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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
7:00 pm MST

When lifetime distinguished alumni award recipient Anne Kendrew was first working as a nurse fifty years ago, the medical community had very different views on maternal and infant care. Kendrew was instrumental in advocating for two programs that have significantly improved pediatric care for Albertans.

Given her strong commitment to ethical business practices and community building, outstanding alumni achievement award recipient Sharilyn Amy made the difficult decision to take a stand against corruption when developing Oceana Patagonia, an award-winning eco-hotel in Argentina.

Join us on November 24 to hear these amazing and inspiring stories of two alumnae who changed lives by changing the status quo.


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Meet the Host

Mercedes Brown

Mercedes Brown migrated to Canada as an international student from Jamaica where she attended Mount Royal University. She is a Masters-prepared Registered Nurse with a specialty in ostomy and wound care, working at Rockyview General Hospital. Mercedes is a member of the MRU Alumni Council, and was also a 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. Mercedes has also been an active mentor in the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program.


Meet the Presenters

Sharilyn Amy

Since Sharilyn Amy graduated from Mount Royal in 1995 she has lived and worked all over the world, achieved her MBA, built a number of businesses, and volunteered widely throughout her communities.

Since 2015, Sharilyn has been owner/developer of Océano Patagonia.  Amy and her business partner designed and developed this award-winning eco-hotel in the heart of Peninsula Valdés, a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage site and wildlife reserve in Patagonia, Argentina. Amy was recognized with a Canadian Women of Inspiration Award in 2019. 

Sharilyn Amy is the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Achievement.


Anne Kendrew

Anne Kendrew was among the 25 students accepted to Mount Royal College’s first Diploma in Nursing Program, graduating in 1969. Her nursing career took her to hospitals in Calgary, Bakersfield California, San Francisco, the Northwest Territories, Edmonton, High River, and Grimshaw, until she retired in June 2016. 

Much of Kendrew’s career was spent working in pediatric nursing, particularly in labour and delivery, and included ten formative years as the Nursing Unit Supervisor at the Holy Cross Intensive Care Nursery. It was here that she helped establish practices that transformed how hospitals care for babies and mothers.

For her incredible contributions to the care of mothers and infants, her dedication to building empathy and connection with patients, and commitment to passing it on to future generations of nurses, Anne is this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award.