Academic News and Other Notes

Fall 2019

In Memoriam: Helga Mills, Principal 1994-1999

Helga Mills headshotDear Members of the St. Paul’s Community:

I write to inform you of the passing of Helga Mills, who served as Principal of our College from 1994 to 1999.

A native of Kitchener, Helga did her BA at Western, an MA at UBC and a Ph.D at the University of North Carolina. Her fields of expertise were Canadian literature and English Renaissance literature. She had a passionate dedication to the social justice mission of the United Church of Canada and that made her a great fit for St. Paul’s.

Our Academic Dean, Peter Frick, worked closely with Helga when she was Principal. He remembers her this way:

Helga was a person full of energy and vision. Her concern for the rights of the oppressed, her stand against all forms of violence and her commitment to peace were infectious. The rights of women were also of highest priority to her. Her ideal of education was that – while it started with the university - it should be as broad as possible and reach as many people as possible.

Helga spent her retirement years in Halifax, Nova Scotia, dedicating herself to music and botanical painting. She briefly returned to service in 2004 to take the helm of the Atlantic School of Theology as Interim Principal for six months.

St. Paul’s mourns the loss of its fifth principal, and only female principal to this point. We honour her for her service and for her dedication to the ideals she held in common with our College.

Richard Myers

St. Paul's surpasses goal for United Way Campaign

The annual University of Waterloo United Way Campaign is an easy way for the 22 staff and faculty at St. Paul's to give back to the wonderful community in which we live and work, to assist agencies working on the front lines of poverty reduction, building healthy neighbourhoods and supporting vulnerable children and youth.

All of us are proud to work for an institution with a long history of providing community for young people who care about making the world a better place and for maintaining connections with alumni who contribute in many ways to their communities and society.

We believe giving back by supporting those who are vulnerable is a part of the St. Paul's ethos which is why we are proud to announce that our small team of staff and faculty surpassed our goal and raised over $4,600 with about 80% participation.