Former prime minister to speak at Mount Allison convocation ceremonies

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Martin one of three honouary degree recipients on Monday

Former PM Paul Martin is one of three to be honoured with honourary degrees at Mount Allison next Monday.

Former PM Paul Martin is one of three to be honoured with honourary degrees at Mount Allison next Monday.

SACKVILLE, NB – Former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin will one of three honourary degree recipients during convocation ceremonies at Mount Allison University on Monday, May 12.

He’ll be joined by retired General John de Chastelain and 1957 Mount Allison graduate and Nova Scotia artist Dawn MacNutt in receiving the honourary degrees at Convocation Hall.

The morning ceremony, science and commerce students, will begin at 9:30 a.m. while the afternoon session, for arts, fine arts and music students, will commence at 2:30 p.m.

Martin will address the morning session while de Chastelain, grandfather of Mount Allison’s 52nd Rhodes Scholar Kylie de Chastelain, will speak during the afternoon ceremony.

Mount Allison University chancellor and CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge and university president and vice-chancellor Robert Campbell will preside over the ceremonies.

“The Class of 2014 is an exceptional group of students, who are moving on to many wonderful paths,” Dr. Campbell said in a news release. “Throughout their time here they have contributed greatly to the Mount Allison community through their academic successes and community and philanthropic outreach. We look forward to welcoming them, and our outstanding honorary degree recipients, to the Allisonian community as proud alumni.”

 Honours psychology student and Gold A winner Thomas Williams of Miramichi, N.B. was selected by his peers as the 2014 valedictorian. Williams will return to campus in the fall as the university’s mental health outreach intern in the Wellness Centre.

A number of events will be open to the public over Convocation and Reunion Weekend.

Halifax-based funk band the Mellotones will perform at Jennings Hall on Friday, at 9:30 p.m. while the annual Garnet & Gold Gala, featuring live music, will be held in the Wallace McCain Student Centre on Saturday starting at 10 p.m.

Tickets for both events are available at the door. 

The Class of 2014, in partnership with Mount Allison and the Metallic family, has also organized a presentation in honour of their classmate Chris Metallic (’14), who was reported missing in November 2012.

Members of the Class of 2014 will be presenting their class gift, an oak tree, which will be planted in Chris’s honour.

The ceremony will take place on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in front of Bigelow and Bennett residences (corner of York and Salem Streets) with members of Chris’s family in attendance.

 An opening reception for the Fine Arts Graduating Students’ Exhibition will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Owens Art Gallery, and Colville House, an interpretive centre devoted to renowned Canadian artist and Allisonian the late Alex Colville, will be open Friday to Monday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Convocation Weekend Recital, presented by graduating music students, is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday in Brunton Auditorium in the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music, and Tintamarre, Mount Allison’s bilingual theatre troupe, will present VILLAGES on May 11 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Tweedie Hall.


2014 Mount Allison University honorary degree recipients — bios


John de Chastelain 

During a 40-year military career, Ret. General de Chastelain, OC, served in Canada, Germany, Cyprus, and England. His senior command appointments included Commander of Canadian Forces Base Montreal during the 1976 Olympics, the Canadian UN Contingent in Cyprus, the Fourth Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Lahr Germany, the Mobile Command Division, and Commandant of RMC Kingston. In 1989 he was promoted General and appointed Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), a position he held during the end of the Cold War, the First Gulf War, the war in the Balkans and the events at Oka, Quebec. In 1992 he was appointed Canada’s 18th Ambassador to the United States.

In 1995 de Chastelain was named as one of three international Chairmen involved in the Northern Ireland peace process, chairing talks that led to the 1998 Belfast Agreement.  He remained there as chairman of the body charged with decommissioning paramilitary arms in Northern Ireland in 2011. He continues to serve on various boards, committees, and special working groups and has received many national and international honours.



Dawn MacNutt

Renowned Nova Scotia artist and sculptor Dawn MacNutt is a graduate of Mount Allison University (Class of ’57). MacNutt was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 2008 and is a member of the International Sculpture Centre, the Nova Scotia Designer Craftsmen (Master Artisan), and Visual Arts Nova Scotia. She served as national director for the Canadian Craft Council from 1983-87.

MacNutt has led workshops and seminars in Canada and USA and served on local and national juries. Her career has been the subject of many published articles and reviews, and a filmed documentary.

MacNutt has also given her time and treasure to her alma mater, as a long-time member of the University’s alumni board and 2007 recipient of the Charles Frederick Allison Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to the Mount Allison community.


Paul Martin

Former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and MP for LaSalle-Émard (Montreal) the Right Honourable Paul Martin served on Parliament Hill for 20 years. During his tenure he achieved five consecutive budget surpluses and introduced some of the largest tax cuts in Canadian history.

In 1999 Martin was named inaugural chair of the Finance Ministers’ G-20 and as Prime Minister, he led several important initiatives including the Kelowna Accord and the Civil Marriage Act.

Since leaving office, Martin has done extensive work in Africa, including sitting on the advisory council of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa. He is also a commissioner for the Global Ocean Commission, and, with his family, co-founded the Martin Aboriginal Initiative in Canada.

Prior to entering politics, Martin enjoyed a distinguished career in the private sector, holding positions with the Power Corporation of Canada in Montreal, and the CSL Group.

Organizations: Mount Allison University, CBC News, Garnet Gold Gala Wallace McCain Student Centre Colville House Canadian Forces UN Brigade Group Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts International Sculpture Centre Canadian Craft Council Finance Ministers Coalition for Dialogue on Africa Global Ocean Commission Martin Aboriginal Initiative Power Corporation of Canada CSL Group

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Canada, Montreal Miramichi Germany Cyprus United States Northern Ireland York Brunton Auditorium England Balkans Quebec Africa

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