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.
Making a difference is not something that Stefanie MacDonald (BMgmt'11) gives much thought to. But given the sheer number of initiatives she is involved with, or has launched in her life, you realize this outstanding mentor, creator and entrepreneur really doesn’t have to. It’s pretty much second nature.
Lee Cohen (LLB'80) has spent over 35 years representing immigrants and refugees in their quests for safety, liberty and opportunity. He is a leading light in Nova Scotia immigration and human rights law.
His grandfather’s exhortation to leave the world a better place inspired Luke Disney (BA’92) to help create a network of African health centres across thirteen countries, serving 280,000 patients a year.
In her application to Dalhousie's Faculty of Dentistry, Dr. Natalie Archer (BSc'95, DDS'01) vowed she would make a difference as a dentist. She has made it her life's work to follow through on this promise by getting to the root of elder dental care.
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.