would just reach out and grab the gun. He shot and fired and the moment he shot and fired, I dove through the air, landing on the floor just beneath him. As my friend Craig Oliver from CTV said, I bumped up against a moment in history. That day was a blur to me. I went home that night and I had a hard time going to sleep. And I woke up around 5:30 in the morning and I was crying. It was the loneliest moment of my life. The morning came, who called, my mother. ‘Kevin Michael how are you doing?’ ‘I’m doing just great Mom.’ ‘Well dear I’m not too sure about Andrew and Laura and I think you should think about coming home.’ ‘Mom they’ll be fine.’ Next day, same phone call, same conversation. Friday morning, same phone call, same conversation. Saturday morning I said to myself, ‘Mom wants me home.’ So I jumped in the truck and drove from Ottawa to Miramichi...I said to myself as I was driving, ‘What is it with these men, the men that I’ve obtained confessions from and the gentleman, the individual that I met in the Hall of Honour.’ And I said to myself, thinking of my father, respecting the dignity of people, ‘I should pray for them.’ I arrived home at four o’clock in the morning in my log home on the Northwest Miramichi and I phoned our family priest, Father Creamer. It was as if he was waiting for the phone call. He was awake, four o’clock in the morning. I said, ‘Father, 11 o’clock this morning, could you come up and say mass at my log home?’ He said, ‘Kevin, I’ll be there.’ With my grandchildren in my arms, I said a prayer for Michael. After mass I went down to the river and I thought just how important mothers are. I was ok now and it was all thanks to Mom, having organized and got me back home because she knew it wasn’t they, my children, that needed me home, it was Kevin Michael who needed to be home. So I just want to stress to you the importance of mothers because Class, you’re going to have your Oct. 22 and always remember that your mother is there who loves you, who will protect you, and always stand with you. Kevin Vickers (LLD ’15) addresses the Class of 2015 Below is an excerpt from Canadian ambassador to Ireland and former sergeant-at-arms Dr. Kevin Vickers’s Convocation address that made headlines across the country on May 11, 2015. See the full speech on MtALive. ca or youtube.com/mountallison. I want to talk to you today about two things that I believe can help you as you move on in life. The first one is called instilling the value of dignity, respecting the dignity of man and the second one I want to talk to you about is the importance of mothers. When I was a young boy growing up in the Miramichi, I was fortunate that my father, Bill Vickers, had a relationship with the St. FX Coady Institute. Every spring in our home we’d have students from third-world countries around our supper table, where I learned first-hand about poverty and justice, and most importantly, respecting the dignity of people. My career as sergeant-at-arms went by very quickly and then on Oct. 22 came that day, that tragic, tragic day. And I found myself on one side of the pillar and a gunman on the other side of the pillar. His gun was right there. There was a moment where I thought I 36 / THE RECORD / Summer 2015