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Spotlight on Change Makers

Engaged and Committed

When Jalana Lewis and Cathy Martin saw the opportunity to help improve their alma mater for today’s generation of students, they answered the call.

“We have come a long way since I studied at Dalhousie, and we still have a long way to go,” says Cathy, who graduated from Dal with a theatre degree in 1979.

After a career that includes work as an award-winning filmmaker and producer, Cathy comes back to Dal as the university’s first director of Indigenous community engagement. This new position aimed at furthering reconciliation through collaboration with Indigenous partners in the region, particularly the Mi’kmaq.

Jalana, who served as valedictorian in her 2013 graduating Schulich Law class, returns to Dal as the university’s first director of African Nova Scotian community engagement. As director, she will work to help make the university a more welcoming place for African Nova Scotian students, staff and faculty.

“I definitely appreciate all of the work that’s happened before me around programs like TYP and IB&M Initiative—programs that have changed my life,” says Jalana. “So, I would hope that in five to 10 years it becomes part of the university culture to support students, staff and faculty to engage with the African Nova Scotian community.”

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