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Meet some of Dal’s outstanding community‑focused employees

Posted by Dal News on March 3, 2023 in Awards

Asher Trim-Gaskin

Program Director, Imhotep's Legacy Academy(ILA), a STEM-outreach organization based at Dal

Year joined Dal: Joined as a student in 2011, as an employee in 2017

How does working at Dal empower you to make an impact? 

Through my work at Imhotep's Legacy Academy, our programs engage African Nova Scotian youth, a demographic underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers, in hands-on science activities.  Our programs help to bolster student success at the secondary school and university levels, and as a Dalhousie University BSc graduate and Barbados native, I know how important representation is to achievement.  I am empowered through my interactions with educators and others, and I know that I can leverage Dal resources such as the Black Student Advising Centre (BSAC), Promoting Leadership in Health for African Nova Scotians, and the Transition Year Program to help our students succeed. 

Martha Meisner

Senior Institutional Analyst, Dalhousie Analytics

Year joined Dal: 2000

How does working at Dal empower you to make an impact?

As the senior institutional analyst leading the UN Sustainable Development Goals at Dalhousie, I am empowered to make a meaningful impact through data-driven decision-making and continuous improvement. A key responsibility is collecting, analyzing, and interpreting impact rankings data to inform decision-making processes. I also monitor Dalhousie's performance to identify strengths and opportunities to contribute to the university's continuous improvement efforts. Collaboration is essential in this initiative, and I work closely with my team and colleagues across campus to share knowledge and expertise on Dalhousie's progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in research, stewardship, outreach, and teaching. 

Amanda Kolwich

Undergraduate Recruitment & Community Engagement Manager, Faculty of Computer Science

Year joined Dal: 2020

How does working at Dal empower you to make an impact?

Here We Code started as a campaign by Dalhousie’s Faculty of Computer Science, but it's evolved into something bigger: a movement to promote the booming tech sector in Nova Scotia. As part of this effort, I had the great privilege of bringing together an inspiring group of organizations who are focused on making tech and computing education more accessible to kids all over the province. From this group, Here We Code Month was born to showcase the diverse digital education and opportunities available to everyone. All organizations and institutions involved in providing digital programming and opportunities are invited to get involved with Here We Code Month to empower kids with tech skills and knowledge!

Jennifer Macdonald

Director, English Language Studies and University Access, Faculty of Open Learning and Career Development

Year joined Dal: 2011

How does working at Dal empower you to make an impact?

In my role in the department of English Language Studies, I have the privilege of working with learners from around the world: students, staff and faculty from across the Dalhousie community, as well as from Dalhousie’s international partner institutions. Through my work at Dal, I love being able to facilitate learners’ opening doors to new opportunities in study, work, research and travel through language education and also benefit from the rich linguistic and cultural diversity in our midst.