New JAC science building named after Anne-Marie Edward
May 1st, 2013
After graduating with a DEC in Pure and Applied Science from John Abbott College in 1988, the world seemed open to Anne-Marie Edward but her life was cut too short in the senseless tragedy of 14 young women at École Polytechnique de l'Université de Montréal on Dec. 6, 1989.
Edward was a dynamic young woman who enjoyed skiing and extreme sports as well as being part of JAC's Student Congress. "Anne-Marie was a well rounded young lady with boundless enthusiasm and energy," explained Debbie Cribb, Communications Officer for the college. "She embraced life with and grace and passion whether she was rock climbing, playing the piano, downhill skiing or helping young people with intellectual disabilities."
After the construction of the college's new science building, the one item missing on the new futuristic structure was a name and last Wednesday evening, dignitaries and Anne-Marie's family, including her mother and father, Suzanne Laplante Edward and Jim Edward as well as her brother Jim and his young family were present for a ceremony naming the new science building in Anne-Marie's honour.
Joanne Simoneau-Polenz, chairperson of JAC's board of governors, officially announced the Anne-Marie Edward Science Building.
“We are proud to have the Anne-Marie Edward Science Building as yet another milestone in John Abbott College history” noted JAC Director General Ginette Sheehy. “Each of our buildings on Campus is named after a noteworthy Canadian and we feel that Anne-Marie is certainly a fitting and inspirational addition to this list.
"It is our hope that Anne-Marie's memory will live on, not only in our minds and hearts, but also in the landscape of the College that was once her own,” explained Sheehy.
"That those who walk these halls and learn in these classrooms feel her spirit and energy, her optimism and confidence as they turn to a future filled with peace and possibilities," added Cribb.
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