(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.