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Your Story:
My time as a NPSIA student was made all the more enjoyable by Vivian's quick-to-help attitude. She was a core member of the NPSIA family and she will be missed. A great professional and an even better person. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Iyad


Added: May 5, 2011
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Your Story:
Our memories of Vivian will always be important to us. She befriended us when we all lived on Esplanade, on Fletcher's Field, not long after we had arrived in Montreal in 1968. In her role, in those days, as the vastly more experienced young mother, her sympathetic ear and wise counsel were such a great help during some difficult days.
We will never forget the story of how Vivian invented her own formula for converting miles to kilometers while on a trip to England - at age six!
Vivian will always be remembered by us as a key figure in our introduction to Canada. Her intelligence and educated views helped us gain a perspective on some of the complexities and peculiarities of the Canadian federation.
Even though we had not been in touch for too long, it was always a comfort knowing that Vivian was out there. We are greatly saddened by the knowledge that that is no longer the case.


Added: May 5, 2011
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Your Story:
I first met Vivian on Easter Weekend five years ago. I had been accepted to NPSIA but had some doubts about whether the school was the right choice for me so I decided to make a visit (parents in tow). Being a Friday afternoon, Dunton Tower was quiet, but Vivian was in the Resource Centre and took time to introduce me (and my parents) to the school and quell my fears about attending. I remember walking out of Dunton Tower feeling less intimidated and commenting to my parents about what a lovely person Vivian was. Of course, they agreed and still remember her from that day.

Vivian helped me out again a year later when I was trying to decide which department to choose for my summer co-op position. At the time, it felt like a monumental decision and after patiently listening to me discuss all the pros and cons, Vivian offered me her advice and essentially told me to 'go with my gut', which I did. My decision altered my career path in a fairly substantial way, but I have never regretted it. For this, I will always be greatful for Vivian's willingness to listen, her thoughfulness and her sage advice. She will be missed.


Added: April 19, 2011
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Your Story:
I remember talking to Vivian a few times, about anything and everything. Having the common thread of Vancouver (me being from there, and her having family there) was the starting point, but we got to many topics beyond that since. From having her son in law invent this really cool banana holder, to her adventures in Africa. She was an amazing woman, with a heart of gold and a wild and courageous spirit. We exchanged emails after her retirement. I can't believe she is gone. She will be missed, but she leaves behind a wonderful legacy of what a fully lived life should look like.

Added: April 19, 2011
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Your Story:
Moving to Ottawa for graduate school was a nerve-wracking time in my life. Having grown up in Ghana I not only dreaded being away from my family for two years, but also the legendarily cold temperatures of our capital city. Hopelessly dazed and confused I wandered the halls of Dunton tower trying to figure out all the administrative regulations that needed to be completed before I began classes. Providence had me wander into Vivian's office. "Your last name is Mensah?" she responded after I had introduced myself. "You must be from Ghana! Come here and let me show you something." She proceed to usher me into the resource centre and show me the Kente cloth that adorned the cabinets, and began to chat about how much she had enjoyed her time in Ghana. My fears began to dissipate as she gently explained all the little tricks that would help to make my NPSIA experience less intimidating. From that day on I would pop by her office weekly, partially for guidance but mostly because I felt I was her special favourite from Ghana. :) The thing I've realized in hindsight, is that we were all her special favourites. Knowing the fears that come from being far from home, and the nerves that come with graduate studies, she endeavoured to give us that extra bit of support and encouragement so that we might continue to aspire to change the world.
 
Vivian was truly a great lady, with a heart for the world, and a deeply caring spirit. She will be deeply missed!
 
Sincerely,
Elizabeth


Added: April 18, 2011
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Vivian had a gift for making each of us feel like we belonged to a family, and years later I am still benefiting from her advice and direction. My thoughts are with her own family, and in particular her son of whom she was so proud.
 
Meghan


Added: April 18, 2011
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Your Story:
I was at NPSIA from 1996-98, and I fondly remember her kindness, her immense capacity for helping others, her resourcefulness, her sharp wit, and her amazing memory.  She was able, close to ten years after I graduated, remember me on sight, and remember details of my career and what I studied.  Truly remarkable, given the number of students who passed through the resource centre during the intervening years.

Added: April 18, 2011
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Your Story:
I am so sorry to hear this shocking news. I was a NPSIA student from China between Jan. 1993-Sept. 1994 and working at the resource center during that period. I can still remember Vivian's smiles and talking, her teaching me how to complete all kinds of miscellaneous jobs for books, documents, and photocopied reading materials at the resource center. It was a wonderful experience for my short-than-2-year stay in Canada over 16 year ago. I guess all the students from NPSIA have shared her compassion, optimism, and sense of responsibility.
 
Though I cannot attend the celebration by myself, please pass this piece of deepest and heartfelt condolesence to her husband and her family from across the Pacific.
 
Thanks and best regards,
Shen, Tao


Added: April 18, 2011
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Your Story:
Vivian was really one of the pillars of NPSIA. When I first went to Sri Lanka with WUSC, her husband Patrick got an assignment there and I was able to meet up with Patrick & Vivian. She was a very positive and constructive influence for us as students and also for the difficult challenges that come with working in the development field.
 
Sincerely,
Mary Heather White


Added: April 18, 2011
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Your Story:
What a sad news to get she was a great communicator and very kind. It is a big loss for the NPSIA community. really a sad day.
 
tsegay


Added: April 18, 2011
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