Miss Shepherd

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.

Miss Shepherd

 Honoured by: Elizabeth Campbell


In the school I attended, from 1st grade until graduation, students had access to the school library before, during, or after school hours. It was huge, with many windows and a high ceiling, and each of its four walls was laden with books. The librarian was Miss Shepherd, who emanated calm and tranquility. In retrospect I think of her as a grey lady…her hair was grey, her clothes were muted, but she had an air of authority and calm which somehow permeated her entire domain. She seemed to be very tall and stately, to someone as young as I was. She was the first adult, other than a parent, to assign a responsibility to me, and it was gratifying to have been chosen to be the the editor of “The Daily Exhaust” which consisted of clipppings from newspapers which I selected and posted with thumbtacks onto a bulletin board near the Miss Shepherd’s desk.

Miss Shepherd had the grace and the gift of making a child feel as if her ideas and opinions were worth consideration….a real ego booster, and I’ve never ceased to feel grateful to her for the interest and encouragement she offered me. The impact she had on my life hit me years later, when my children were well on their way to independence, and I was in charge of a branch library, emulating Miss Shepherd in doing for the library clients what she had done for me, so many years earlier.