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Helen (Weatherston) Gillis ('35)
is celebrating her
100th birthday on July 17. A former Hockey Mountie,
she taught home economics in Moncton schools for
many years and now lives in Woodstock, NB. Helen's
family has many Allisonians including daughters
Sue Hierlihy ('63)
,
Sally Caldwell ('70)
, and son
John Gillis ('65)
. Happy Birthday Helen!
A reproduction of one of
Nancy Stevens' ('56)
paintings FROSINONE was on exhibit at the Canada
Gardens in Frosinone during its official opening. The
Gardens were dedicated on June 1, 2014, the area
where Everett Simm was killed by a German sniper,
one of the last casualties of the Liri Valley campaign,
and where a monument has been erected in his
memory. See more about Nancy's project, The Liri
Valley Painting, honouring the memory of Canadian
soldiers at
enancystevens.ca
.
Brian Black ('69)
, right, writes, "
Dr. Charles
(Charlie) Ferguson ('53)
published the first paper
on child abuse in Canada in 1973. He has been the
director of the Child Protection Centre for nearly 25
years. He is a professor of pediatrics at the Univer-
sity of Manitoba and has been an outspoken advo-
cate for the children of Manitoba, affecting the lives
of thousands of children and their families. On Jan.
21, 2014 we celebrated Charlie's remarkable career,
recognizing his outstanding contributions to im-
proving the health and welfare of children not only
in Manitoba but throughout Canada and beyond."
Garrie Bea Joyce ('68)
is participating in visual
exhibitions in Ottawa. She is starting a new series
called The Zen Series.
David T. R. Parker ('70, '71)
has been granted
the Queen's Counsel designation in Nova Scotia. He
is a barrister and solicitor, notary public, and adjudi-
cator in small claims court in Truro.
Internationally recognized fabric artist
Laurie
Swim ('71)
was awarded the 2013 Portia White
Prize.
Gabrielle (Mehner) Becker ('76)
retired from
the federal government (Canadian Food Inspection
Agency) in April 2012. In March 2014, she moved
to Hawkesbury, ON and started a part-time job in
Vankleek Hill as a United Church secretary. She also
has a sewing business out of the home and says she
is busier now than when working full time!
Susan Mesheau ('77)
, mother of Mount A Foot-
ball Mountie
Jake DeWolfe ('15)
, has taken early
retirement as executive director of student recruit-
ment at UNB in Fredericton to assume the position
of vice-president, recruitment and student services
at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS.

The alumni office received a lovely hand-written
letter from
Darrell Collicott ('80)
this winter.
He writes, "I still consider MtA my primary influence
in my moral and intellectual education. I sang in
the Choral Society, loved the Fine Arts etc. I will
never forget."
Penny Taylor ('80)
writes, "Peter White and I
recently attended MtA's reunion at Mary Pratt's
exhibit at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg, ON.
The exhibit was extensive and thought provok-
ing. Fortunately, I was the lucky beneficiary of one
her prints."
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