Each year, Dalhousie’s Aurum Awards celebrate outstanding alumni who are making contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of society. This year’s winners—a dentist, a lawyer, a musician, a judge and a nurse practitioner—each share a dedication to their communities, a commitment to justice and a passion for change. Their stories are proof that it only takes one person to make a difference and to create lasting change.
Meet this year’s winners and read their inspiring stories to learn how they are making impact in their communities. View a video about this year’s winners at the bottom of this article.
Halifax-based lawyer and Ukrainian native Igor Yushchenko (LLM’12) understands immigration law and the work required to move people to a new country. In February of 2022 when Russia invaded his native country, it sparked a personal mission to apply his legal expertise to help fellow Ukrainians seeking refuge in Canada.
Read the full story: Bridging gaps
Dr. Nada Haidar
Halifax-based Dr. Nada Haidar (BSc’93, DDS’97) says dentistry isn’t just her career, it’s her passion. One that stems from the influence of her hardworking, immigrant parents and her own desire to give back. Following some international volunteer work in recent years, Dr. Haidar was inspired to find new ways to help others locally.
Read the full story: Paying it forward
A member of the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, musician Jeremy Dutcher (BA’13) has had a fundamental impact on the way the traditional tribal language of Wolastoqiyik is shared, transforming our understanding of Indigenous cultures and communities.
Read the full story: Lighting the way
Justice Mona Lynch
In 2021 when the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan, Justice Mona Lynch (LLB’85) quickly joined forces with other women judges from around the world to help their 250 female colleagues in Afghanistan find a way out. She has made it her mission to ensure they all leave safely and find new homes in free countries.
Read the full story: Pathfinding for justice
Athanasius “Tanas” Sylliboy (MN’20) has become a leader in their community, advocating for improved health outcomes for Mi’kmaq by breaking down barriers and lifting their voices.
Read the full story: Finding common ground
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