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Alumna is ‘Canada’s Secret Weapon’ Against Crime Mary rose WaterMan BaldWin ’45  is nicknamed “Rose Bomb” by her good friend and colleague, Constable Tibor Baldauf of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. “He says i’m Canada’s secret weapon,” Mary Rose said with a laugh. Mary Rose works with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Vernon, British Columbia, as a civilian volunteer in their community policing office. Mary Rose became friends with Baldauf, and he encouraged her to apply as a volunteer. Following a background check, first aid course and self-defense class, Mary Rose was accepted. A volunteer of nine years, Mary Rose acts as a liaison between the police and the public. she does office work, shares information about programs in the community and goes on ride-alongs with the officers. At 85, Mary Rose said she is the oldest vol-unteer. in December, she was honored with the Mary rose Waterman Baldwin ’45 was honored 2008 Volunteer of the Year award. for her volunteer work. “i was thrilled to death,” Mary Rose said. “i had no idea it was coming.” she also plans to spend time with Baldauf’s Because the age limit for volunteers is 85, 8-year-old daughter, Avril, who calls Mary Rose she will soon be retiring from her position. Prior “Grandma.” to moving to Vernon, Mary Rose was a teacher “We kind of adopted one another,” Mary for more than 40 years. she taught all over the Rose said of Avril. United states, in New York, Washington state, Baldwin, who was a member of Alpha Arizona, California and idaho, before moving to Delta sorority and captain of the rifle team Canada in 1966. she now lives in Vernon with at Oswego, has never returned for a reunion. her son. However, she said she still keeps in touch with While Mary Rose said she is disappointed classmates and thinks fondly of her alma mater. that she will soon stop working with the “My years there at Oswego have given me police, she plans to stay busy with a one-on- many, many memories,” Mary Rose said. l one reading program through the local school. — Kristin Quinn ’08
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