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Sue Piper and Lyn Stephen ’57 (right) enjoy a cup of tea in the school archives, where a plaque has been installed in recognition of their longstanding support.

VOLUNTEERS KEEP SCHOOL ARCHIVES FLOURISHING

By Genevieve Cloutier '03, Alumnae Relations

I write this feature with sincere gratitude. When Lyn Stephen ’57 retired from her work as Balmoral Hall School’s librarian 16 years ago, she began volunteering in School Archives. Almost every week, Lyn has spent her Tuesday mornings preserving precious alumnae memories.  
 

She is now officially “retiring” from her volunteer position as school archivist, and (quietly, as per her request) we are honoured to pay tribute to her many years of dedication.  

Lyn has responded to countless inquiries from alumnae around the world. She has prepared displays for reunions, hosted tours for students, provided resources for teachers, polished trophies for Closing Exercises, and catalogued hundreds of items.  

Sue Piper, a retired Kindergarten teacher, began assisting Lyn a few years ago and shares the joy of receiving a new donation. Sometimes, the addition is a pin, a blazer, a House tie, or a ring. As well, alumnae have given photos, yearbooks, newspaper articles, and even entire scrapbooks! Sue notes that every week is a walk down memory lane and that care is taken with every item received to honour the person who thought of the school with their donation.  

In Summer 2019, one such donation was received from Caroline Ramsay, the daughter of Margaret (Killick) Ramsay RLS ’47. Along with a charming letter from Caroline, the package contained yearbooks, crests, a scrapbook, a ring, and two pins, one of which Sue mentioned we had never seen before in the archives! Margaret passed away in January 2020, and her obituary is included in this edition of In Memoriam. Her memory lives on in School Archives, along with so many others’, and we thank Caroline for thinking of us.
 
If you have an item to donate to School Archives, please contact us at alumnae@balmoralhall.ca or (204) 794-1616.
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Balmoral Hall School

630 Westminster Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  R3C 3S1
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Our mission at Balmoral Hall School is to inspire girls' imagination and the courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care.

We are an independent day and boarding school, offering an exceptional all-girls education from child care, starting at age 2, to Grade 12.