Helen Mathers and the women of the Ban Righ Centre

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.

Helen Mathers and the women of the Ban Righ Centre

Honoured by: Barbara Pullman

My family had just returned from a year in Santa Barbara, and I was at loose ends. I heard about Ban Righ which was just opening.

I decided to go down there to see if there were any jobs available. I met Helen Mathers, and we had a long talk. She learned that I had been at Brown University for two years, but had to leave because of illness. Helen explained the possibility of becoming a mature student. For many reasons, I was quite frightened by the project. However, I decided to give myself a chance to start again. I was very part-time, but the time went by, and I suddenly realized I was taking my last course. Through it all, Helen and the women at Ban Righ had stood by me, and with countless cups of soup and encouragement, I managed to graduate.

Barbara Pullman