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School Celebrates Student Achievements
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:
||Association of Health Administration Students Award
Dr. Thomas Rathwell Award
||Canadian College of Health Leaders Award (Bluenose Chapter)
Dr. Alan Thomson Award
||Foster McGaw Scholarship
Glen Moore Memorial Award
||Robert Wood Johnson Award
Northwood’s Edward L Roach Award for Continuing Care
||Nestman Prize for Accounting
||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.