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J. Bernard MacNeil Memorial Award

Purpose:

To honour the memory of J. Bernard MacNeil, MSW 1970, by providing an annual prize to a BSW Student at Dalhousie University, who is entering his/her second year of the program.

Conditions:

Earnings from the fund will be used annually to provide one or more awards to a BSW Student entering his/her second year of the program, who demonstrates financial need; is of good academic standing; and who shows promise of making future contributions to the profession of social work in the areas of criminology or corrections. If, in any given year, no such student is eligible, the award will be granted to a student who demonstrates financial need; is of good academic standing; and who shows promise of making future contributions to the profession of social work in the area of child and family welfare. Preference will be given to students from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Funded by:

Ms. Judith MacNeil

Application procedure:

Submit your curriculum vitae and a cover letter to:

Director, C/O Linda Power
School of Social Work
Dalhousie University
Suite 3201-1459 LeMarchant Street
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS   B3H 4R2 

Deadline:

October 15th annually

Amount of scholarship:

To Be Determined

Awarding body:

The BSW Program Committee or the faculty of the School of Social Work

Background:

J. Bernard graduated in 1970 from Dalhousie University with a Masters of Social Work degree. His career included time spent as a protection worker at Halifax Children’s Aid Society; as a foster home placement worker for the City of Dartmouth, placing mental patients into the community; and as a supervisor in the Welfare Department of the City of Halifax. In 1971, he accepted a position as Parole Officer with the Correctional Services of Canada in Sydney, NS, where he remained until early retirement in 1996.

J. Bernard showed a selfless concern for people and was able to relate with natural ingenuity and humor. He received recognition for this exceptional ability to work with a very difficult clientele. He was outstanding in his ability to make constructive use of his authoritative role in his practice.

He was a board member of Family Services of Eastern Nova Scotia, the Kin Centre (a sheltered workshop) and very active on the board of Howard House in Sydney. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus.