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School Celebrates Student Achievements

Posted by School of Health Administration on April 12, 2018 in Students, News, Awards

School of Celebrates Student Achievements

The 34th Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, April 6th at the Saint Mary's Boat Club in Halifax.  Honoured guests included Dr. Lawrence and Anne Nestman; Dr. William Webster and Anne Godden-Webster; Robert Zed, Executive-in-Residence; Grace Johnston, former Scientist-in-Residence; Janet Simm, Northwood Inc; Daniel Marsh, Canadian College of health Leaders; Alumni Association members, MHA students, graduates, guests, faculty and staff.  The Masters of Ceremonies for the evening were first year students Emily Gaunce and Gaithre Kalainathan.

Greetings were extended to all graduates from Dr. Tanya Packer, Interim Director; Daniel Marsh, CCHL Representative (MHA '13); and Janet Simm, CEO Northwood (MHA '17).

Dr. Grant Matheson was the keynote speaker for the evening.

Dr. Matheson shared his personal journey from a non-drinker, non-smoker, and non-drug user to become a narcotics addict.  He recounted the first day his addiction started to the moment he realized he needed to get help and rebuild his life.  Dr. Matheson was candid and open about about his addiction; how it affected him, the consequences of his actions and how others were affected by the choices he made.  His addiction cost him relationships, his career, and almost his life.  Dr. Matheson was able to overcome his addiction through rehab and recovery.  It hasn't been an easy road and he hopes to help others facing addiction through his book, "The Golden Boy".  Following his presentation, he graciously provided an opportunity for questions and answers. Thank you, Dr. Matheson for sharing your story with us!

The evening concluded with awards being presented to:

Madeline Tweel
Association of Health Administration Students Award  
Dr. Thomas Rathwell Award
Benjamin Clark
Canadian College of Health Leaders Award (Bluenose Chapter)
Dr. Alan Thomson Award
Madeline Kubiseski
Foster McGaw Scholarship  
Glen Moore Memorial Award
Alejandro Ocampo
Robert Wood Johnson Award   
Northwood’s Edward L Roach Award for Continuing Care
Sandie Du
Nestman Prize for Accounting
Sterling Edmonds
Dr. Peter Ruderman Award

Robert Zed, Exectuive-in-Residence, presented all MHA 2018 graduates with a commemorative crystal iceberg in recoginition of their academic achievements in the MHA Program.

Congratulations to all graduates!