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May 20, 2004
 Alumni Notes & Quotes


Alumni Notes & Quotes

Memorial had two graduates in the Globe and Mail’s Top 40 under 40. Isabella Pain (BA ’91), Inuit Affairs Officer with Voisey’s Bay Nickel Co. in Nain, played a key role with the Labrador Inuit Association’s land claims negotiation team that brokered a resolution in the negotiations that began in 1977. Dr. Proton Rahman (B.Med.Sc.’88, MD’90), associate professor of medicine at Memorial, has an outstanding record of involvement in medicine and science. In addition to his university appointment, Dr. Rahman is a consultant rheumatologist for the Health Care Corp. of St. John’s, and chief scientific officer for Newfound Genomics.

“According to a sign outside a ‘Newfoundland’ nightclub (in Toronto), ‘you are 3,200 kilometres from home’ but you might just as easily be on another planet.”

—Pam Frampton (BA (Hons.)’84) reflecting on a recent visit to Toronto the Telegram, May 2

Nancy Riche (Dip.Voc.Ed.’76, B.Voc.Ed.’77, LLD ’95) of St. John’s was named an officer of the Order of Canada, May 14. Ms. Riche is recognized for her courageous commitment to championing worker’s rights, for pioneering the cause of women in the labour movement and for attaining one of its labour’s highest positions in Canada – secretary treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress.

“We have children who walk the streets rather than go to school. Their parents don’t know until they get a call from school to discuss their child’s absenteeism.”

—Ed Wade (BA ’76, BA(Ed.)’77, M.Ed.’86) on how poorly some students are prepared before being promoted to the next grade. The Telegram, Apr. 25

John L. Joy (BA ’71, MA ’77) was appointed to the Queen’s Counsel May 7. A practicing lawyer for over 25 years, Mr. Joy is a partner with White Ottenheimer and Baker. He also holds the position of honorary consul of Iceland. And he has been at the forefront of admiralty and aboriginal law in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Governments change and so do their leaders. The one thing that will remain the same is that nurses will keep the health care of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians as their No.1 priority.”

—Debbie Forward (BN’80, M.Ed.’01) responding to the implication that nurses did not remember the heavy-handedness of the Brian Tobin government in 1999. Telegram, Apr. 29

Beth Ryan (BA ’87) has made another prestigious shortlist: her book What is Invisible is nominated for Best Atlantic Published Book. Janet McNaughton (MA ’82, PhD ’90) is in the running for the Ann Connor Brimer Children’s Literature Award for An Earthly Night as is Kevin Major (B.Sc.’73) for the narrative poem of historical fiction Ann and Seamus. The latter work is also nominated for the Booksellers’ Choice Award. The awards will be announced in Moncton, May 27.

“Slowly but surely we have to move away from our expectation in this province for governments to take care of every problem, even when we create them ourselves.”

—Fred Wilcox (Dip.Eng.’69) talking about the amount of litter that emerges each year after the snow disappears. Telegram, May 2


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