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.
Nancy Cotter (Kantautas)
Honoured by: Lisa Webb
Nancy Kantautas was my high school English teacher…and more.
Having grown up as a teenager in the 80s, my reading experience had been rather limited to the likes of Stephen King. I had always loved science but was not particularly excited by the classics… until I found myself in Nancy’s class. I felt like a bit of an oddball in high school, not fitting in with the athletic, academic or ‘cool’ crowds. I also tended to be a tad shy. Nancy was a beautiful, open, warm, funny, bright, intertested woman. She made Shakespeare fun, allowing a group of us to perform a take off on Julius Caesar, transforming the roles into gangster era characters. The world of literature became open to me; I became more open; I had fun; I learned. Most importantly, Nancy made me feel that I was unquestionably worth her time. She was there for me outside of school when she thought I might need some support, even going so far as to take my cat (with a bleeding tail in her lovely Camaro with the white leather interior) and me to the Veterinarian for an emergency one day after school. I am forever grateful to Nancy who, as a veritable stranger, showed me that influence goes beyond the close knit circle of friends and family, that ‘friendship’ sometimes comes where you least expect it and that the effects of caring are long-lasting and never forgotten.