Newall's honoured

Margaret and Ted Newall with their 2007 
student bursary recipients.

In all aspects of their life, Ted and Margaret Newall embody the belief that contributing to a community is what makes you part of a community. They are active supporters of creating change – especially in strengthening solutions to social and community challenges.

Before moving to Calgary in the early 1990’s, they left their mark on many communities across Canada. Both grew up in Saskatchewan and attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. After university, they got married and left the Prairies to take on the big eastern cities of Montreal and Toronto.          

Ted set to work in the corporate world and made his way through the ranks to become chairman, president and CEO of DuPont Canada. Margaret took on more of a grass roots approach to changing the community. She worked with a small group to set up the first permanent library in the Montreal suburb of Roxboro, and later successfully lobbied school boards to allow the transfer of taxes so that the family’s children could attend French school. It was during her years as a teacher that she became aware of family violence and the damage it can cause.

When the Newalls moved to Calgary they wasted no time becoming part of this community. Margaret volunteered with the Alberta Coalition Against Pornography, an organization that sought to combat violence in the community. She then became a founding member and key volunteer for the Prairieaction Foundation. The foundation raises funds to sustain Prairie-wide research into issues of violence and abuse. Ted, along with being involved in the Prairieaction Foundation, was co-chair of the United WayCalgary’s Children’s Initiative. They were also both strong supporters of the Sheriff King Women’s Shelter.

They have been and remain close friends of the U of C; both received honorary degrees in 2003 in recognition of all they’ve done for our community. Ted and Margaret truly believe in providing new and innovative ways to increase access to education for students.

As part of the U of C 40th anniversary celebrations, they supported the Take your Place campaign by providing funding for the makeover of the Faculty of Social Work student lounge, which opened in November 2006.

In 1997, they established an endowment to create the Margaret and Ted Newall Bursaries to support the studies of young people from rural communities. The bursaries are awarded each year to 20 students who make the move to Calgary to further their education, and over the past decade more than 180 students have received the Newalls’ generous support.

At an event held at the U of C on November 1, many of these students were on hand to express their gratitude to the Newalls for the support they received. The students, current and past, provided updates on their achievements and how they’re using their experiences at the U of C as contributing members of society.

According to the Newalls, this is what makes their commitment worthwhile. Ted and Margaret received help from some generous people while in school, and understand how much it means to receive that support. Their involvement with the U of C allows them to honour the support they received and continue their ongoing commitment to the community by inspiring the students who will be the change of the future. 

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