Thinking about the many people and organizations Joan has become involved with during her career in volunteering, including The Study School Foundation, she feels rewarded with the social life volunteering provides as well as the exposure to new interests. Today Joan is happily surrounded by her children and four grandchildren; Caroline, Charlie, Nigel and Winston, and knows that her life has been deeply enriched by her volunteer work in healthcare, education and the arts. Her contributions have not gone without recognition. In 2014 she was made a member of the Order of Canada, and The Study recognizes the great impact of Joan’s years of volunteer service, by celebrating her as the 2015 Judy Elder Alumna Award Recipient.
Saluting Extraordinary Alumnae
Each year The Study celebrates its successful alumnae with awards and recognition. The prestigious Judy Elder Alumna Award, in honour of Judy Elder ’71, is bestowed annually to a distinguished alumna, the Young Alumna Distinction Award, created in our centennial year, is presented every five years to an alumna under the age of 40, and many alumnae from a variety of backgrounds and professions are profiled in our Trillium magazine to celebrate, inspire and motivate others.
In 2003, The Study created a special award in honour of Judy Elder (Class of ‘71), presented on an annual basis to a Study alumna who has distinguished herself in her chosen field of endeavour and who embodies the values that Judy embraced: heart-based leadership, ambition to excel in a chosen field, courage to break new ground and commitment to teach and inspire through mentorship.
- 2022 Vicky Stikeman Class of 1978
- 2021 Mrs. Diana St. Barbe (Harrison) Weatherall, Class of 1952
- 2020 Ms. Gillian Riley, Class of 1985
- 2019 Ms. Corry Terfloth , Class of 1974
- 2018 Ms. Jane Yuile, Class of 1973
- 2017 The Rev. Prof. Dr. Patricia Kirkpatrick, Class of 1972
- 2016 - Dr. Astrid Guttmann, Class of 1982
- 2015 Mrs. Joan (Fraser) Ivory, Class of 1951
- 2014 Dr. Margaret DeJong, Class of 1970
- 2013 Justice Sarah Pepall, Class of 1969
- 2012 Dr. Melanie Barwick, Class of 1981
- 2011 Mrs. Phyllis (Bronfman,) Lambert, Class of 1944
- 2010 Mrs. Joan (Mason) Dougherty, Class of 1943
- 2009 Mrs. Judith (Dobell) Berlyn, Class of 1953
- 2008 Ms. Marianne McKenna, Class of 1968
- 2007 Mrs. Barbara (Birks) Wybar, Class of 1964
- 2006 Mrs. Patricia (Carson) Claxton, Class of 1947
- 2005 Ms. Carolyn Kerrigan, Class of 1968
- 2004 Mrs. Susie (Cape) Ruttan '69
- 2003 Ms. Janina Fialkowska, Class of 1967
Vicky Stikeman '78 - Business Coach, Athlete and Mother
Vicky Stikeman '78 attributes her understanding of what ambition means to Judy’s mentorship; to push herself out of her comfort zone and find new learning curves and experiences - to continue to grow and learn. Vicky has been described as an exceptional, courageous, and empathetic woman who brings the best out of everyone she meets. Vicky embraces the same qualities and values as Judy did: she leads with her heart, is willing to take a risk and challenge the conventional, is outstanding in her profession and is willing to pay it forward to the next generation.
Professionally, Vicky has held several senior marketing positions in the financial services and telecom industries for over 20 years prior to establishing her own coaching practice 18 year ago. Today she is a Senior Executive Coach with vast business experience in marketing strategy, branding, and communications. As a pragmatic business coach, Vicky focuses on the client as a leader and how they develop and execute strategy. She is supportive yet tough and challenges her clients to move forward.
As an ICF certified coach, Vicky also donates her time to Up With Women, a growing charity dedicated to helping recently homeless and at-risk women to build sustainable businesses with the aim of permanently exiting poverty. She is an advocate for MS awareness and shared her powerful story at the Women Against MS fundraiser in 2019.
Vicky has led an active life, challenging herself through athletic pursuits including open water competitive swimming, hiking the Himalayas and kayaking the High Artic 40 miles south of the North Pole. Shortly after she was diagnosed with secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This has not stopped her from living a full and active life and is an inspiration to all.
DIANA WEATHERALL ’52 – COMMUNITY SERVICE AND PHILANTHROPY
After undergoing emergency brain surgery at age 16, Diana Weatherall was left paralyzed on her right side and spent three years learning how to walk and talk again. Her innate ability of bringing people together helped propel her into a successful political career, where she spent years as vice-president of the Liberal Party’s Quebec wing and advised the Prime Minister’s office on grassroots concerns. Diana was also very involved with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and often organized school tours and workshops for students. In the late seventies, she also joined Operation Lifeline, an organization that helped support 50,000 refugees from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Not only did she volunteer daily and help hundreds of people find jobs, she also opened up her own home to a family of eight. No matter what Diana did – she did from the heart. Even though she preferred working behind the scenes, Diana impacted many lives. Whether it was advocating for gender equality and female involvement in politics, supporting the arts, or helping a family in need, Diana had the ability to make things happen.
GILLIAN RILEY '85 - BANKING
As President and CEO of Tangerine Bank and EVP of Scotiabank, Gillian is recognized for her profound contributions in advancing female inclusivity in the workplace and for her notable leadership within corporate Canada. She established The Scotiabank Women Initiative – a program that strives to strengthen equality and support for Canada's women entrepreneurs by providing women-owned, women-led businesses with access to capital, mentorship and education. Beyond this, Gillian contributes immensely to her community in areas such as health, youth issues and gender equality. She is a past President of the Canadian Club of Toronto and a Director of the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation. She was recently named a Catalyst Honours Champion for 2020 and is a two-time award recipient of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).
CORRY TERFloth '74 - ACTIVISM and PHILANTHROPY
MS. Jane Yuile '73 - business and finance
The Rev. Prof. Dr. Patricia Kirkpatrick '72 - ANGLICAN priest and professor
Dr. Astrid Guttmann '82 - MEDICAL doctor, professor and researcher
Dr. Margaret DeJong '70 - CHILD and adolescent psychiatrist
Justice Sarah "Sally" Pepall '69 - lawyer and ontario court of appeal
Sarah became one of the first women in Canada to lead a large commercial law firm when she was elected to management at McMillan Binch and ultimately became its managing partner. She also volunteered for many years with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, eventually becoming its President in 1997. In 1999, she accepted a position as Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario. She became leader of the Commercial List in 2006, administering one of Canada’s most sophisticated courts and presiding over numerous significant Canadian commercial cases. She also served as President of the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association for a maximum two-year term. Sarah was elevated to the Ontario Court of Appeal in April, 2012.
Dr. Melanie Barwick '81 - psychologist and associate scientist
Phyllis (Bronfman) Lambert '44 - architect and founding director of the canadian centre of architecture (CCA)
Phyllis Lambert, architect, is Founding Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montréal, an international research centre and museum founded in 1979 on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Lambert first made architectural history as the Director of Planning of the Seagram Building (1954-58) in New York City. She is recognized internationally for her contribution in advancing contemporary architecture, for her concern for the social issues of urban conservation and for the role of architecture in the public realm, and for the programs of the CCA.
Joan (Mason) Dougherty '43 - EDUCATIONAL ADVOCATE
Upon graduation in 1943, I entered McGill where physics and biology captured my interest. I graduated with a B.Sc. in 1947 and went to MIT in Boston where I spent a year studying Biophysics. My decision to marry Donald Dougherty brought me back to Montreal where I completed my M.Sc. in 1950. Two months later, my first child was born. I had three other children in quick succession, with a fifth child arriving a bit later, so childcare became a full-time occupation.
My voluntary activity grew out of a need for a weekly escape from the home routine. I joined the Junior League of Montreal where I learned about the community and how to contribute in a personal way to its betterment. This was the springboard of my entry into the work of the whole gamut of community organizations.
Judith (Dobell) Berlyn '53 - Peace activist
Judy has worked at community, national and international levels, having served on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Peace Alliance since 1987 and having attended the parallel NGO conference at the 1992 Rio Summit on the Environment and Development, where she was instrumental in drafting two of a series of highly-regarded People’s treaties. She has also worked with international NGOs at UN Headquarters in New York, in preparation for meetings on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Judy has taken many young women under her wing over the years, sharing her wisdom about key issues and strategies to influence politicians, the media and the general public; thereby providing generations of young women with tools to engage in the delicate art of political persuasion.
Judy is well known for fearlessly challenging the status quo with politicians, ambassadors and top government officials. In particular, she is respected for raising the ethical dimensions and human consequences of arms deployment.
Marianne McKenna '68 - architect
Marianne McKenna ’68 is a founding partner of the award-winning practice of KPMB Architects. Born in Montreal and educated at Swarthmore College (B.A. 1972) and Yale University (M. Arch. 1976), Marianne was given the Judy Elder Alumna Award by The Study in 2008.
The architecture of concert halls and how design is used to engage community has been Marianne’s special focus for over 20 years, beginning with the Royal Conservatory in 1990. Completed in 2009, the award-winning Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning is described as the ‘jewel in the crown of Toronto’s Cultural Renaissance.”
Barbara (Birks) Wybar '64 - Advocate for african education
Barbara has become a formidable force in The African Great Lakes initiative. Barbara has worked with others to support the Buduha Hope Technical Institute, raising funds and resources for the Children of Hope sponsorship program and the vocational skills high school project in the rural village of Buduha, in eastern Uganda.
A natural caregiver, Barbara has devoted herself to her two passions: children and education. In 2006 she witnessed the opening of the 200-student Buduha Hope Technical Institute that teaches useful skills such as brick laying, tailoring, carpentry and nursery training.
Patricia (Carson) Claxton '47 - TRANSLATOR
Patricia Claxton is one of Canada’s most respected French-to-English translators, who has translated more than 20 books and countless articles, essays, short stories and poems.
She is perhaps most well known for her connection with the grande dame of Canadian and Québec literature - Gabrielle Roy.
In 1987 Patricia was presented with the Governor General’s Award for her translation of Roy’s posthumous autobiography and in 1999 she was honoured with a second Governor General’s Award for her translation of Gabrielle Roy, a Life, by François Ricard.
Carolyn Kerrigan '68 - Plastic surgeon
Carolyn is a renowned plastic surgeon. She is considered a leader in carpel tunnel surgery and also specializes in post-mastectomy reconstructive breast surgery.
A graduate of McGill University’s Medical School, Carolyn is currently Professor of Surgery at Dartmouth College
She has held numerous leadership positions, including President of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and has served on more than 20 medical associations and boards.
As the mother of five teenage boys, Carolyn also has firsthand experience with the challenge of juggling career and family life.
Susie (Cape) Ruttan '69 - Teacher & SOcial activist
Susie is a former teacher and the mother of three children. In 1998, confronting her heartbreak at her 15-year-old son’s bi-polar disorder and resulting heroin addiction, Susie and her husband started a group for families of drug users called From Grief to Action.
She played a pivotal leadership role, organizing public forums, lobbying politicians and raising awareness of drug addiction as a health problem.
Susie’s tireless efforts earned her the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003 and in 2002 she was a finalist for the YMCA Women of Distinction Award.
Janina Fialkowska '67 - CONCErt pianist
Janina is a world-class concert pianist. In 2002 her performing and recording career was dealt a severe blow when a malignant tumor was removed from her left arm. Janina marshaled her courage and continued performing music written for one-handed pianists.
In 2003 she underwent a second round of reconstructive surgery, where muscles from her back were used to replace those in her damaged arm.
At a gala recital in February 2004, Janina resumed her international career, performing as a two-handed pianist.
In her last year at The Study, in addition to the drama club, she was a house head of Mu Gamma, Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook, worked on the library committee and played on the basketball team.
The Ivory Family, a Study legacy family enjoying three generations of Study girls, are the 2018–2019 Study Builders. Caroline ’16 is daughter to Sarah Ivory ’78 and Guthrie Stewart. Sarah is daughter to Joan (Fraser) Ivory ’51 and Neil Ivory. Joan, whose commitment to The Study began in the early 1970s, has been an active and constant supporter. Her initial role as President of The Study Old Girls’ Association shifted to the school’s newly established Endowment Fund, becoming Vice-Chair and eventually Chair of The Study School Foundation. Joan has continued to maintain her support of, and membership with, the Foundation ever since. When asked why it was important to support The Study, Joan replied: “When my daughter Sarah was born, Martha Hallward ’48 (Study Builder 2015-2016) telephoned me and said, “I hear that you’ve had a daughter. Congratulations! It’s not too early to start helping The Study, so I’ve added you to our money-raising committee and I’ll expect you at the meeting at my house next Tuesday morning.”
Joan’s daughter Sarah followed in her mother’s footsteps. Sarah’s passionate and loyal support of her alma mater and its vision was consistently reflected in how she channeled her time as an invaluable member of The Study’s Board of Governors, assuming roles on various Board committees, and being elected as the Board’s Secretary and eventually as Vice-Chair of the Board in 2011. Not only has the Ivory Family given of their time and expertise as volunteer leaders, the family’s generous financial support over many decades, impacting two major campaigns, has been significant. Always willing to offer valuable advice, remind others of the importance of the school’s history with a hilarious anecdotal story, lend a hand, attend an event, or support an initiative, the Ivory Family truly represent Study Builders, as their leadership, generosity and dedication has, indeed, spanned decades, having left an indelible mark on life at The Study. Congratulations to the Ivory Family and a heartfelt thank you from the entire Study community!
The Hallward Family is a legacy Study family, enjoying three generations of Study girls. Laura ’11 is daughter to Karma (Price) Hallward ’77 and John Hallward. John is son to Martha (Fisher) Hallward ’48 and Hugh G. Hallward.
Martha’s commitment to The Study has spanned decades, by being an integral part of The Study Old Girls’ Association, Board of Governors and The Study School Foundation. Martha’s daughter-in-law and Study Old Girl, Karma, continued in Martha’s footsteps with her involvement on The Study Old Girl Association, and as a Class Parent of the Study Parent Association. And John, continuing the family’s tradition of service, has been an invaluable, engaged and committed Director of The Study School Foundation since 2008.
Proud Study alumna, and lifetime active member of the Westmount community, Barbara Whitley from the class of 1936 was honoured by her alma mater as the 4th recipient of The Study's prestigious Builder's Award. A devoted Old Girl and loyal supporter of the school, Barbara Whitley was applauded for her remarkable energy, legendary fundraising talents and her passion for The Study and its unique place in the community. Miss Whitley was one of the founders of The Study School Foundation in 1974 and a tireless fundraiser for the school's capital campaign and Endowment Fund. "Miss Whitley is truly a visionary fundraiser, so deserving of this special recognition," said Nancy Sweer, Head of School at The Study.
This award, established for our Centennial year, recognizes a young alumna before her 40th birthday, for her outstanding achievements in academia, business and/or for her contributions to the betterment of society.
A young alumna will be recognized with this award every five years. The next recipient will be honoured in 2025.
Andréanne represented Canada at three Olympic Games in the Women’s 8 in rowing, winning a silver medal in London in 2012, finishing 4th in Beijing in 2008 and 7th in Athens in 2004. She participated in seven World Championships and climbed onto the podium with back to back silver medals in 2010 and 2011 and earned a bronze medal in 2003.
From 2011 to 2017, she served two terms on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Athlete Committee where she defended the rights of clean athletes, revised the World Anti-doping Code and contributed to the drafting of the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights. Since 2018, Andréanne sits on the Ethics Committee for WADA and on occasion on the Disciplinary Committee for International Standard for Laboratories.
A graduate from Princeton University with a bachelor’s in politics and economics, Andréanne pursued Law at the Université of Montréal. She worked as a corporate and mergers and acquisition lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Montréal until 2018, and currently works as investment counsel for Tikehau Capital in Paris.
While at The Study, Caroline was an avid debater and co-organizer of The Study Model United Nations Conference with Julia Deutsch ’08. She was also a member of the Shalheveth Freier Physics Team that proceeded to win in Israel (with former classmates Lara De Stefano, Tiffany Madon, Amanda McCoubrey, Julie D’Aoust and coach Ms. Kelly Miller). Caroline played Oliver in Oliver Twist and was a proud member, Sports Captain, and Head of Delta Beta. In her final year at The Study, Caroline was selected by the British Council as one of the three Canadian International Climate Champions to attend the G8+5 Environment Ministers’ Meeting in Kobe, Japan. Upon returning to Canada, she and other Climate Champions, including Julie D’Aoust ’08 mobilized a national eco-week that involved more than 13,000 students. For her environmental activities, Caroline was a recipient of the 2009 Top 20 Under 20 Award which annually recognizes 20 of Canada’s youth who have a meaningful impact on society via outstanding leadership, innovation and accomplishments.
After graduating from The Study, Caroline attended the Arts and Science program at Marianopolis College and then went on to Princeton University. At Princeton, she majored at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and pursued certificates (minors) in both Environmental Studies and East Asian Studies. She also chaired SURGE, Princeton’ largest environmental group, and organized Princeton’s first large-scale Earth Day celebration, which included a speech from the UN Roving Ambassador for Climate Change, and involved over a dozen on- campus and off-campus groups.