From joining school orchestras to singing in church choirs, Tiffany Jay (BMus’95) was passionate about the arts from an early age. The Dalhousie Arts Centre helped nourish that and inspired her to study voice at Dalhousie. The critical thinking, planning, and leadership skills she learned through the performing arts program have proven vital over the years, particularly as she transitioned into a successful career in health care in Toronto.
“Surprisingly, staging operas and managing health emergencies have a lot in common in that both require a lot of practice and to think on your feet,” Jay says. “Dalhousie helped me develop that ability and more, and now I want to give back to the university as a way to say thank you for enriching my life.”
With her husband, also a Dalhousie alumnus, Jay is doing so through the Performing Arts Campaign, establishing an endowment for music students and naming two seats through the Fill the House initiative in recognition of her parents who are alumni and great supporters of the arts. “It’s rewarding to help create new and upgraded spaces that will attract the best students and performers from around the world,” Jay says. “This is going to benefit the community and I can’t wait until the curtain goes up for the first time.”