CHISHOLM – Former mayor of Chisholm Barb Groves has picked up an alumni award from Nipissing University.
Barb Groves, right, receiving the James Jamieson influential Alumni Award at Nipissing University.
Groves was honoured with the James Jamieson Influential Alumni Award during homecoming on Sept. 30.
This new award recognizes outstanding achievements, present stature and future potential of Nipissing University alumni.
Groves says she was nominated by someone but does not know by whom.
She got an email from the university alumni relations office informing her that she was going to receive the honour.
“I sent an email back and I said, ‘Is this for real?’” she said.
Groves decided to return to school in 1991.
“I thought it’s my turn. I’ve raised the kids. I’m going to go out and see what it’s like to get an education,” she said. “I’d been out of high school for about 30 years. I went up to the university to do the test to see if I could go as a mature student.”
Groves took the Environmental Geography BA honours program, graduating in 1996.
She says this program helped her when she became mayor.
“Really you’re dealing with mainly lawyers. I had also volunteered for six years, appointed to the Northern Development Council,” she said.
Groves, who retired from the mayor’s chair during the last term of council, is still active on the Source Water Protection Committee and is enjoying making jewelry.