Sr. Anne Schenck Receives the Richard Alway Award
"For 2009, we recognize an individual who has served her religious community, the cause of Catholic education, our great city and our brothers and sisters in Christ," said Steven Williams, past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors on May 28th at a reception in Brennan Hall. "She has served as teacher across Ontario, principal, teacher of principals, advocate and administrator." Sr. Anne is pictured above centre, holding her award granted by the University of St. Michael's College Alumni Association, with left to right, Steven, and Sisters Mechtilde O’Mara, Marie Kilcullen and Mary Fatta.
Steve went on to state that the Richard Alway Award for which Sr. Anne was nominated recognizes outstanding contributions to society by a member of St. Michael’s College alumni who had been part of that association for over five years; demonstrated the highest character, made significant contribution to society and brought both esteem to herself and honour to the College.
"She became involved in work with refugees at the Herron Place Refugee Centre," wrote award nominator Stella Buck about Sr. Anne. "When it closed, she recognized the need of families who need help establishing a home in the community. So she started the Furniture Bank."
A video of Sr. Anne’s life and accomplishments was shown to all in attendance.
In her thanks for the award, Sr. Anne express gratitude to the many people who shared in this recognition including the Sisters of St. Joseph, "who called forth more gifts than I knew I had."
She then asked for financial help for the Furniture Bank, who will have to move again next year and, in the interest of financial stability, will need to raise funds to buy a building, which would involve a one-million-dollar down payment.
Article and photo by Gisela Côté