Judique’s Gra­ham among trio cho­sen for in­duc­tion

The Casket - - Local - RICHARD MACKEN­ZIE richard­mac@the­cas­ket.ca

A few of Morag Gra­ham’s “rowdy friends from Route 19” were amongst the many in at­ten­dance at the Schwartz School of Busi­ness au­di­to­rium, Satur­day (Sept. 29) morn­ing, for the St. F.X. Hall of Hon­our cer­e­mony; a tra­di­tional event dur­ing Home­com­ing Week­end.

Gra­ham, from Judique and the Class of 1968, jok­ingly de­scribed her many sup­port­ers in the au­di­ence with the one-liner, as she took the mi­cro­phone as one of three alumni go­ing into the Hall of Hon­our for 2018.

She was joined by Syd­ney na­tive Al­lene Macpher­son Go­forth from the Class of 1965, and fel­low ’68 grad­u­ate Joseph Mcgann, from West­ford, Mass­a­chu­setts.

“Morag ‘Mac­don­ald’ Gra­ham is an ex­am­ple of a life lived with in­tegrity, strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion served by a keen in­tel­lect and de­sire to serve oth­ers,” Gra­ham’s ci­ta­tion read.

“While a stu­dent at St. F.X., she was ac­tively in­volved in or­ga­ni­za­tions run­ning the gamut from X-project to the de­bat­ing team. She was a mem­ber of the field hockey team and wrote a weekly col­umn for the Xave­rian Weekly.

“In her fi­nal year, she re­ceived the Mari­mar Tro­phy (to­day called the Carmel Loisier Award) as the out­stand­ing se­nior fe­male grad­u­ate.”

The ci­ta­tion goes on to talk about her post-uni­ver­sity life which in­cluded rep­re­sent­ing and pro­mot­ing her beloved al­ma­mater.

“She spent six years serv­ing on the St. F.X. Board of Gov­er­nors and has also been ac­tively in­volved in alumni chap­ter ac­tiv­i­ties and has been a fre­quent pres­ence at St. F.X. Home­com­ing. Morag spent al­most 40 years as an ed­u­ca­tor, tak­ing on roles from class­room teacher to prin­ci­pal.”

It also noted her vast com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, with or­ga­ni­za­tions such as L’arche Cape Bre­ton and the Celtic Mu­sic In­ter­pre­tive Cen­tre.

While at the podium, Gra­ham paid par­tic­u­lar trib­ute to the Sis­ters of Notre Dame whom, she noted, were in charge of Mount

St. Bernard.

“They were the cen­tre of our uni­verse,” Gra­ham said.

“They watched over us, kept us in line, and made sure that we would avail our­selves to all that

St. F.X. had to of­fer. It was these sis­ters who in­stilled in us the be­lief that, as women, we had tremen­dous ca­pa­bil­i­ties and the power to make a dif­fer­ence in this world.”

In talk­ing to the Cas­ket af­ter the cer­e­mony, Gra­ham noted she was born in Port Hood but “moved south” to Judique, again dis­play­ing her dry wit.

“And I knew, al­ways, that I wanted to go to St. F.X.,” she said. “I did have a con­nec­tion to St. F.X.; I had an aunt who was a his­tory pro­fes­sor at St. F.X. Ac­tu­ally, I think, she was the first fe­male pro­fes­sors at St. F.X., her name was Mother St. Veron­ica. So, yes, I al­ways knew I would come here.”

I did have a con­nec­tion to St. F.X.; I had an aunt who was a his­tory pro­fes­sor at St. F.X. Ac­tu­ally, I think, she was the first fe­male pro­fes­sors at St. F.X., her name was Mother St. Veron­ica. So, yes, I al­ways knew I would come here.

Morag Gra­ham

Es­say win­ners

Also part of the cer­e­mony was the an­nual award­ing of stu­dent es­say prizes and the read­ing of those es­says by the four writ­ers (each rep­re­sent­ing a dif­fer­ent year of study).

This year’s win­ners were;

Majd Al Zhouri (first year), Brid­get Way-brack­en­bury (se­cond year), Amy Rowe (third year) and Cameron Sehl (fourth year).

Al Zhouri, who, with his fam­ily, es­caped the Syr­ian civil war and set­tled in Antigo­nish, thanks to the ef­forts of Syr­ian-antigo­nish Fam­i­lies Em­brace (SAFE), wrote about his in­te­gra­tion into the com­mu­nity and how, since ar­riv­ing, St. F.X. has pro­vided him with mo­ti­va­tion, a path.

“I al­ways say, I feel like I be­long to this St. F.X. fam­ily and to Antigo­nish … Antigo­nish is my se­cond home,” he said, thought­fully.

He talked about how his uni­ver­sity ed­u­ca­tion is pro­ceed­ing so far, and how it’s pro­vid­ing him with an even clearer pic­ture for his fu­ture.

“I’m ze­ro­ing in on what I want to do with my en­gi­neer­ing di­ploma — me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing — this is what I want to be do­ing for my life, now I’m re­ally sure,” he said. “St. F.X. has helped me fig­ure out what I want to do in my life.”

Richard Macken­zie

2018 St. F.X. Hall of Hon­our in­ductees; Morag Gra­ham (left), Joseph Mcgann and Al­lene Macpher­son Go­forth, hold­ing their pho­tos fol­low­ing the Satur­day (Sept. 29) cer­e­mony.

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