefits of a Mount Allison education!

Barbie SmithBARBIE SMITH ('75, '76), St. Andrews, NB   

Barbie Smith ('75, '76) is a second-generation Allisonian with a BA in history and a BEd. Barbie was elected class president in 1975 — the first woman to hold that office — has organized eight class reunions, and led fund raising for her class gift to the Meighen Centre.

Barbie was also a member of Mount Allison's Alumni board for 12 years, including two as chair. Barbie loves to share how the friendly, fun, and nurturing academic climate at Mount Allison helped a shy small-town girl flourish. Mount A has become her second home and she has befriended Allisonians from all generations and walks of life. It is for these reasons that she enjoys mentoring students - reach out to her to talk about a teaching career and life in beautiful Sackville!

Norval McConnellNORVAL MCCONNELL ('80), Moncton, NB   

Norval McConnell ('80) started volunteering for Mount Allison in the late 1980's to raise money for the men's basketball team he played on as a student, and he's never stopped. For the past several years Norval has helped organize the annual MtA Homecoming Golf Classic, raising over $100,000 for Mount Allison Athletics. He, Kevin Estabrooks ('83), and Steve Chapman ('82, '83) are co-chairing Game On , a $125,000 campaign to support the men's basketball team. They reached $82,000 but have put their efforts on hold until COVID is resolved. His effort is now even more special because his daughter Sara is a 2020 grad!

Norval majored in chemistry and went on to a 32-year career in teaching and school administration, and has remained active in the Moncton basketball community. He helped establish and administer minor basketball programs in Moncton, and involvement with both men's and women's high school Hoop Classics and regional tournaments for many years. Most recently, he has worked with the Moncton Miracles (now Moncton Magic) of the National Basketball League of Canada and was Chair of the 2018 CCAA Women's Basketball Nationals hosted by Mount Allison. Reach out to Norval to learn about the endless opportunities Mount Allison offers!

Beth MacMichaelBETH MACMICHAEL ('78), Debert, NS  

Beth MacMichael ('78) has had a 31-year teaching career, retiring last June. She spent the last 23 of these years at Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro and was the International Baccalaureate coordinator there since 2014. Working with young people has been her passion and she is eager to find ways to stay engaged with this work in retirement. Beth has served on the Mount Allison Alumni Board and has attended most of her Mount A reunions. She loves that those who attend reunions feel connected to one another, regardless of whether or not they knew each other well while attending. A number of her family members are also Allisonians and some are staff members; Beth believes that Mount Allison and Sackville make a great combination and has been cheerfully recommending Mount Allison to her high school students for many years.

Beth's other activities include reading, sewing, hiking, biking, skiing, and the outdoors in general. Her interests are food security and all things geographic. Travel is high on her priority list, both far afield and locally. A year without two trips to Newfoundland is a disappointment! She is eager for her grandson to be old enough to make that trip with Gramma and Grampa.

Heather RossHEATHER ROSS ('84), Campbellton, NB  

Heather Prichard Ross ('84), a retired elementary school principal, graduated from Mount Allison University in '84 with a BMUS and BEd. Heather spent her 30-year career teaching in various capacities.  K-5 Music was the one constant throughout her career with time spent in high school music, elementary guidance, K-5 classroom, resource, and the last fifteen years as a school principal. Heather received a Master's in Administrative Education from Saint Francis Xavier University in 2009.

Heather's leisure time has been spent singing and accompanying choirs, playing clarinet in the High School Band, working on various church committees both at the local and conference levels, president of the parent committee and Effective Speaking Coordinator for 349 Squadron Air Cadets, along with many hours on the ski slopes and camping with her family. Heather and her husband Sterling are proud parents of their twenty-year-old twins, Jonathan and Lauren.  

John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS ('85, '86), Virgil, ON    

John graduated from Mount Allison with a BA ('85) and a BEd ('86). While at Mount Allison John was a five-year starter on the Mounties Football team during their great run in the early-mid 80's. John was also very active on campus as a regular employee of the Tantramarsh Club; lifeguarding at the pool; and participating fully in intramural and residence life. Since graduating from Mount A John worked for the Halton District School Board as a teacher (history, physical education, co-op, and as a head of guidance) and as an administrator in multiple roles over the past 30 years. His teams have won Ontario Championships in Football and competed in provincial championships in basketball and volleyball as well. John recently retired as the principal of Oakville Trafalgar High School, and then completed two years working at international schools in both Malaysia and Switzerland.

John is an active member of the 5th Quarter Club assisting with hosting recruiting events in the GTA.  John has also maintained close ties with the Admissions & Recruitment Office in his role as a high school administrator with promoting Mount Allison in the schools where he has worked. He currently lives in Niagara on the Lake with his partner Laura (Mason) ('84) and has two grown daughters (Jamie - UVic Marine Biology, and Jennie - Queen's Commerce). Reach out to John to chat about life at Mount Allison!

Barb CameronBARB (TITUS) CAMERON ('70, '71), Bedford, NS   

Barb Cameron ('70) came to Mount Allison as a third-generation Allisonian from Halifax. After receiving her BSc in mathematics, followed by a BEd ('71), Barb taught math at the high school level, followed by 15 years teaching education courses at MSVU after retirement. Barb and her husband Colin ('70) have travelled extensively in the last 20 years! Barb is always happy to talk about Mount A and studying math!