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Alumni Profiles


A degree from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences can take you just about anywhere. From a poetry-loving software designer, to runnning your own theatre company, to assuming the command of a naval destroyer, the possibilities are endless! To learn more about the diversity of opportunities open to our graduates, we invite you to learn more about a few of our alumni in these profiles.

Nobu Adilman

Bachelor of Arts (Theatre), 1995

Choir! Choir! Choir!, co-founded by Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman in 2011, began as a weekly drop-in singing event. Now, the choir group has grown into a favourite on Toronto’s music scene, practicing twice each week with a strong membership of local singers. They have performed at venues including New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall and Toronto’s Massey Hall and Art Gallery of Ontario. [Read more]

Sara Austin

Bachelor of Arts (International Development Studies and Women's Studies), 1998

Human rights worker Sara Austin has dedicated her education and career to promote and uphold children's welfare.  Read about her work with World Vision Canada and UN member states to make sure the rights of children are met - at home and around the world. [Read more]

Gina Burgess

Bachelor of Music, 2006

Classical violinist Gina Burgess didn’t let a repetitive strain injury sideline her. Shifting paths, she found her passion for people and a career in popular music thanks to an open mind and gentle guidance from a Dalhousie professor. [Read more]

George Elliott Clarke

Master of Arts (English), 1989, Honorary Doctor of Laws, 1999

Revered poet, playwright, university professor and Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Elliot Clarke, with his dynamic voice and fresh perspectives on race, equality and freedom, has become more than a cultural icon; he’s become a popular media commentator. [Read more]

Kaelen Haworth

Bachelor of Arts (English), 2007

Now a New York-based fashion designer, Haworth’s collections are currently carried in Canada at The Bay, as well as in specialty shops in the US, Japan, Riyadh, Beirut and globally through online commerce. [Read more]

Vassy Kapelos

Master of Arts (Political Science), 2006

Vassy Kapelos thrives on the challenge of taking vast amounts of information and turning it into something people can understand in her job as the parliamentary correspondent for Global National. She credits her time at Dalhousie, where she tackled the debt crisis in Argentina for her masters studies in political science, with giving her the skills necessary to do what she does today. [Read more]

Iain MacNeil

Bachelor of Music, 2013

Described as “a singer to be reckoned with” by Musical Toronto magazine, international award-winning baritone Iain MacNeil has travelled the world singing opera. He recounts his time in Halifax and at Dal as a truly immersive experience. [Read more]

Naiomi Metallic

Bachelor of Arts (English and Philosophy), 2002, Bachelor of Laws, 2005

As an assistant professor at the Schulich School of Law, and the university’s first Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy, Prof. Naiomi Metallic is working to raise awareness of Indigenous affairs at Dalhousie and beyond. [Read more]

Brooke Noftle

Bachelor of Science (Math) '81, Bachelor of Arts (French, Minor German) '83, MD '88

Medical doctor Brooke Noftle says his BA from Dalhousie University helps him to think creatively and articulate clearly, an advantage when working with patients, family members and health professionals, particularly those from other countries. [Read more]

Barb Stegemann

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology & Social Anthropology), 1991

Barb Stegemann, credits her success to the education and mentorship she received at Dalhousie. Through her perfume line and book, she seeks to provide options through opportunities for literacy and education to children of war and disaster-stricken countries around the world. [Read more]

George Woodhouse

Bachelor of Arts (French and Sociology & Social Anthropology), 2014

As coordinator of Parks Canada’s Halifax Learn to Camp program, George and his team host free workshops for city-dwellers to gain basic camping skills throughout the municipality. He credits the skills he gained from his degree at Dal for getting him to where he is today. [Read more]


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