Mary Drynan, born in 1902 in Woodstock, Ont., had decided on a career in nursing when she enrolled at the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto. Before her studies were completed, however, she accepted a proposal of marriage from the dashing William Drynan, a businessman employed at Canadian Canners. The couple settled in Ancaster and the family grew to include three children – Bill, George and Alice. Daughter Alice Lundon remembers how her mother turned her considerable intelligence and energy to community work with the Junior League and a boys’ orphanage. She was also an avid reader, antique collector and a gardener with a penchant for roses and peonies. The Foundation received a bequest from her estate. This gift reflects the long-standing interest both she and her husband, Lt.-Col. William Innes Drynan, had in the Foundation. Lt.-Col. Drynan, who was elected Foundation president in 1968, also served on the Board of Directors.
Excerpt from 1958-1996 Annual Report