Completing the circle

- June 12, 2008

Professor Karen Mann chats with Heather Sutherland (right), executive director, Student Community Services, and her son, Tyler James. (Nick Pearce Photo)

As a long-serving Dalhousie employee, Karen Mann returned to the President’s House for afternoon tea—retracing a journey she took 50 years ago as a 15-year-old student just beginning university.

“It was all very nice. I remember being very nervous,” recalled Dr. Mann originally from Windsor, N.S. “We were all sitting on chairs and on the floor. The president had all the freshmen over for tea; compared to today, there weren’t that many of us.”

Having just received her 25-year pin from Dalhousie President Tom Traves, Dr. Mann reflected on a long association with Dalhousie, where she got her three degrees and has been employed on and off (to raise her children) since 1967. A professor in the Division of Medical Education at Dalhousie Medical School, she is retiring at the end of the month.

SEE PHOTOS: Spot of tea (Photos by Nick Pearce)

“Coming in here today and thinking about retirement, it feels like a lovely circle,” says Dr. Mann, who mingled with other long-serving employees at the tea last Friday. “I still feel very enthusiastic about Dalhousie and I love the work, but I feel ready for a transition.”

Other Dalhousie employees who nibbled Florentines and sipped tea at the president’s gracious home included:

Paul Amyotte
Jennifer Bankier
Jeanne Breckenridge
Faye Cohen
Paul Duffy
Andrew Finch
David George
Abdelkader Ghaly
Ernst Grundke
Bev Hubley
Pearline Jackson
Elizabeth Lane
Margaret Lapp
Brian Mackay-Lyons
Marilyn Mackay-Lyons
Louise MacDonald
Pat McIntosh
Donna Meagher-Stewart
Brian Miller
Ian Nason
John Pelham
Lynn Power
Dale Retallack
Brenda Smart
Heather Sutherland
Jennifer Wallace
Joanne Wells
Deanna Wentzell
Walter Zukauskas


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