Giving News

As a university student, Dianne Looker had an a-ha moment that went on to shape her career and help influence a new generation of students.

As an undergraduate studying sociology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Looker remembers fondly how her professor, Dr. Peter Pineo, told her that careful quantitative sociological research can and does inform policy and contribute in important ways to understanding the world.

The songs of the 1960s are an evocative soundtrack to the memories of many Acadia alumni, but it was more than music that made one sock hop special for David (’65) and Ruth Anne (’66) Nicholson.

Mabel Young (’63) has devoted her life to music and supporting students’ dreams. As a new Acadia music student in 1960, she was delighted that piano instruction would be included in her tuition. Later, a fellow student in her residence introduced her to playing the organ, which became a lifelong passion. Now retired from a long and rewarding career as a counsellor and educator, Mabel continues to encourage students.

The ripple effect of gifts from the Harrison McCain Foundation to Acadia University will be felt far into the future. Just as alumnus Harrison McCain (’49) made a transformative mark on Acadia’s student government, the Harrison McCain Foundation is effecting lasting change by amplifying opportunities for world-class research and improving access for talented students.

Margaret Hopkins, who is completing an Honours degree in Mathematics and Statistics and a Bachelor of Music at Acadia, is the 2021 recipient of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Award for her scholarly work, “Control Freak: Power dynamics and subversion in Barbara Hannigan’s performances of György Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre.”

Francis C.C. Yip (’90) has donated generously to Acadia and treasures his ties to the University. Yet it took a visit from Rod Morrison, Acadia’s Vice-President, Advancement (retired), to persuade him to return in person for the first time in 26 years.

Thanks to the generosity of the John and Judy Bragg Foundation, up to 13 Acadia students benefit annually from the following awards, named in honour of former teachers who were Acadia alumni:

Some of the most recent recipients of these awards spoke to Acadia about their lives as students and shared their gratitude:






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