Class of September 1957

In late May 2012 our class celebrated our 55th with a 3 day reunion in downtown Vancouver (in the Denman St. area).

There were 27 of us and we had a great time. We toured the New Convention Center which was fantastic. Another highlight was visiting the Nursing Archives at VGH where we were hosted by Margaret Shugg and Vivian Blake (Jackson). We were “Miss Jackson’s” first class and really enjoyed that she took the time to reminisce with us about how nervous she was and how green we were. Thanks to you at the Alumnae for all the time and effort you and your staff put in to keep the Association alive and well. I enjoy the yearly Newsletter very much and would be disappointed to miss it. by  Hannah Spatola (Hudson)

Indeed, it was a full 3 day celebration. We also enjoyed a tour and tea at Roedde House Museum on Barclay Square, an evening performance of Cole Porter’s “High Society”, a guided tour of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens followed by Dim Sum Lunch at a nearby restaurant. The reunion planning committee members (Lerae, Thelma, Jeanette, Dawn, Joan MacLean, Bonnie and Arden) were happy that our classmates appreciated the program. Our hotel’s hospitality suite, amiably run by Dawn with Fran’s assistance, became our living room between activities. A farewell banquet was held atop the hotel where we were afforded lovely views of the west end and English Bay. It was wonderful to see so many classmates from out of the country. Scotland, Australia, Hawaii and the United States, as well as those from across B.C. and Canada were represented. We missed those of you who were unable to be with us.

Over the past two years we have been saddened to lose classmates Eleanor Ross, June Latin (Standen), Susan Laidlaw (Armstrong) and Polly Fogg. Their names have been added to the Book of Remembrance. On behalf of our class, a donation was made to the Archive Committee for its continued work in maintaining our nursing history. Thank you, Arden Kidd

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Arriving at The Galiano Inn, the classmates enjoyed three days of memory sharing and lots of laughter. Dinner at The Hummingbird Pub was followed by the RCMP costumed escort and members in capes, caps, and scissors as Edythe arrived with The Torch. The self-appointed Health Clinic Nurses were presented with a Clinic Kit to ensure a safe night for all.

Gathering for breakfast the next day, the members completed quizzes, sang a revised Adjustment Song, opened Goody Bags, and heard Joan’s evaluation review complete with prizes. The Health Clinic was opened and several remedies were demonstrated before Ocean Potion was served to all.

Following Free Time to explore or relax, the group gathered near The Gazebo to hear and view Memories that some had never heard before.

Prior to dinner, a tribute to Charlotte Wynne was read and Moon River was sung. The Memorial Book was available for viewing. Following dinner, a new Alphabet for Seniors was presented and then The Squirelles Decades Tour channeling ABBA was revealed! The costumes and act were the highlight of the evening. Door prizes and special gifts were distributed.