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Class Notes

Submitted by alumni on Thu, 04/13/2017 - 00:42.

Class Notes

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by Ellis Choe


Ratna Ghosh, MA’73, PhD’76, received the Distinguished Alumna Award at the 2016 Arch Awards. Originally from India, the award-winning educational leader, author and lecturer was the first female dean at McGill University’s Faculty of Education from 1998-2004. Her numerous awards and honours include the Order of Canada (2000), the Order of Quebec (2006) and election as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1999), as well as being profiled as one of Time magazine’s “Canada’s Best in Education” (2003).

Mike Shaikh, BComm’77, along with his wife, Linda Shaikh, MA’15, were named two of the Calgary Herald’s 20 “Compelling Calgarians” to watch in 2017. Among the philanthropic couple’s recent donations is the $1-million gift to the new central public library, in keeping with their focus on promoting education. Mike, grandfather of seven, offers this advice to new students: “Think big and don’t be afraid. Stay focused, determined, empowered and then get out there and use that education to build our country worthy of your boundless promise, energy and enthusiasm. Lead by example, with hope — never fear.”