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Sharing her good fortune

York alumna Deborah Spicer

Like so many Baby Boomers born in the 1950s, Deborah Spicer was the first in her family to attend university. As a student at St. Clement’s Private School for Girls in Toronto, she had two passions: journalism and theatre. She knew she wanted to pursue one of them when she moved on to university.

When she graduated from private school, she narrowed her choice between the University of Toronto and York University. She chose York because of the reputation of its Theatre program – and she is thankful for her decision.

Her first week at York proved to be somewhat of a shock. When she walked into her Humanities 101 class, she was in a room with more students than had gone to her entire private school!

It didn’t take long for Deborah to find her stride. She dove into her studies for an Honours Bachelor of Arts English degree with a specialty in Theatre. She spent three years in residence, and immersed herself in campus life. She became a theatre reporter for the University newspaper.

Today, Deborah’s fondest memory of her time at York was a whirlwind ‘30 Plays in 20 Days’ theatre tour in London, England. Not only did she enjoy first-class theatre, she had the chance to talk with and learn from some of the best actors, directors and playwrights in the world.

Deborah emerged from her four years at York an ambitious, talented and confident young woman.

She launched into her first career as a news reporter and anchor in both radio and television in Ontario and British Columbia specializing in business, the markets and the courts.

“My bequest to York University is an expression of gratitude for the doors that York opened for me.”

Deborah Spicer, York University alumna

Later, while recuperating from a car accident back injury sustained on the job, Deborah filled her time by studying real estate and earning her licence. A second successful career was launched.

Deborah is still grateful for her York experience. She feels that it built her knowledge, her curiosity and her confidence to succeed in two highly competitive fields.

That’s why, as a York alumna who has led a successful and fulfilling life, she is leaving a gift in her Will to York University in support of future dedicated students embarking on their own professional pursuits.

This gift is her way of saying thanks for all that York did for her — a positive legacy to inspire those who follow in her footsteps.