Honouring the Memory of the Late Sharon Browman

April 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
McGill Faculty Club
3450 McTavish
Sam Browman

Sharon Browman was the program Director of the St. James Literary Society for the past 12 years. During that time, she was responsible for seeking and attracting guest speakers of the highest caliber… guaranteeing that those people in attendance were amply rewarded. She will be remembered for her welcoming smile and pleasant disposition always looking for ways to make visitors feel a part of the group.
Mrs. Browman obtained her M.Ed. degree from McGill University and went on to make a successful career of educating young people both in the classroom and at home, teaching piano, eventually becoming an Educational Consultant at the then PSBGM.

As a wife, Mrs. Browman was a devoted, loving and caring companion and an excellent homemaker. As a mother, she was the perfect role model for the children: hard working, independent and a serious proponent of higher education, which she taught by example: teaching all day and attending university at night. As a grandmother, Sharon did her utmost to befriend the two boys and introduce them to the arts.

She was a kind and compassionate lady, always finding the positive qualities in the people she dealt with.

Montreal-based author Monique Polak credits her grade five teacher, Sharon Browman, for helping her to become a writer. In her talk, Monique will share the lessons she learned from “My Mrs. Browman”. She will also speak about her 2019 novel for young adults, Room for One More, a work of historical fiction dedicated to Sharon Browman, which was inspired by a chance meeting at the St. James Literary Society.

MONIQUE POLAK is the award-winning author of 29 books for young adults. She has been teaching English Literature and Humanities at Marianopolis College for more than 30 years. She is also an active freelance journalist whose work often appears in the Montreal Gazette. Her novel What World is Left won the 2009 Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and Young Adults Literature. Ms Polak is a columnist for ICIRadio Canada’s Plus on est fous, plus on lit ! Monique is held in high esteem by our members, this being her third appearance at the St. James Literary Society in the last five years.