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.
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.
As CEO of Mayo Clinic, John Noseworthy (MD’75, PGM’78) is leading the world’s largest integrated medical group into the future. His tech-savvy, cost-efficient approach to serving clients worldwide builds on a 150-year legacy of innovation in patient care and research.
Dal’s first male dental hygiene graduate, William Nippard (DDH’88), never set out to start a revolution. But by bringing preventative dental care to remote areas of Newfoundland, helping secure self-regulation for hygienists and authoring a best-selling book, he has done just that.
When Dr. John Akabutu (MD'67) launched a pediatric hematology oncology program in Alberta in 1972, the survival rate among Canadian children with common forms of leukemia was less than 10 per cent. When he retired in 2002, it was 95 per cent and climbing.
Lawyer, educator and activist Pamela Palmater (LLM’99, JSD’09) has devoted virtually every moment of her professional life to First Nations advocacy. Her actions have helped shift government policy in a more just direction and greatly impacted quality of life for Canada’s indigenous populations.
Few people wield the pen like George Elliott Clarke (MA’89, LLD'99). His body of work is both a moving chronicle of the African-Canadian experience and a dynamic voice in the conversation about fundamental social justice issues and what it really means to be Canadian.