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Arthur Peltomaa (BA '74)
One side of his brain is engaged in law and philanthropy. After becoming an accomplished corporate lawyer, Art so appreciated the life-changing opportunity he’d received at Brock that he wanted to enhance the experience for generations of students to come. So he paid forward his gratitude to Brock by generously giving to the beautiful, student-friendly Matheson Learning Commons — and asked that it be named for his favourite professor: “Bill Matheson was to me and others a mentor and source of inspiration and encouragement.”
His generous gift is a symbolic gesture of his educational experience at Brock and also provides present and future students with a learning environment to pursue their own educational dreams.
“Much of what I have been able to achieve in life I can trace back to Brock and to the people who taught me here. They taught me how to think, not what to think. That’s an important distinction.”
After earning his BA from Brock in 1974, Art attended Osgoode Hall Law School where he earned his Master of Laws. Today he’s a partner in the Toronto office of the law firm Bennett Jones LLP.
The other side of Art’s brain is focused on family and culture.
He’s a dad who can be found at pool sides and ice rinks, proudly encouraging his son’s development as a hockey goalie and his daughter as a figure skater and swimmer, among other activities.
He also has a passion for architecture and sculpture, has undertaken a number of building design projects and has sculpted in a range of materials, including wood, stone, clay and concrete.
Marilyn I. Walker (LLD '08)
A collective gasp, followed by cheers and a thunderous and prolonged standing ovation, greeted an announcement on Nov. 5, 2008 that philanthropist and fibre artist Marilyn Walker was personally donating $15 million to Brock University’s School of Fine and Performing Arts to ensure every student has an opportunity to express their creativity.
It was the largest gift ever received by Brock University or made in the Niagara region.
Brock has renamed its school the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, with a facility likely to be built in downtown St. Catharines. The renaming is in tribute to the donor’s reputation as an internationally recognized fibre artist, teacher, author and philanthropist. Marilyn is also an active supporter of the arts and arts education across Canada, and at Brock University in particular.
In recognition of her many achievements and her enduring friendship with Brock, Marilyn received an honorary doctorate at the 2008 Fall Convocation.
As a fibre artist, Marilyn is a pioneer, both in terms of technique and in teaching others about the history of quilts and how they have emerged as an important consideration in the art world.
Marilyn’s also a community leader and committed arts advocate whose thoughtful leadership and heartfelt dedication has created positive change in Niagara. She is a devoted volunteer and supporter of local arts and was awarded a Mayor’s Patron of the Arts Award in 2007 by the City of St. Catharines for her noteworthy contributions.