Mariners Quilt Guild

Inaugural Kathy Ogden Memorial Scholarship

Kathy Ogden

Kathy Ogden

At the first meeting of November, Jacqueline introduced her fellow Mariners to the Kathy Ogden Memorial Scholarship, in memory of founding member Kathy Ogden who passed away last May. This year’s recipient is Anja.

Here’s part of what Jacqueline had to say about Kathy and the scholarship:

As you know, we started this year off missing one very fine lady.

Kathy Ogden was one of the original founding members of our guild. She found this meeting space and became our hostess, often greeting people with her lovely smile. In 2012 she took her talents, despite her health, and applied them to Quilt Canada here in Halifax as the Hospitality Co-ordinator. I am sure that no one could resist her charm as she approached them for sponsorship.

This past spring Kathy passed away just three days after her 73rd birthday. She was part of the Wannabees Quilt Bee and became one of the Bell House quilters. One of her proudest moments was when she won a viewer’s choice award for the President’s challenge.

Not only was Kathy a quilter, she was the mother of two, an artist, and certainly someone who lived life to its fullest. Kathy was so willing to share her talents or be the cheerleader that you needed when you didn’t think that things were working out on your quilt. She was planning out the future quilts that she was going to make at her annual retreat while still in hospital.

I had the pleasure of attending that retreat for the very first time this year and I took the ladies out in the pitch dark to wave lights around as I got them to create words while I photographed them. It could be heard amongst the ladies, that Kathy would have thought this was fun. She was often the inspiration for me to try something new as she brought things into Show and Share. I felt truly honoured to be amongst a group of ladies that considered Kathy a friend.

On that note, tonight I am proud to introduce the Kathy Ogden Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be an annual scholarship, up to the maximum of $50, for a Mariners workshop of your choice, to be applied to any course that Mariners offers during the current guild year. A name will be drawn from amongst all our current paid members as of the last meeting in October each year. If the course has already taken place then the participant will be refunded the cost of the course up to the maximum of $50.

I really feel that this is a wonderful way to honour the spirit of someone like Kathy who was so eager to participate in all that our guild offers and represents.

Anja (r), here  displaying the quilt she made for last year's Lunch Box Challenge, is the recipient of this year's Kathy Ogden Memorial Scholarship.

Anja (r), here displaying the quilt she made for last year’s Lunch Box Challenge, is the recipient of this year’s Kathy Ogden Memorial Scholarship.

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