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Meighen Centre
co-ordinator wins
national honours
M
eighen Centre co-ordinator Jane Drover won two pres-
tigious national awards in June for her work in helping
students with learning disabilities. Drover, who retired
June 15, received the Canadian Association of College and Uni-
versity Student Services' (CACUSS) top recognition, the Award of
Honour, as well as the Canadian Association of Disability Service
Providers in Postsecondary Education (CADSPPE) Professional
Leadership Award, which recognizes a member who has shown
exceptional leadership or made an exceptional contribution that has
enhanced the quality of life for students with disabilities.
"They talk about people being a trailblazer. Jane worked for years
when there was no funding for this," says Anne Comfort ('87),
who took over the role of co-ordinator at the Centre upon Drover's
retirement. "She became an expert in how you serve students with
learning disabilities and in what they need to succeed. There are not
many people across Canada that have that expertise."
Mount Allison is the only university in Canada to have a space like
the Meighen Centre, devoted exclusively to students with learning
disabilities. The Centre serves about 85 students each year and
Comfort says Mount Allison has become known as a learning dis-
ability-friendly campus, due in no small part to Drover's efforts.
Exhibition marks 70th anniversary of Alex Colville's graduation
T
he Owens Art Gallery hosted a special exhibition this
summer in honour of one of Mount Allison's most well-
known alumni.
Alex Colville: Student Years showcased
works Colville completed as a student at Mount Allison and was
held in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of his graduation
in 1942.
The exhibition included several never-before-exhibited pieces; his
second, third, and fourth-year self-portraits; and brought together
paintings borrowed from the artist, drawings borrowed from the
National Gallery of Canada, photographs and material from the
Mount Allison University archives, and work from the Owens'
collection.
Exhibition curator Jane Tisdale paired artworks with archival
photographs to offer a unique glimpse into Colville's student
years. Sketches he made of the decorations for the junior prom
in 1941 were exhibited alongside a photograph of the prom, and
sketches of a man stooping to pick up a suitcase were paired with
photographs of the mural the sketch became part of.
"The story we have to tell about him as a student is what made
this exhibit so interesting," says Gemey Kelly, director of the
Owens Art Gallery. "It was a wonderful opportunity to view
never-before-seen works by the young artist during one of the
most formative periods of his career."
This never-before-exhibited self-portrait was painted by Alex Colville
when he was a second-year student at Mount Allison.