Emma Stoddard

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.

Emma Stoddard

Honoured by: Kathy Leverette

You might say that Emma Stoddard found me when I was lost. This diminutive, deceptively strong-minded elderly woman, who allowed me to rent the back bedroom in her house when I had nowhere to live, was there every night with the porch light on when I came home late from work. She offered tea and cookies when I hadn’t eaten and although I was recently separated, desperately missing my children and was having a tough time figuring out what to do, never once asked a personal question or judged my situation. She simply listened. Emma taught me that caring unconditionally for others is a gift to yourself as well as someone else.
~Kathy Leverette