Doug Ruck (BA’72, LLB’77) will chair a task force on systemic anti-Black racism within the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He’s also set to lead an external investigation into systemic discrimination within the policies, regulations and practices of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
It took the creation of an Indigenous employee resource group for Karen Birss (MBA (FS)’20) to realize that some Scotiabank staff she has known for years are Indigenous. “I had no idea they had felt the need to hide that,” says Birss, regional vice president, Atlantic Region at Scotiabank.
Originally from Kentucky and with PEI roots, Matt Steele (BScR’19) moved to Halifax in 2014. He wanted to work in healthcare but in a field that wouldn’t leave his musical life behind. He settled on recreation therapy as his next career move and started at Dalhousie.
Displaced from Kuwait during the first Gulf War, Ayat El-Dewary (BA’04) knew at an early age she wanted to help others in the same situation. As the Representative a.i. with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, she has helped raise over $200 million to deliver shelter, health care, financial assistance and hope to refugees around the world.