March 28, 2013
/CNW/ - Community champion
, OC, ONS, poet and songwriter
Rita Joe, PC
, CM, and
, CM, accomplished politician, educator and artist, will soon be among the
17 Inspiring Women
honoured in a permanent installation at
Mount Saint Vincent University
The Mount, founded for the continued education of women, will showcase each of their stories as a source of inspiration in the new Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research. The McCain Centre will be the only building on a Canadian university campus dedicated throughout to honouring women.
"The Sisters of Charity established the Mount 140 years ago to give young women a place to learn and grow," says Dr.
, president of the Mount. "We're very proud to keep that tradition alive today by celebrating women of all walks of life, including our founders, and sharing their inspiring stories with our community."
The installation has been made possible by generous donors, each choosing to recognize a woman who has inspired them. These donors include Jack, Colin, and
who collaborated to pay tribute to their mother,
Elizabeth and Fred Fountain
who honoured their friend
, Partner with NATIONAL Public Relations.
"While the generosity of our supporters has been truly humbling, it has been their common belief that these women should, and will, be recognized that has propelled this project forward," says Dr. Lumpkin. "We're thrilled to shine a well-deserved spotlight on these impressive individuals."
17 Inspiring Women
, a trailblazing academic leader; the Community of the
Sisters of Charity
, founders of the Mount in 1873;
Myra A. Freeman
, CM, ONS, dedicated educator and the first female Lt. Governor of
, CM, women's advocate and community volunteer;
, OC, ONS, community leader, volunteer, and philanthropist;
, OC, champion for children with learning disabilities;
, PC, CM, Mi'Kmaw poet and songwriter;
, CP, CM, businesswoman and former Deputy Premier of
, CM, the first black woman in
elected as Mayor;
, devoted nurse and mother;
, celebrated public relations professional;
, dedicated community volunteer
; the Honourable Nancy Ruth
, CM, Senator, woman's advocate and philanthropist;
Margaret Fawcett Norrie
, the first woman Senator from
, CM corporate leader and former president of the Mount;
, businesswoman and Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame inductee; and
, OC, an outstanding business leader.
About Mount Saint Vincent University
Recognized as a leader in flexible education, applied research, and a personalized approach to education, Mount Saint Vincent University has been nationally recognized among undergraduate universities in Canada for our success in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grants and for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios. The Mount is committed to being a model of creative teaching and research that nurtures socially responsible global citizens. For additional information about the University, visit msvu.ca.