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36 / Fall 2012 / RECORD
R
uth Goldbloom, Class of '44,
could be described as a serial
volunteer. Much of her generously
given time was directed at fund raising
for causes as varied as the IWK Children's
Hospital, the United Way, universities,
and perhaps most notably, the Canadian
Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in
Halifax.
Ruth crisscrossed Canada stimulating
the first $9 million in donations to the
original restoration of Pier 21, then spear-
heading the $7-million Nation Builders
campaign to provide ongoing resources
to Pier 21 in perpetuity, maintaining its
place in the hearts of all Canadians.
A proud Allisonian, Ruth passed away
on Aug. 29. Although the outstanding
results of her volunteer contributions will
stand as a tremendous legacy, she will be
greatly missed.
The 2007
Imagine Canada Survey of
Giving, Volunteering and Participating
counts 12.5 million Canadian volunteers
-- 46 per cent of the population aged 15
and over. Canadians volunteered almost
2.1 billion hours in 2007 -- the equiva-
lent of close to 1.1 million full-time jobs.
Of these volunteers, 45 per cent reported
that their volunteer efforts were spent
organizing events, 44 per cent reported
volunteering in fund raising, and 33 per
cent sat on boards and committees.
Here at Mount Allison, the time and tal-
ent of alumni volunteers is spent in these
three activities and many others! You will
see a list of volunteers on page 16 of the
donor report that accompanies this issue
of the
Record.
The impact of volunteer work at Mount
Allison can be seen in everything from
strong governance to successful class
reunions, from the student-led Global
Brigades initiative to the success of the
JUMP Mount Allison Campaign.
Volunteer fund raising takes many forms.
It could be an alumnus or alumna who
opens the door for a gift from a corpo-
ration or foundation. Or, as is the case
with the Class of '68 (see their story
on page 27), volunteers work on class
projects. Going back as far as the Class of
'33, there are endowments from 25 class
projects with a capital value approaching
$2 million.
This impressive total aside, perhaps the
greatest value in the class project is the
way it brings a class together. Class proj-
ect volunteers are in touch with class-
mates they may not have heard from in
years. And working together, reunited in
a common goal, classmates are once again
drawn together in a shared experience.
Whatever the reason you volunteer for
Mount A -- the joy of the shared experi-
ence, the need to give back, the legacy of
endowments raised -- the value of your
contribution is immeasurable.
The Chronicle Herald newspaper editorial
on Aug. 30 '12 read:
"We're not sure it's possible to count
all the money Mrs. Goldbloom raised
for various causes throughout her
lifetime. It is possible, however, to
remain forever in her debt"
And so it is with Mount Allison, the
beneficiary of your volunteerism. We
could not be the leading university we are
without you.
Gloria Jollymore
Vice-president, university advancement
Mount Allison University