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Bev (Pierce) Warner, BA'70

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2010 Women's Athletic Alumnae Elfrida Berzins Award Recipient

Bev Warner believes staying active has helped save her life. The retired secondary school teacher and coach is living proof there is life – and an active one – after breast cancer.

“Word is spreading around the world that exercise is good for you, for breast cancer survivors and for cancer patients in general,” Warner says.

Her athletic drive was obvious as a Western student as a member of both the women’s basketball and track and field teams. Some of her athletic highlights include: Ontario Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Association (OWIAA) high jump champion in 1967; three OWIAA basketball team championships; Bronze W winner; three first colours in basketball and track and field; FWP Jones Trophy in 1970; and White Blanket Award winner.

After graduation, Warner taught at Banting Memorial Secondary School, teaching physical education and coaching girls and midget boys basketball, and in 1977-’78 competed for the Hamilton Bobcats women’s senior basketball team, winning the Canadian Senior Women’s Championships.

In 1978, she moved to Innisdale Secondary School in Barrie where she spent most of her career as department head of the Physical Education Department. She finished her secondary school years in the Guidance Department as a counselor, until retirement in 2002.


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