Women's Wall of Honour BannerOn Thursday, April 28, 2022 Mount Saint Vincent University celebrated a new group of honourees who had recently been installed on the Riva Spatz Women’s Wall of Honour.

The only one of its kind in Canada, the Riva Spatz Women’s Wall of Honour (WWOH) at MSVU is a celebration of extraordinary women from all walks of life. The name of each honouree is engraved on a leaf on the wall as a lasting tribute to inspiring women who have made a difference across family, community, and profession. Today, the wall bears the names of more than 500 women.

Among the newest honourees were Sister Dorothy Moore, CM, ONS, a Mi’kmaq Elder, former MSVU Board member, and a cherished advisor to the university on Indigenous matters; Dr. Noni MacDonald, OC, ONS, a pioneer in the medical community; Mi’kmaq leader Annie Bernard Daisley, the first female Chief of We’koqma’q; the late Alexa McDonough, OC, ONS, a stand-out leader, feminist and past president of MSVU; and beloved former MSVU staff member, the late Danette Robinson.

a group of people holding flowers near the Women's Wall of HonourAs part of this unique tribute, honourees are also highlighted on the virtual Women’s Wall of Honour, a platform which provides an opportunity to share the stories of the women honoured and for people from all over the world to join in the experience.

Attendees the 2022 WWOH celebration were joined by a series of featured speakers, including Member of Parliament for Halifax West Lena Metlege Diab; Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, CM, then Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of MSVU; Pamela Glode-Desrochers, Executive Director of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre; and Heather Hanson, MSVU Board Member and Chair of the University’s Advancement and External Relations Committee.

Each of the women celebrated on the WWOH is given a leaf pin to wear. Through the leaf pin, the wall and its importance can be carried with honourees. The pin unites a community of cherished women.

Two people standing beside one of the leaves at the Women's Wall of honourThe WWOH is located just outside the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research at MSVU which, fittingly, is the only building on a Canadian university campus dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of women.

There are a limited number of leaves still available on the Riva Spatz Women’s Wall of Honour. Purchase a leaf here as a celebration of a woman who has made an impact on your life, or contact Kari.Shannon@msvu.ca for more information.

2022 Riva Spatz Women’s Wall of Honour Honourees:

Chris Baert-Wilson

Paula Barry Mercer

Annie Bernard Daisley

Maxine Brewer

Anne Clark McGuire

Madeline Colburn Patton

Marcelle Marie Comeau

Lena Metlege Diab at the Women's Wall Of Honour event

Donna Cotie

Lily Durepos

Dianne Fitzgerald Kelderman

Jeanne Flemming

Connie Fudge

Barbara Goldbloom Hughes

Pamela Glode-Desrochers

Lucy Griffiths

Kim Healy

Maria Kourakis Roberts

Lauren Leal

Ramona Lumpkin speaking at the Women's Wall Of Honour event

Stacey Lewis Pineau

June Lumsden

Cathy Lumsden-Bonnell

Dr. Noni MacDonald, OC, ONS

Elaine MacNeil

Catherine Anne Martin

Emma Marie McMullin Arnold

Sister Dorothy Moore, CM, ONS

Doreen Phinney-Furlong

Ann Sylliboy

Judy Thordason

Martha Westwater


Honoured in memoriam:

Betty Anderson

Geraldine “Gerrie” Doyle Walker

Sister Jean Eudes

Gwendolyn Dorothy Flemming “Aunt Gwen”

Karen Greene

Audrey Gunter

Marjorie A. Lindsay

Alexa McDonough, OC, ONS

Judith Moseychuck Schurman

Beth Ralston

Danette Robinson

Linda Irene Rose

Heather (MacLaggan) Smith

Heidi Stevenson