Editor: It was nice to see that the University of Prince Edward Island took time out to acknowledge the contributions of the former President Wade MacLauchlan, Mike Reid and the late Bob MacAulay and Janice Robertson.
Unfortunately what UPEI, the president and board of governors need to understand is wealth is not measured by money or bricks and mortar; it is measured by our relationships. Post secondary institutions are places where young people find themselves in an institution of self-discovery. A place where wonderful people like Bob and Janice worked for decades to guide the journey with compassion, understanding and a steady caring hand.
I had the greatest respect for each of these people, but Janice and Bob touched each and every professor, staff member and student that could never be measured. I witnessed how people loved Janice and Bob and I grew to love them as well.
When institutions like UPEI lose such warm-hearted souls, a little part of us all dies, as they are irreplaceable. Value is not measured by money but by the journey.
So when you consider building monuments for efforts or services by former presidents think carefully next time that people make the greatest impacts to students’ experiences and successes. You will never replace the work ethic, caring and compassion that these two wonderful people exhibited on a daily basis. So many people and I proudly called Bob and Janice friends.
A well-organized ceremony acknowledging their immeasurable contributions along with a wonderful monument and picture in a square would be a very fitting tribute. I am sure many would agree.
Former UPEI women’s soccer coach