Sunday, June 3, 2012

Catherine Seward

Mentor in lifelong learning

“I’ve learned that I’ve got to have patience with myself, and that I could never give up, even when I was sick and I wanted to give up.”  — Catherine Seward

Fulfilled a lifelong dream when she graduated from high school while she was in her 60s;  she was valedictorian of her graduating class.

Now at 80 years old, she has reached her next milestone — graduating from Carleton University with an English degree in June 2012. It took her 11 years to complete her BA due to obstacles such as illness and course load.

As a teenager, she became ill and had to stop attending high school. She later took stenography courses and worked many years as a civil servant and later moved to Toronto to work for a life insurance company. She eventually moved back to Ottawa where she married and raised a family.

She has now finished her very first short story and plans to keep writing and possibly publishing her work. 

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