"The Rabbit Town Learners Program has a
waiting list of 111. The T.I. Murphy Centre has an extensive
waiting list. The St. John’s Learning Centre …
has a waiting list… Why are so many [high school students]
coming out of school with such a low rate of literacy and
numeracy skills? How serious is the problem?… I believe
that every single child has the right to come out of primary
school able to read the very best that he/she can, That reading
ability should not be measured by criterion referenced tests.
It should be the result of every teacher being able to ask
every child, ‘Do you read as well as you would like?’
If the answer is ‘no’ then let’s do more
reading not more testing."
— Ed Wade (BA’76, BA(ed.)’77,
M.Ed.’86) in his community column in the Telegram,
Three memorial graduates have joined the prestigious ranks
of Fellow of the Chartered Accountant entitling then to the
designation FCA. These include Pauline A. E. Downer B.Comm.’81
(Hons.), MBA ’98, Gerry C. Smith, B.Comm.’72 (Hons)
, Paula M. Sturge, B.Comm.’84 (Hons).
"[Premier Danny Williams] should put collective bargaining
back in his vocabulary or he’ll be back practicing law
— Cyril S. Shugarue Jr. (BA (Ed.)’70, BA
’78, M.Ed.’91) in a letter to the editor supporting
the union position on the need for the provincial government
to take pensions off the table in the upcoming round of
collective bargaining. The Telegram, Feb. 11
Former Memorial President Dr. Leslie Harris, BA’56(Hons.)
MA ’59, LLD ’99 will receive the Red Cross Humanitarian
of the Year Award on March 31.
"I plead with [Leo] Puddister [president of the Newfoundland
and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees]
and his fellow union leaders to remember it is the 50,530
members of the public service and their pensioners who have
the most at stake with unfounded retirement benefits totalling
$4.9 billion Surely this is reason for them to make a real
effort to work with government."
— John C. Crosbie (LLD’99), Chancellor
of Memorial University, recommending ways and means for
the province to cope with fiscal realities. Telegram
Forum, the Telegram, Feb 21
T. Alex Hickman (MUC '44) former chief justice of St. John's,
and Harold Boyd Thomas Strong (BA '71) of Old Perlican, Trinity
Bay were two of the 44 people to receive the Order of Canada
from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson on Feb. 20
I see Grenfell as playing a significant role in the Western
Region of the province, not just as an educational provider
but as an institution that sponsors research and development.
— Adrian Fowler, principal Sir Wilfred Grenfell
College, commenting on his vision of the evolving role of
SWGC. The Telegram, Feb 10/04.
Researched and compiled by Debbie Connors.