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A stitch in time

Handstitched quilt tells new graduate's Memorial story

special feature: Student success

Part of a special feature celebrating the success of Memorial's graduates. This feature coincides with spring convocation 2017.


By Dave Penney

The cap and gown she wore at convocation might be the only things not included in the quilt that tells her Memorial University story.

Jordan Chafe received her bachelor of arts degree on May 31, but the gift she received two weeks ago is a colourful narrative of the experiences and friendships that really defines her time as a student. She found her passion as a volunteer at Memorial and was involved with many different groups and causes at the university. Thanks to her mom, she’ll be able to keep those memories close for a long time to come.

From left, Jordan and Peggy Chafe with Jordan's Memorial quilt.
From left, Jordan and Peggy Chafe with Jordan’s Memorial quilt.
Photo: Submitted

“My mom collected all the T-shirts and other things I’ve saved over the years related to different volunteer groups and activities,” she said. “She approached Cathy Cahill of Cathy’s Quilts who created this for me. It was a complete surprise. It’s really special and something I will always treasure.”

Finding her corner

Ms. Chafe discovered her passion for volunteering at Memorial. She was initially involved with MUN Leadership Programs and then branched into Career Development’s experiential learning programs and the Student Volunteer Bureau. She also sat on the MUNSU board of directors as an elected representative and volunteered with the Internationalization Office through MUN Mentors.

“Like everyone, when I started university I was trying to discover what was meaningful and where I fit in,” she said. “Everyone has their corner and I found mine through volunteerism. It provided a real sense of community within a large campus.”

Biggest supporters

Her parents, Peggy and Roger, are both long-time employees of Memorial. Her mom describes the process of organizing the project and putting it together as “bittersweet.”

“It was emotional, going back over the years and thinking about what she’s accomplished and the wonderful relationships she’s developed. There are so many stories, ups and downs, that all contribute to who you eventually become. We’re both extremely proud of her.”

“My time at Memorial has been just like my quilt. A few interesting patches here and there, but in the end they all blended together into something really special.” — Jordan Chafe

The metaphor of the quilt isn’t lost on her daughter. In fact, it’s one that Ms. Chafe feels will guide her throughout the next stage of her career.

“My time at Memorial has been just like my quilt. A few interesting patches here and there, but in the end they all blended together into something really special. And my ultimate career goal has been shaped by my time here. I want to be in a diverse, multicultural and inclusive workplace where I can really make a difference through a helping profession.”


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