Donna McEwen

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Tributes |


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.

Donna McEwen

Honoured by: Eileen McEwen

Hi Mama,

It’s unfair to have such a short space to reveal all that I feel about you, but really the words seem so flat in comparison to what I really need to express. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to give back to you. You, the woman who’s always on my mind, and continually loving me always and all ways. Every little stepping stone of knowledge, all inspiring words, endless valuable life lessons and a laundry list of successes find their way home to you. It’s people like you that remind me why being a woman is a very important gift. Your presence in a room makes any house a home. Only someone as beautiful and giving as you could remind a family of mostly stubborn young ladies that working hard and living well is more than slaving in a kitchen or washing mountains of laundry (though you did these chores warmly and without complaint); it’s about an education, a welcoming bed-side manner, a professional work ethic, the desire to care for ourselves and others, a heart-melting embrace, a focus on mental and emotional health being as important if not more important than the physical, and the need to pass on our talents and celebrate those around us for their remarkable contributions, no matter how big or small. You are exactly how I imagine a Utopian World would be. Never change. I’m proud of you, and so very blessed to be one of your children. Thank you for life, love and happiness. I love you always and always, E