The Value of One, the Power of Many

April 18-24, 2021

The UN General Assembly declared 2001 the International Year of Volunteers under the theme, “The Value of One. The Power of Many“. As Canadians mark National Volunteer Week— an annual celebration in April— this theme has been reignited to honour the remarkable contributions and impact of volunteers across the country in the past 20 years and to inspire us as we look ahead to the future.

This year Dalhousie is also celebrating a major milestone of our own— 150 years of the Dalhousie Alumni Association and alumni volunteerism in our campuses and communities around the globe.

Over the past year in particular, volunteers have found creative and innovative ways to support causes, organizations and their communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, however we recognize that in some cases, stepping up to help meant stepping back from traditional volunteer activities.

However you volunteer with Dal, or within your community, we are grateful for the time and talents you dedicate to helping others and thank you for your support!

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The Value of One, the Power of Many

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Celebrating 150 years of the Dalhousie Alumni Association

A message from President, Dr. Brian Johnston (BSc’88, MD’92, PGM’98)

The 2018 Dalhousie Alumni Association Board at the 200th anniversary celebration, Ignite. Brian Johnston, sixth from right.

Throughout our history, Dalhousie alumni and friends have been mobilizing as groups and individuals through a variety of initiatives that build relationships, support students, and strengthen our society.

With roots stretching back to 1871, The Dalhousie Alumni Association (DAA) stands firmly at the center of this history with 150 years of service and support to our alma mater. Formally incorporated in 1876 with the mandate to “promote the best interest of the University and to foster affection for all students of Dalhousie”, the DAA Board continues to honour that vision while advising the university on diverse initiatives and encouraging greater connection among our alumni communities around the globe.

As a Dalhousie volunteer myself, I have been able to reconnect with my alma mater and help with the fulfillment of its mission, and I have met many people through volunteering that I would otherwise never have crossed paths with. It has been a very fulfilling experience and I am grateful to all my fellow volunteers!