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.
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.
When Sarah Cooper (BA'96) couldn’t find any organically and ethically produced kids clothing she liked, she launched her own line. Her company, the Fableists, is making change for the better, one garment at a time.
Dr. Christy Sutherland (MD’08) understands that addiction is a chronic disease, not a choice. As an addiction medicine physician in Vancouver, her life’s focus is to help some of society’s most marginalized individuals.
After being told ‘girls can’t be scientists’, Dr. Nancy Jane Lane (MSc’60) became a leading researcher in cell biology at Cambridge University, after studying at Dalhousie, Oxford and Yale. Encouraging women in science is her life’s mission.