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(Class of '69) Susie (Cape) Ruttan - Teacher & Social Activist

Susie is a former teacher and the mother of three children. In 1998, confronting her heartbreak at her 15-year-old son’s bi-polar disorder and resulting heroin addiction, Susie and her husband started a group for families of drug users called From Grief to Action.

She played a pivotal leadership role, organizing public forums, lobbying politicians and raising awareness of drug addiction as a health problem.

Susie’s tireless efforts earned her the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003 and in 2002 she was a finalist for the YMCA Women of Distinction Award.