For nearly 200 years, Dalhousie alumni have made extraordinary contributions that positively impact the lives of others. The “Building a Better World” series profiles just some of these graduates; people who are truly an inspiration to all.
Gordon Sidney Harrington (LLB'04, LLD'33), Nova Scotia's 11th premier (1930-33), was passionate about making a difference. He fought for the welfare of Cape Breton's coal miners, served in WWI, and introduced a minimum wage for women in the province's workforce.
Zoë Caron (BSc’07) first took a stand for the environment when she was six years old. More than two decades later, she’s made some impressive headway in resolving issues of ecology, sustainability and conservation at home and around the globe.
Good architecture transforms lives for the better. That’s the guiding principle that informs Barry Johns’ (BArch’72) body of work, which has consistently challenged conventional design, advanced the principles of sustainability and, most importantly, revolutionized communities and people.
Whether advocating for victims of sexual violence in Serbia, introducing restorative justice to Nova Scotia's schools, or caring for a homeless youth in her own community, Emma Halpern (LLB'06) is fueled by a singular desire – to bring about a more inclusive and equitable society.
With his international farming program Fish for Hope, Peter Corey (BSc (Agriculture)’01, MSc’12) is helping to boost the income of families in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the world’s poorest nations.
Sharon Carstairs (BA’62, LLD’13) considers the dying to be the most vulnerable people in Canada. That’s why the former senator is so focused on engaging Canadians in discussions about how we die. Her pioneering work has resulted in critical enhancements to palliative care.
Vinh Phan (BComm’07) believes in the transformative power of stress-mitigation in the future success of young people. Not yet 30 himself, he has already helped launch two innovative initiatives dedicated to assisting marginalized youth around the world.