In late May 2012 our class celebrated our 55th with a 3 day reunion in downtown Vancouver (in the Denman St. area).
There were 27 of us and we had a great time. We toured the New Convention Center which was fantastic. Another highlight was visiting the Nursing Archives at VGH where we were hosted by Margaret Shugg and Vivian Blake (Jackson). We were “Miss Jackson’s” first class and really enjoyed that she took the time to reminisce with us about how nervous she was and how green we were. Thanks to you at the Alumnae for all the time and effort you and your staff put in to keep the Association alive and well. I enjoy the yearly Newsletter very much and would be disappointed to miss it. by Hannah Spatola (Hudson)
Indeed, it was a full 3 day celebration. We also enjoyed a tour and tea at Roedde House Museum on Barclay Square, an evening performance of Cole Porter’s “High Society”, a guided tour of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens followed by Dim Sum Lunch at a nearby restaurant. The reunion planning committee members (Lerae, Thelma, Jeanette, Dawn, Joan MacLean, Bonnie and Arden) were happy that our classmates appreciated the program. Our hotel’s hospitality suite, amiably run by Dawn with Fran’s assistance, became our living room between activities. A farewell banquet was held atop the hotel where we were afforded lovely views of the west end and English Bay. It was wonderful to see so many classmates from out of the country. Scotland, Australia, Hawaii and the United States, as well as those from across B.C. and Canada were represented. We missed those of you who were unable to be with us.
Over the past two years we have been saddened to lose classmates Eleanor Ross, June Latin (Standen), Susan Laidlaw (Armstrong) and Polly Fogg. Their names have been added to the Book of Remembrance. On behalf of our class, a donation was made to the Archive Committee for its continued work in maintaining our nursing history. Thank you, Arden Kidd