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In Memoriam a memorable ceremony

The path to a bright future is often paved with the legacy of those who’ve gone before us.

This was particularly evident on a recent sunny afternoon when nearly 100 friendly faces filled the Dr. John H. Garden Memorial Park to honour the memories of their loved ones.
Jane Dunwoody and her two daughters are pleased to have somehwere as peaceful and beautiful as the Dr. John H. Garden Memorial Park to remember Mount Royal's late Director of ITS, Doug Dunwoody. They're also pleased to be able to help future students in Doug's name.

Mount Royal’s annual In Memoriam ceremony is an inspirational tribute to treasures of the Mount Royal Community who’ve recently passed away.

The ceremony is a way for loved ones to recognize the contributions and memories of their late family members by announcing a scholarship in their name.

This year three late members of the Mount Royal community were remembered as well as two new ones whose family thought In Memoriam was an appropriate tribute: Bruce Horrey, former manager of lab stores, who passed last year while hiking in the Kootenay Mountains.

Former Director of ITS, Doug Dunwoody, who passed away in a motorcycle accident last year.and long-time volunteer and avid Cougars supporter, Hughie Olsen, who passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Wayne Reid's family also set up a scholarship to recognize his passion for young people and education before his passing and Susan Grant-Pomeroy, who passed away suddenly in 2006, had a scholarship set up by her family to honour her love of studying and passion for knowledge.

The value of these scholarships can hardly be measured in monetary currency.

Just ask Catherine Taubensee, a 40-year-old mother of three who is heading into her second year in the Bachelor of Nursing program, thanks to a memorial scholarship.

“There are huge monetary challenges to face when raising a family while being a full-time student. Last semester, there came a day when I headed to the bank to withdraw a lump-sum against our line of credit.

“We were no longer breaking even and as I drove home I worried about what the next three years would cost. The same day, I opened the mail to discover that I had been granted a sizeable scholarship almost the same size of a line of credit withdrawl I had just made. What a relief to fully concentrate on my studies knowing my needs would be met.”

Taubensee’s words certainly brought home the true value and potential of the scholarships.

These scholarships are a way for the memory and contributions of the deceased to last long into the future, touching more lives than they ever could have imagined.
Dunwoody’s wife Jane said she was overwhelmed by the afternoon.

“It just shows how good an institution Mount Royal is. It makes you feel good to know Doug will be remembered here and it’s a nice place to come to think about Doug.”

The scholarships’ namesakes had their names listed on a large stone marker in the centre of the flower-filled garden.

Mount Royal President Dave Marshall, who gave a few words at the opening of the ceremony, kept the tone positive.

“Today is, indeed, a day of celebration,” said Marshall.

“We remember and reflect upon the lives of some very special friends and family members who are no longer with us, but who have touched us deeply and left us with many fond memories.”

— Steven Noble, Sept. 17, 2009