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hen he was in Grade 9, Pleasantville, NS resident
Alex Whynot cared more about basketball than he
did schoolwork. He spent his summers landscaping
for people in his neighbourhood. That year his father had a brain
tumour removed, altering Whynot's perspective on his future. He
then set his sights on a path to medical school.

"My focus shifted at that point to wanting to help
people," he says.

One of the neighbours he worked for was Mount
Allison alumnus Don Hopkins ('60). As Whynot
moved through high school, Hopkins began talk-
ing to him about Mount Allison.

"We would have lunch and he would tell me that
Mount Allison is where I needed to be and that
even though Mount Allison is a smaller school,
the opportunities would be amazing."

Hopkins took Whynot to visit Mount Allison,
where he was introduced to many members of the
Mount Allison community.
"It was such a personal entry point. I left feeling really happy. I didn't
even pursue any of the other universities I had been considering."

Now in his second year of the biochemistry honours program,
Whynot is involved in undergraduate research, is a residence
assistant at Campbell Hall, a Leadership Mentor, a Relay for Life
captain for Campbell Hall, a Shinerama volun-
teer, and a member of the Students' Administra-
tive Council (SAC).

He is also President of Health Care Outreach
a club he helped create. The program is a
support package developed through Leadership
Mount Allison that will be delivered to brain
tumour patients in order to mentally support
them and their families. The group is working
directly with a neurosurgeon in Halifax to make
the patient care initiative happen. It is expected
to be administered to 250 patients at the QEII
Hospital this year.
"I wouldn't want to be anywhere else and I give
Don full credit for helping me find my way to
Mount Allison."
Alumnus helps Nova Scotia student
find his way to Mount Allison
Don Hopkins ('60)
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Alex Whynot ('14)