Pamela’s Achievements

  • Masters of Public Health – University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Nursing – McGill University
  • Registered Nurse – Royal Jubilee School of Nursing
  • Served as Vice President of Nursing and Director of Nursing Service at the University of Alberta Hospital
  • Pamela Allan was Head Girl in 1941 and served as President of the SMS Old Girls’ Association in the early 1950’s.

“I always thought my education at St. Margaret’s was straightforward and I suppose that was because it was all I had known and I had nothing to compare it to, but over time I began to realize that I seem to know more about many subjects than my friends do. I do know that the curiousity and thirst for new knowledge that began at S. Margaret’s enhances my life in so many ways.”

Pamela Allan, SMS ’41

Games captain, prefect, basketball star

Pam Allan was born and raised in Victoria, and attended St. Margaret’s School from Grade 8 until she graduated. During her school years, she enjoyed sports, debating club and was “Games captain, prefect, basketball star” as noted in the Cardinal yearbook. Pam was Head Girl when she graduated in 1941 and World War II was underway. “My brother was serving overseas and most St. Margaret’s girls had relatives away fighting,” Pam recalls. “A Japanese bomb hit the coast of Vancouver Island and so there was a blackout here during the war years.”

Upon graduation, Pam knew she wanted to be a nurse. “But alas I was too young to go into Training, so took a business course which led to a job in the Victoria Military Hospital in 1942. Perhaps it was natural that my first assignment should have been as Secretary to a Psychiatrist – he suffered and so did I, however, we lasted until I went in into Training at The Royal Jubilee in 1943. Then began three years of hard work mixed with fun and good times and shared with other St. Margaret’s girls.”

“Next, on the Nursing Staff at Shaughnessy Military Hospital for a year, and then wonder of wonders a trip to England–six months of excitement, new scenes, new people and marvellous experiences.”

Pam returned from England to Vancouver to work for St. Paul’s Hospital. In time, she decided to pursue postgraduate studies at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Upon completion, she was offered a job in Edmonton on the neurosurgical ward at the University of Alberta Hospital. A year or two later, Pam took a leave of absence to obtain the University of Saskatchewan Diploma in Nursing Service. She returned and worked as Emergency Supervisor. Her studies continued, and Pam earned a Bachelor of Nursing from McGill University and, a few years later, was awarded a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota, which she completed through a distance learning program. Pam was Director of Nursing Service and then Vice President of Nursing at the University of Alberta Hospital for a number of years before retiring in Edmonton. Over the years of hard work and study, Pam also found time for her two favourite pastimes, travelling and photography, visiting many countries around the world. “I always thought my education at St. Margaret’s was straightforward and I suppose that was because it was all I had known and I had nothing to compare it to,” she says, “but over time I began to realize that I seemed to know more about some subjects than my friends did. I do know that the curiousity and thirst for new knowledge that began at S. Margaret’s enhanced my life in so many ways.”

Pam Allan served as President of the SMS Old Girls’ Association in the early 1950’s and has been an annual fund donor to the school since 1992.

For her long career of service in nursing, commitment to lifelong learning and dedicated philanthropic giving, St. Margaret’s School is proud to present Pam Allan with a Service with Love Award.