WHO IS SHE
A Community Project to honour women who have enriched our lives
The Ban Righ Centre supports mature women who are starting or returning to education at Queen’s University. In taking this significant step, these women found role models, advocates and inspiration in other women. Then, as they engage in their studies and in their activities beyond Queen’s with friends, family, peers and colleagues, these students effect continual and positive change, extending the reach of their mentors and the Ban Righ Centre. Through “Who Is She?” we honour women who make a difference.
Honoured by: Bonnie Henderson
Who is Hilary Gale and how did I meet this very special woman who has impacted my life?
One of the most difficult changes in my life was changing high schools at age thirteen when groups seem so established. However, when I arrived at Frontenac Secondary School, a spirited fellow classmate, Hilary Gale, welcomed me immediately. She showed me around the school, introduced me to her friends, and encouraged me to try out for various sports teams. What I had convinced myself was going to be a large adjustment became an extremely smooth transition in Kingston because of the close friendship Hilary offered so generously.
It was not difficult to choose a Maid of Honour to stand by me throughout my marriage preparations and wedding day. Hilary was there for me with such enthusiasm and confidence even though it meant she was losing her buddy for travel plans in Europe.
During the forty years of our friendship, Hilary and I have tried to maintain contact despite living in different countries or cities, schooling, employment and family responsibilities. I have always and will always admire Hilary for her tremendous zest for life, personal integrity, strong convictions, and giving nature. She is a well-travelled woman who speaks several languages and who followed her dream to be a teacher. Her goal was put on hold while she raised her son, but now she continues her journey. I wish Hilary the very best as she embarks on her teaching career. This is certainly a woman who has so much to offer young people.