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Making Change

By Maroon & White | spring 2015

Over the course of the last 32 years, Saint Mary’s University President Dr. Colin Dodds has given much to the University, its students, and the wider Halifax community. Willingly forfeiting decades of evenings and weekends, he’s presided over significant campus expansions, made major contributions to various boards, both locally and nationally, lent his expertise to provincial committees, and…

Specialized indigenous knowledge

By Michelle Brunet | spring 2015

At her Indian Brook, Nova Scotia home, Dr. Isabelle Knockwood takes out a red tube. It was given to the Mi’kmaw elder when she was awarded an Honorary Degree—a Doctor of Civil Law—from Saint Mary’s University at Fall Convocation in 2013.

“In honouring Isabelle Toney-Shay Knockwood with this degree we are also honouring her ancestors, her parents, children and grandchildren, and…

What it takes to become extraordinary

By Michelle MacAdam | spring 2015

Since your first half-marathon in 2003, you’ve run marathons, 100Ks, 125Ks and 24-hour races, landing on many podiums. How has running enhanced your life? 

Oh my. I’ve seen the world and met so many of my close friends through running. People say I’m humble to the point that I don’t realize the positive influence…

Engineering A Float

By Christina Copp | spring 2015

For many young people, especially now, the career path on which they start is often winding. And sometimes it leads them where they never imagined themselves going. For Lindsay MacPhee, that sentiment certainly rings true.

MacPhee, an environmental engineer by trade, and a Saint Mary’s graduate, has driven off that road and onto something completely different—she’s opening Atlantic…

Spiritual Poet

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

Social Entreprenuer, Author, Philanthropist. That’s how Fergus Dearden describes himself on his Twitter feed. He could also have added Voracious Learner, as the 31-year-old routinely educates himself in a wide variety of subject areas. He has studied Japanese, and is currently learning all he can about investment banking and computer programming languages.

Originally from St. John’s,…

It’s All About the Journey

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

Danièle (Talbot) Cruickshank has had many lives in one. A gifted musician and dancer from a young age, Cruickshank earned a ballet scholarship when she was 15. This opportunity took her from her childhood home of Chambly in Quebec (think world-famous beer) to the bustling city of Montreal. When she graduated from Les Grands Ballets Canadiens program at age 18, she continued to dance part-time,…

Self-made success

By James Patriquin | spring 2015

Sometimes when the president of the Students’ Association is lucky, one of the Alumni Officers will like them enough to approach them and ask if they would like to write an article for Maroon & White. Even better, sometimes when the president of the Students’ Association is very lucky, they’ll have someone who works with them who deserves the spotlight even more.

I wanted to use…

Behind the Seams

By Tara Thorne | fall 2014

“When we were at school, we still had this notion that information was power,” says James Curleigh BComm’89. “He or she who had access to it had the advantage. Well today, information is ubiquitous, everyone has access to it. What I would say the biggest shift is not how to get the information, but how to synthesize the information to make sense of it.”

Curleigh knows…

Boomer Town

By Renée Hartleib | fall 2014

Making it work in the Maritimes is a recurring theme for Kyler Crawford. He’s been around. Originally from Moncton, he completed two undergraduate degrees at St. Francis Xavier before a spell playing professional football in Germany. But it was a five-year stint at a large professional services firm in Ottawa that led to some serious thinking about reshaping his career.  >
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Something to Talk About

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2014

There was a time when Matthew Fanning dreaded public speaking.

“It’s not unusual,” says Fanning, a Finance major who graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. “Most people would rather encounter a grizzly bear than stand on stage to deliver a speech.”

What is unusual is that after working for a few years, first as…