2014 Hall Of Distinction
Alexandrine Gibb 1908*
Alexandrine Gibb 1908 was a pioneer in women’s sports in the 1920s and 1930s. Her love for sports began while still a student at Havergal and the sports which she most enjoyed were tennis, softball, track and field and basketball. She played basketball for the Toronto Ladies’ Maple Leafs from 1922-1924 and helped to establish the Ladies’ Ontario Basketball Association. From this, she went on to be a driving force behind many ladies’ sports associations. She was president of the Toronto’s Ladies’ Athletic Club, president of the Canadian Ladies’ Athletic Club, founder of the Women’s Amateur Athletic Foundation of Canada and the only female member of the executive council of the Canadian Amateur Basketball Association. She was also manager of the Canadian Women’s Olympic team in 1928. Further, Alexandrine wrote a weekly column, No Man’s Land of Sport, which ran in the Toronto Daily Star from 1928-1940. In 1934, she was promoted to assistant sports editor.
Nena Sedgwick Marsden 1943
Nena Sedgwick Marsden has been a driving force in the community of Georgina, Ontario for 40 years. Since starting the Lake Simcoe South Shore Historical Society (renamed the Georgina Historical Society), she has saved antiques and buildings, created the community’s archives and coaxed the town to put aside 10 acres for a museum. The Georgina Pioneer Village and Archives allowed for the moving of buildings that would otherwise have been demolished. The history of the area has been well documented and protected. The Historical Society has raised funds to allow refurbishment of additional buildings. In recognition of her 40-year contribution to preserving historical icons in Georgina, Nena received the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Marcia Lamont Scott 1943
As the first woman graduate in civil engineering in the province of Ontario, Marcia Lamont Scott was a pioneer. She received her bachelor of applied science degree from the University of Toronto’s department of civil engineering in 1947 (a year after the first woman graduated in civil engineering in Canada), and was subsequently licensed as a professional engineer. Marcia knew that she wanted to be a civil engineer from the age of nine and she was confident that she could reach her goal. This belief was instilled by her parents. Marcia received outstanding preparation and support from her Havergal math and physics teachers, Dr. O’Connor and Miss Reynolds. Other mentors were Mr. Gibson (who hired her when she was a high school student and helped her learn the basics of surveying and drafting) and Professor Carson Morrison (who taught her at U of T and later hired her to work with his structural engineering firm). Marcia helped pave the way for women to study civil engineering and to succeed in that field. The department of civil engineering at the University of Toronto has endowed a scholarship in her name to honour her for being its first woman graduate.
Betty Jean Ingraham Bankes 1945
Betty Jean Ingraham Bankes’ volunteer outreach has made a profound difference in many diverse communities. She has worked to provide support services for the less-advantaged and promoted student participation in international affairs, especially related to the United Nations. In Canada, Europe and the U.S., she has been involved in camp experiences for inner-city children, accessibility for disabled individuals in their communities and various United Nations initiatives. Her prodigious efforts as a volunteer have brought her recognition and many accolades. Her lifetime mantra has been “volunteerism with a difference, making a difference.”
Elizabeth Mason 1945
Elizabeth Mason recently donated more than 23 acres of land on Chief’s Island to The Muskoka Conservancy to create the Campbell-Mason Nature Reserve. Her donation ensures that the property will remain in its natural state forever, protected from development. Her focus is on helping people to build their heritage goals in the country. She frequently lives on Chief’s Island, which she has known all of her life. Her great-grandfather acquired it in a Crown Land grant in 1874. Elizabeth’s close relationship with Havergal is remembered each year with the presentation of the Herbert Mason Medal, established by her grandmother in 1897.
Judy Taylor Mappin 1946*
Judy Taylor Mappin was a distinguished Canadian bookseller and philanthropist. From 1974 to 2005, she operated the Double Hook bookstore in Montreal, which sold only Canadian books. Judy made a significant contribution to Canadian literature, not only through her own bookstore, but also by promoting emerging and established Canadian writers. She founded scholarship programs at McGill University for undergraduate environmental studies and women’s health studies. In 2005, Judy earned a President’s Award of Distinction from the Association of Canadian Publishers. She received an honorary doctorate from McGill University in 2006 and was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2008.
Diane Hume Ward 1958
Diane Hume Ward has been an outstanding founder, advocate and volunteer for outdoor education for more than 40 years. Having volunteered for more than 20 major projects, she has never stopped making a difference in her community. Among other projects, Diane co-founded the Willowgrove and Green Acres outdoor education centres, as well as various school projects. She has been a Whitchurch-Stouffville livestock inspector for 40 years and served as president of both the Markham Fair and Stouffville Horticultural Society. She rejuvenated the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency, was named the 2009 Whitchurch-Stouffville Citizen of the Year and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Silver Medal.
Teresa Woods Snelgrove 1964
Teresa Woods Snelgrove is an accomplished Canadian businesswoman and entrepreneur. As co-founder of Timothy’s World Coffee in 1975, she changed the way in which people consume coffee. Her current company, ProFitHR, sells a suite of skills assessment tools for both employment selection and professional school admissions. The tool is now being used by the majority of North American medical schools to help select the best candidates for future doctors. She believes in the mantra of both innovation and excellence. Teresa has found time to teach English at the University of Toronto, Trent, Wilfrid Laurier and Western Ontario. Havergal has been fortunate to benefit from her skills as an avid supporter of our Old Girls mentoring program.
Rosemarie Tovell 1965
Rosemarie Tovell excelled in her career as the first woman curator of the Canadian Prints and Drawings Collection at the National Gallery of Canada. She has authored or co-authored numerous books. Two of her more noteworthy publications were Reflections in a Quiet Pool, the Prints of David Milne and A New Class of Art: The Artist’s Print in Canadian Art, 1877-1920. For the latter, she received the Ewell L. Newman Book Award as the author of an outstanding publication from the American Historical Print Collectors Society. There is a long list of exhibitions she has organized and her extensive scholarly writings include exhibition catalogues, journal articles as well as lectures and keynote addresses which she has delivered both from within and outside Canada. She has been passionate in her efforts to publish, contribute and expand knowledge in her field of art appreciation.
Wendy Vansteinburgh Bourgon 1973
Wendy Vansteinburgh Bourgon is a social worker whose vision and skill have made a positive difference in the lives of many people in Mbayi, Zambia. Wendy works to combat poverty, hunger, sickness and suffering by facilitating possibilities, encouraging grassroots initiatives, fostering self-sufficiency and nurturing hope. She first went to Zambia in 2006 and moved there full time in 2010 on a one-woman mission to change lives. She has organized a maize-growing venture and raised money in Canada to buy a mill, so that the villagers no longer have to walk 2.5 miles each way to grind their grain. Other ventures include a chicken business, a beekeeping enterprise, a feeding program for school-children and the elderly, seeds for vegetable gardens, and a mothers’ shelter to complement the health post which she facilitated. Through her efforts and with fundraising support, the lives of the people in her community have been changed profoundly.
Paula Cox 1976
Paula Cox is the first Havergal College graduate to become leader of her country. After graduating from Havergal, she earned a BA in political science at McGill and a diploma in international law from the University of Manchester, England and became a solicitor. Entering politics in 1996 -™ when she won a by-election -™ she held many ministerial portfolios, was elected leader of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party on October 30, 2010 and was sworn in as Premier of Bermuda. Paula has received many honours both at home and internationally. She received an honorary doctorate in education from Wheelock College (USA) and a Women Who Make a Difference Award from the International Women’s Forum. She was named honorary chair of the World Chamber of Commerce, was appointed to serve on the Board of the International Women’s Forum, received the Caribbean region’s Woman of the Year Award and was awarded a CBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Catherine Lawrence 1977
Catherine Lawrence is a lawyer, mother of three and CLO (chief laughter officer) of Survival of the Funniest, promoting laughter in the workplace and life. She believes in the power of laughter to positively impact every aspect of your life: “Humour is a profound therapeutic tool. When you are deep belly-laughing you are fully present and your mind becomes free. Humour and laughter are critical tools to survive and thrive. Take responsibility for your laugh life. Who is on your laughter team?” When she was diagnosed with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a progressive lung disease which affects women in the prime of their life with no known cause or cure, Catherine rallied her friends and family to fund world-class research. Her volunteer advocacy group is called “Green Eggs and LAM” and hosts wildly successful events including a comedy night called “LOL: Laugh Out LAM!”
Carol Welsman 1978
Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. She is a six-time Juno Award nominee (winning Best Female Vocalist at the 1996 National Jazz Awards) and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2010, her Peggy Lee tribute CD was voted the Top 5 CD of the Year (all genres) in USA Today. Quadrilingual, Carol continues to fulfill the dream that started many years ago at Havergal: recording, performing and songwriting. “Welsman is that rarest of discoveries: a fully formed artist with the musicality, imagination and looks to cruise to the top of the jazz vocal genre,” wrote the Los Angeles Times. “She balances the poetry of the words with the flow of the melody in a fashion rarely heard in jazz singing.”
Glenys Babcock 1981
Glenys Babcock is a leader in international security and public policy and for more than 25 years, has provided research and analysis to pre-eminent public, private and not-for-profit organizations. She is an expert in conflict resolution, peace-building and democratization, with particular expertise in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. She is the founder and president of Pragmora, a not-for-profit organization that develops and advocates for practical measures to help prevent and resolve conflicts and to maintain peace in post-conflict regions. Pragmora’s vision is “a world that persistently seeks realistic alternatives to armed conflict, and diligently plans for stable peace. A world freed from war.” Glenys has been a consultant to many organizations, including the World Bank, RAND Corporation, and Intelligence Secretariat of Canada’s Privy Council Office. She was scholar in residence at the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, director of The Titan Group for Public Policy Analysis and vice-president of Ipsos Reid Public Affairs. Glenys holds a BA in mathematics, a BA and MA in international relations and an M.Phil. and PhD in public policy analysis.
Linda Frum 1981
The Honourable Linda Frum is the first Havergal graduate to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. Prior to her appointment in 2009, she was a distinguished Canadian journalist, author and philanthropist. As a contributing editor to Maclean’s magazine and columnist for the National Post, she has interviewed many notable world figures, politicians and thinkers. Her two books include Linda Frum’s Guide to Canadian Universities and Barbara Frum: A Daughter’s Memoir. In 1996, she won a Gemini Award for best social-political documentary for her film Ms. Conceptions. An active member of the Toronto community, Linda has served on the boards of prestigious hospitals, schools and cultural organizations. Linda is a recipient of the Golda Meir Leadership Award from State of Israel Bonds and was awarded an honorary degree from Yeshiva University in 2011.
Pauline Chan 1983
Pauline Chan is an acclaimed reporter and anchor at CTV Toronto and has held positions ranging from general assignment reporter to co-anchor for CTV Toronto’s CTV News at 11:30 pm, a position she has held for more than a decade. She has also been the host of the popular segment Lifetime for CTV Toronto’s CTV News at Six. Pauline is an active community voice, participating in events such as the Walk to Axe Anaphylaxis, the Wake Up Call Breakfast for Prostate Cancer Canada and supporting the North York Women’s Shelter. She’s a popular emcee for many gatherings in Toronto’s Chinese and Filipino communities. Pauline was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service to the community.
Gillian Deacon 1984
Gillian Deacon is a bestselling author and an award-winning broadcaster and journalist. She is the host of Here and Now on CBC Radio ONE. Across many media, she raises awareness of current events and environmental issues. Gill spent nearly two decades as a television host in both Canada and the U.S. She won a gold medal at the prestigious New York Festivals for her television writing. Gill is the author of two bestselling books: There’s Lead in Your Lipstick: TOXINS IN OUR EVERYDAY BODYCARE AND HOW TO AVOID THEM has been translated into several languages and sold around the world; Green for Life inspired a popular column in Chatelaine magazine. She recently published a memoir, Naked Imperfection. Gill is on the board of the Writer’s Trust.
Penney Lewis 1985
Penney Lewis is professor of law at King’s College London, U.K. An expert in medical law and ethics, Penney specializes in end-of-life issues and delayed prosecutions for childhood sexual abuse. She is a member of a national ethics committee and has given evidence to the U.K. and Scottish parliaments. Law reform bodies in two Australian states have adopted her recommendations regarding delayed prosecutions for childhood sexual abuse. Penney has published two books and numerous briefing papers and articles, and is frequently interviewed by worldwide media. She has won several teaching awards. An outstanding legal mind and communicator, Penney is at the forefront of controversial issues facing governments, courts and society today.
Heather Palmer 1985
Heather Palmer has a PhD in neuropsychology and has developed cognitive rehabilitation programs to help cancer patients, seniors and brain-affected individuals improve brain function, thus improving their quality of life. Her program has been implemented across Canada and is expanding into the U.S. Testimonials from grateful clients and their families attest to the success of the program, as well as to Heather’s compassion, supportiveness and ability to connect with patients of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to her work in neuropsychology, Heather is extensively involved with cancer charities.
Catherine Day Phillips 1986
Following in her parents’ footsteps, Catherine Day Phillips competed in the show ring from a very early age. After graduating from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., Catherine worked for her father and then, in 1994, started her own thoroughbred breeding and training business. Catherine was the first woman to train the winner of the US Arlington Million and her horse, Jambalaya, was the first Canadian-bred horse to do so. A Bit O’ Gold, also trained by Catherine, won two races in the Canadian Triple Crown and placed second in the third race. He was named Canadian Three-Year-Old of the Year in 2004 and Canadian Horse of the Year, Older Horse of the Year and Turf Horse of the Year in 2005. Her horses and those of her clients continue to win prestigious stakes races in both Canada and the U.S.
Sara Borins Angel 1988
Sara Borins Angel is the founding executive director of the Art Canada Institute at the University of Toronto. A research-based organization dedicated to education and the promotion of Canadian art history, The Art Canada Institute has been described as “breathing digital life into Canadian art” (The Globe and Mail) and as “redefining the conversation about Canadian art history in a 21st-century way, using 21st-century media” (Maclean’s). Sara is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto and holds a Trudeau doctoral scholarship, which is awarded “for innovative ideas that will help solve issues of critical importance to Canadians.” Sara’s extensive career in arts journalism and publishing includes being a commentator for CBC television’s On the Arts, an editor for Saturday Night and a columnist for The National Post. In 2006, she was named editor-in-chief of Chatelaine magazine. She is the director of Angel Editions and Otherwise Editions.
Maryam Sanati 1988
Maryam Sanati has been a journalist for 18 years. She is the former editor-in-chief of Chatelaine magazine, where she oversaw the magazine’s redesign and 80th-anniversary celebration. Maryam has held numerous senior editorial positions at The Globe and Mail and Report on Business Magazine, where she edited National Magazine Award-nominated articles. Maryam is editorial director of special projects at St. Joseph Media and is developing content and audience-engagement strategies for the National Music Centre, opening in Calgary in 2016. She is also Toronto Life magazine’s editor-in-chief of the special-interest publications Real Estate, Neighbourhoods, Eating & Drinking, City Home and Stylebook.
Kim Wicks Barker 1989
Kim Wicks Barker is the medical officer of health for the district of Algoma, Ontario. She is a physician, medical professor and a devoted advocate in promoting the health of populations around the world. She served as public health advisor to the Assembly of First Nations and is a tuberculosis consultant to the World Health Organization. She has also worked with the United Nations, UNICEF and the U.S. Peace Corps on health promotion and disease prevention in Tanzania. Her career has focused largely on building relationships between the private and public sectors, as well as across jurisdictions in achieving improved health outcomes for the most vulnerable populations. Kim acknowledges that the privilege of a Havergal education, together with significant family support over the years, has enabled her to pursue a rewarding career.
Dale McIntosh 1992
A co-founder of The Diaper Bank, Dale McIntosh volunteers her skills and energy in improving the circumstances of those living in poverty. The Diaper Bank is a registered charity that helps fill a critical and otherwise unmet need for diapers among the most vulnerable in our community. She believes that clean diapers are a basic need for all babies. Through the collection of diapers and monetary donations, The Diaper Bank serves low-income households in the GTA through existing service providers, including food banks, shelters and social services. Volunteerism is one of Dale’s core values; she demonstrates this through her active involvement in many charitable organizations, including HOGA.
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