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14. Susan Cunliffe-Hendricks (LGB 1969)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi 9 septembre 2014
Susan Cunliffe-Hendricks1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
1967-1969

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father was with the Canadian Consulate, working in its Immigration Branch. The family came to Geneva while Dad opened the first Canadian Consulate in what was then, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. My father joined us in Geneva six months later where the family remained for another 18 months.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?

We had so many wonderful teachers at Ecolint, it is difficult to say which one. Mme Briquet fostered an existing love of English literature, Mr. Knight introduced me to European history and M. Achkar developed my pitiful knowledge of French so that I was not only able to comprehend but love the works of Andre Gide, Lamartine, Jacques Prevert and Baudelaire. One of my favourite words in French, to this day, is “crepuscule.”

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
My favourite spot was the Greek Theatre. Having come from a typical Canadian high school with new buildings and playing fields, it was refreshing and eye-opening for me to find an ancient historical structure replicated and used in the present day.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
Without a doubt, the Swiss mountains and the majesty of the Matterhorn. Their ageless beauty and grandeur remind me that I am only a small speck on the horizon of life.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I am married to a former Guyanese and have lived in Winnipeg, MB for the past five years. Our main reason for moving there was to assist in child-minding our grandchildren, but I am also involved with Hospice and Palliative Care MB in both fundraising and providing bereavement support to clients. I return to Ontario once a year to facilitate a bereavement retreat for mothers who have lost a child/ren to death.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
More of the same! Continue to stress the importance of an internationalist or multi-focused approach to the understanding of all subjects that are taught.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?

The international atmosphere at Ecolint – is a cherished gift if you choose to accept it.  It helps us to see the world as ONE, and recognize that we all are citizens of this beautiful planet. From there we may come to understand that territorial wars and ranking of countries in some list of importance are simply not a constructive approach to problem solving.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?

I remember the school paper was named Alexandre and at least one issue carried the quotation that went something like: “I think that since life is action and passion, then I must engage in the action and passion of my generation in order to be judged as having lived.” Was it from Jean-Jacques Rousseau? It is how I have tried to live my life.

 


 

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