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Women
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The riva spatz women's wall of honour

Celebrate inspiring women in our lives and communities

MARY ELIZABETH MASTERMAN CHURCH

Mary Elizabeth Masterman Church is known to friends and family as Babs. We honour her for her spirit of adventure and energy. She hitchhiked through Europe for a year in her twenties, taught school in her thirties and forties, became a television producer and documentary maker in her fifties, trekked the Himalayas in her sixties and paddled the Nahanni River for her seventieth birthday. Yet home has always been her centre. She gathers people together for splendid meals and lively conversations, and holds all close to her with an unwavering belief in her marriage and her family, friends and community.

MARTHA (BURNS) SUTHERLAND

Mama/Grandma/Nanny, wouldn’t you laugh to think of your name on a wall in a university? This wall honors women, and certainly you deserve to be honored. Throughout a lifetime of learning through reading and listening and just plain living, you majored in loving, and family was always the centre of your life. You were hard to beat at Wheel of Fortune or Scrabble - remember how amazed you were that people couldn’t spell? And you learned to laugh even when times weren’t easy and life was hard. Three generations of your family have been Mount students, but the lessons of love and laughter learned from you and passed down to and by all of us will remain the foundation of their education for life.

 

JENNIFER BLOIS

We honoured our daughter Jennifer because she is bright, ambitious, and determined to be a woman who has, and will continue to make a difference in both her personal and professional pursuits. She understands “that planted within every child are the seeds of a beautiful harvest.” Jennifer absolutely radiates caring, love and fun both personally and professionally. No matter how young or old, she is always willing to extend a helping hand or a shoulder to lean on.

As we grow older, it is wonderful to realize that in Jennifer we have a daughter who demonstrates kindness in so many ways. Remarkable women come in many forms and for us our daughter inspires us every day - we are blessed for what she brings to us which is some of life’s most important things: love, happiness and laughter.

DR. MAIRI ST. JOHN MACDONALD

I wasn’t able to attend university right out of high school but rather went to work full time.  I always felt something was missing. I longed for a university education but did not think it was possible. So when an advertisement appeared in the paper for a non- credit evening class at Mount Saint Vincent University, I signed up. The instructor for this class was Dr. Mairi St. John Macdonald.

During our sessions, Dr. Macdonald saw my desire to learn and encouraged me to take a credit class. She helped build my confidence and showed me the way to obtain my goal as a mature student. Dr. Macdonald was always there with a smile and support when I needed it. It took a great many years but I succeeded and I owe it all to that first non credit class and Dr. Macdonald’s kindness, reassurance and faith. Thank you Dr. Macdonald.

JOAN WATSON (SADLER) COVEYDUCK and I. LORRAINE (SLESSOR) SADLER

My mum and granny taught me the value of education, the importance of family, the need for diplomacy, and the restorative benefits of a strong cup of tea.  They are the unsung heroes of my family and I thought this would be a fitting tribute to permanently recognize their influence and my love for them.

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ABOUT riva spatz

A survivor of the Second World War, matriarch, and freedom fighter, the Mount is proud to name the Women's Wall of Honour in recognition of Riva Spatz.

Born Riva Melamedek on November 10, 1922, in Maniewiece, Eastern Poland, she was one of six children. As a young woman she became a resistance fighter against the Nazis. After the war she moved to Munich, where she met and married Simon Spatz. Together they moved to Canada in 1950 and built a new life in Halifax surrounded by family, friends and other survivors.

The compassion that led her to study nursing echoed throughout her entire life — raising her children, working to support the business she and her husband created, and maintaining a strong sense of community and family connection. She and Simon raised their daughter Shirley and son Josef (Jim) to continue this legacy. 

A survivor of the Second World War, matriarch, and freedom fighter, the Mount is proud to name the Women's Wall of Honour in recognition of Riva Spatz.

Born Riva Melamedek on November 10, 1922, in Maniewiece, Eastern Poland, she was one of six children. As a young woman she became a resistance fighter against the Nazis. After the war she moved to Munich, where she met and married Simon Spatz. Together they moved to Canada in 1950 and built a new life in Halifax surrounded by family, friends and other survivors.

The compassion that led her to study nursing echoed throughout her entire life — raising her children, working to support the business she and her husband created, and maintaining a strong sense of community and family connection. She and Simon raised their daughter Shirley and son Josef (Jim) to continue this legacy. 

A survivor of the Second World War, matriarch, and freedom fighter, the Mount is proud to name the Women's Wall of Honour in recognition of Riva Spatz.

Born Riva Melamedek on November 10, 1922, in Maniewiece, Eastern Poland, she was one of six children. As a young woman she became a resistance fighter against the Nazis. After the war she moved to Munich, where she met and married Simon Spatz. Together they moved to Canada in 1950 and built a new life in Halifax surrounded by family, friends and other survivors.

The compassion that led her to study nursing echoed throughout her entire life — raising her children, working to support the business she and her husband created, and maintaining a strong sense of community and family connection. She and Simon raised their daughter Shirley and son Josef (Jim) to continue this legacy.

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Why Honour a Woman?

We were each mentored, guided, encouraged, challenged, and shaped by the remarkable women in our lives — our mothers, aunts, teachers, mentors, friends. These women believed in us and raised our sights. They cheered us on, sacrificed for us, and encouraged us to follow our dreams.

Now there's a special and lasting opportunity to show your appreciation and pride. Honour a remarkable woman in your life or community on the Riva Spatz Women's Wall of Honour — fittingly located at Mount Saint Vincent University (the Mount), Canada's only university dedicated to advancing the education and leadership of women.

Make sure the women in your life are honoured for years to come.

Visit the virtual Women's Wall of Honour

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What is the Women's Wall of Honour?

The Riva Spatz Women’s Wall of Honour is the only one of its kind in Canada. Located in a garden setting at the Mount, it will serve as a centerpiece of the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research at Mount Saint Vincent University.

The Riva Spatz Women’s Wall of Honour is for all Canadians looking for a lasting, compelling and significant way to honour those women who most shaped and influenced their lives. It will display the names of 700 women on leaves across seven named panels. In addition, each woman will be featured on the virtual Women's Wall of Honour, where her name, photo and inspirational story can be shared, not only with visitors of the wall, but with the world.

Visit the virtual Women's Wall of Honour

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How to honour a woman

Each space on the Riva Spatz Women's Wall of Honour represents a generous $1,200 donation. You can make your gift as a one-time contribution or through monthly installments of just $25/month over four years. You will receive a charitable receipt for your gift.

Your gift will also help support future generations of leaders committed to creating positive change in the lives of those around them.

More information…

Once you have made your gift, you will receive an e-mail from Mount Saint Vincent University directing you to a secure site. Here, you will have the following options:

     - Send your honouree an e-card notifying her of your tribute.

     - Print a certificate to present to your honouree.

Or, if you would prefer, Mount Saint Vincent University can send notification to your honouree informing her of your tribute.

You will also have the opportunity to submit a vignette and/or your honouree’s photo (max. 600 characters) for the virtual Women’s Wall of Honour. 

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Number of women honoured:

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