Nursing Alumni News

May 6, 2008


Quo Vadis School of Nursing Alumni

34 members and guests attended the 2008 annual meeting and luncheon last June.  Guest speaker, Rebecca Rodriguez, spoke on “Women’s Issues.”  In November 2008, the annual Margaret Mackenzie Award was presented to Omorala Ishola, a student in the nursing program at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.  Alumni member Bruce Weber made the presentation.  A t the awards, Kathleen MacMillan, Dean of Health Sciences, presented a special feature on the late Margaret Mackenzie, the much revered Director of Quo Vadis. 

Wellesley School of Nursing Alumnae Association

126 people attended the annual meeting and luncheon in May 2008.    Also that month, the first award was made from the fund gifted by the Alumnae, in 2007, to the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson.  Two nursing students received awards.  The Alumnae has 408 members.  Several individual class reunions took place in 2008 and are recorded in the annual newsletter.

Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto Nursing Alumnae Association

The Alumnae currently has over 1000 members and publishes a newsletter every spring and fall.  Recently members were given an opportunity, through a survey,  to comment on the Executive’s 10 year Strategic Plan.  The majority favoured support for the hospital archives/museum and for education endowments. The Alumnae has a long history of providing  several annual education awards and sees an education endowment as “a clear choice for an on-going legacy.”  According to a comment in the newsletter, not everyone is happy with the recent name change for the hospital which is now officially called SickKids.   As usual, the annual meeting and luncheon, in November 2008, was well attended.   

The Toronto East General (TEGH) School of Nursing Alumnae Association celebrated its 75th anniversary in May 2008 with a Clinical Day at the hospital and a banquet.  1933 marks the year the first students graduated (nineteen in all) and the formation of the Alumnae Association.  A history of the school, Sunrise to Sunset by Jean Spalding, is available.  For information contact the Alumnae at  This year’s banquet will be held on May 4, 2009.

TEGH maintains a Museum and Archives run by Nursing Alumnae member Jill Robertson, a 1962 graduate.  Recently the Margaret M. Allemang Society donated their Gloria Kay Cap Collection to the Museum (on permanent loan) and Jill arranged an excellent display of more than thirty caps along with other nursing artifacts.  Gloria (Barwell) Kay, a TEGH graduate who died in October 2007, collected close to 300 caps and, in 1999, donated 170 of these to the Museum of Civilization.  She donated the remainder to the Allemang Society. 

The Alumnae Association, School of Nursing, Toronto General Hospital (TGH) held its annual dinner in May 2008.  Members decided than when the Alumnae is dissolved, monies will be used for “ongoing nursing education.”   Money will go to the TGH Foundation to establish a “Scholarship for Excellence in Nursing” at the hospital, to the RNAO Foundation, and to the Canadian Nurses Foundation (from The Quarterly, Summer 2008).  The TGH nursing school is one of the oldest in Canada and the first in Toronto.  It dates from 1881.

The 2008 newsletter of the Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae records the presentation, last May, of a cheque for $25,000 to Ryerson University. This money will establish a scholarship endowment for Ryerson School of Nursing students. President Shirley Heard reported that plans to transfer the Alumnae archives to the Ryerson Library are progressing (the School of Nursing is currently providing storage). The Alumnae will hold it’s annual meeting for 2008 on Saturday May 31st at Thornhill Golf and Country Club. The Wellesley School of Nursing was founded in 1915 and the program moved to Ryerson in 1973.

Quo Vadis School of Nursing Alumni will hold it’s Annual Alumni Luncheon on Saturday June 7th, 2008 at the Mandarin restaurant, 2200 Yonge Street. The school was founded in 1963 specifically to encourage mature men and women (30-50 years) to take up nursing. The latest newsletter celebrates, with photos, the opening of the School’s Queensway campus 40 years ago. When the Ontario nursing schools moved into community colleges, Quo Vadis was absorbed by Humber College.


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