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: Marney Simmons
Back in the days when a varied group of people used to gather in City Park in late afternoon to socialize their dogs and clear the classroom cobwebs from their heads, I looked forward to spending time with my friend, Nancy Brown and her dog, Digger. As Nancy and I meandered the asphalt pathways of the park she helped me immensely with her frank and truthful assessment of what I was dealing with – understanding of the alcoholic dysfunction I had been married to and with which I had grown up; discrimination as a mature woman student; uncertainty about who I was and what I was supposed to be doing; learning to stand up for myself, and how to gain wisdom and confidence from the situations I had come through. Without Nancy’s faithful friendship, love and unwavering belief in my abilities, laced with doses of delightful humour, I never would have achieved all that I have. The sages are correct – when the student is ready the teacher appears. Nancy has been the finest teacher I’ve ever had.