Mary Macdonald

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.

Mary Macdonald

Honoured by: M.Elizabeth Macdonald

Mary has always loved words from the days she studied elocution with Mae Turtle in Winnipeg. Mary worked in word, writing scripts and hosting shows in private radio in Flin Flon and Medicine Hat. While raising a family and running a household, Mary kept writing – novels, short stories, plays, essays, commentaries. As her children left home, Mary stayed connected through words hand-written in letters and spoken into tape recorders. When she retired, she fulfilled a lifelong dream – going to university and completing an Honours BA and MA in Religious Studies as a mature student. These days Mary is often online – wordsmithing an email or Facebook entry. Mary’s love and use of words is almost indiscriminate – hand-written or typed, spoken or recorded, scripted or spontaneous, fact or fiction, virtual or real – they are all precious! Following not so much in Mary’s footsteps, but rather in her pen strokes, words are now my bread and butter in my work as a United Church minister. I will always be grateful for the respect for, and love of words that have been gift to me from my mother, Mary Elizabeth Hamilton Macdonald.