It’s certainly a different year with most Dal courses being delivered online to ensure our community’s health and well-being. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t all hard at work! Not only are most Dalhousie students learning from home this year, many are also working from home, including us, Dal’s student Phonathon callers.

Allow us to introduce ourselves


SAIF MATARIEH, Phonathon Supervisor

Degree: Third year, Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management

Hometown: Halifax now. I spent the first half of my life in the Middle East.

Calling from: Halifax

Why do you work for Phonathon? “I love it…Not only are the alumni able to share their stories and experiences at Dal with our student callers, but they’re also able to give back to their favourite programs, sports teams and faculties among other things. Phonathon is immensely special because it helps keep the Dalhousie community connected, regardless of how long it’s been since they’ve graduated or how faraway they live.”




Degree: Third year, Medical Sciences

Hometown:  Toronto

Calling from: Halifax

Why did you choose Dal? I’ve loved Nova Scotia ever since my sister moved out here, and I knew I wanted to live here at some point in my life. Then, after visiting the campus and finding a great program, the choice was easy!





Degree: Second year, Computer Science

Hometown: Halifax

Calling from: Halifax

Why do you like working for Phonathon? I really enjoy hearing stories from alumni. It’s interesting to compare their memories to how things are at Dal today and see how things have changed and improved over the years.





Degree: Third year, Kinesiology

Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan

Calling from: Halifax

Why do you like working for Phonathon? While working at Phonathon, I have made connections with alumni from my degree who give advice and how to put yourself out there in the job market.



Yes, we’re excited to once again be calling alumni to talk about the student experience at Dalhousie and opportunities to enhance it through gifts to the university. The Phonathon offers us meaningful work experience, an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the alumni we get to talk to, and it is just one of the ways Dalhousie is supporting students at this difficult time.

As ambassadors of Dal, we love learning about your favorite professors and memories at Dalhousie, staying up-to-date with your lives, and sharing current campus news and events. We can also help our alumni, as proud Dal grads, get involved with Dal activities and fundraising initiatives for students.

We believe in the power of fundraising that can change the lives of many Dal students and alumni. We look forward to getting to know you, and hope you enjoy the conversations with us as much as we like chatting with you. Your support in strengthening Dal education is invaluable. We hope to speak to you soon!

Please note that we’re not taking credit card information over the phone this year but instead will direct you to a webpage for online giving. If you’re interested in making a gift today, you can do so at our online giving page now.

For more information or questions, please contact Clare MacDermott, Office of Advancement, at