Connections for Life

With roots stretching as far back as 1871, the Dalhousie Alumni Association (DAA) proudly represents some 135,000 Dalhousie alumni located around the world. A dynamic, professional, volunteer team working with the Dal Alumni Engagement team, the DAA builds relationships and connections between alumni and their alma mater for a stronger Dalhousie.

The current DAA President is Ian Bezanson (BCSc’04). View all board members.

Current Opportunities

The Dalhousie alumni association is currently seeking applications to join as a new Board member. The DAA has evolved over time to an advisory role which seeks to be broadly representative of faculties, geographic regions and graduation years, and is strategic and results-driven in its mandate.
While we welcome the interest of all Dal alumni, this year we are particularly interested in those with experience in:
  • Client engagement
  • Governance
  • Digital communications and social media platforms
We are also seeking experience related to the following faculties:
  • Law
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Graduate Studies
Geographically, we encourage applicants from British Columbia and the far-east, including China and Malaysia, to reflect the distribution of our current alumni. Finally, in line with Dalhousie’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, we encourage applicants from underrepresented groups, including but not limited to Indigenous and African-Nova Scotian populations.
Applications
To apply, please forward a cover letter expressing your interest in joining the Dalhousie Alumni Association, as well as a current CV to volunteer@dal.ca by April 15, 2018. All applications will be forwarded to the DAA Nominating Committee—the Nominating Committee will follow-up with applicants after the deadline closes, and election of new members will take place at the Annual General Meeting in June, 2018.

If you would like to review copies of the Dalhousie Alumni Association Board Terms of Reference or Bylaws in preparation for your application, please email volunteer@dal.ca with your request and copies will be sent to you directly.

Historical Highlights

Did you know that the Dalhousie Alumni Association was formally incorporated in 1876? At that time, the Association’s stated purpose was to “promote the best interest of the University and to foster affection for all students of Dalhousie.”

From its rich historical beginnings, the DAA has grown into a worldwide community network. Here are some other historical highlights of the DAA:

  • In 1890, the Alumni Association co-sponsored a campaign to raise $50,000 for Dalhousie. In 1896, the Association completed the Dalhousie Guarantee Fund and continued to raise money for other campaigns.
  • In 1909 a sister organization, the Alumnae Association, was formed. Today, the DAA’s Women’s Division is still going strong.
  • During the First and Second World Wars, the Alumni Association gathered the names and photos of students who had gone to fight, and recorded their service and fates. They raised over $17,000 for an overseas stationary hospital unit during WWI.
  • The Association was heavily involved in planning for the Centenary Celebration for Dal in 1918.
  • In 1920, the Association again organized a major fundraising campaign for Dalhousie, known as the “Million Campaign.”