Cape Breton University (CBU) will celebrate the accomplishments of 619 graduates during its Spring Convocation ceremony being held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the CBU Canada Games Complex. In addition to honouring the academic achievements of the 2014 graduating class, CBU will bestow honorary degrees on local physician, Dr. Anne Frances D'Intino and nationally recognized business leader, Colin MacDonald. Both will receive a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa.
Dr. David Wheeler President and Vice Chancellor says, “Today Cape Breton University, as we have been known since 2005, is an educational, economic, social and cultural success story. CBU is the student-focused, community engaged, multicultural and entrepreneurial University of the future with the programs and the graduates of the future. This is an exciting time for the class of 2014 and for Cape Breton Island.”
Dr. D’Intino is a certificant and fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She holds adjunct professor status at Cape Breton University and is a lecturer in the Department of Medicine and Family Medicine at the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. She has completed a certificate in Health Systems in a Global Context through Dalhousie University, and her interest in global health has led her to volunteer in primary healthcare delivery in Cameroun, Honduras and most recently in Uganda and Rwanda, where she was involved in palliative care education and delivery. In addition to her enormous commitment to her patients, Dr. D’Intino is deeply involved in the Cape Breton Community. She is Vice Chair of Hospice Palliative Care in the Cape Breton District Health Authority and currently sits on the board of Talbot House. She is also active on various committees in the Diocese of Antigonish.
Working with his brother-in-law, John Risley, Mr. MacDonald developed a seafood business out of the back of a truck, eventually becoming a world leader in the seafood industry. In a career spanning lobster packing and truck driving to Chairman, Mr. MacDonald, is now co-owner and director of Clearwater Fine Foods Inc.
Mr. MacDonald is a firm believer that we have a responsibility to give back to our communities. In this spirit he supports a variety of organizations, including the IWK Foundation, Homebridge Youth Society, Phoenix Youth Programs, Children’s Wish Foundation, Abilities Foundation, the Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative Foundation. As well, he and Clearwater are great friends and contributors to Cape Breton University.
Mr. MacDonald’s outstanding community spirit and dedication to his business do not go unnoticed. He has received a Maritime Philanthropy Award as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser and the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Award for Nova Scotia. Most recently, he has been named Honorary Chair of the Water for Life – Chefs for UNICEF dinner; and 2013 Courage to Give Back Award Ambassador by Family SOS, a support program for families in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Julie-Anne Wrobleski has the honour of serving as the 2014 spring convocation valedictorian. A Bachelor of Science (honours) Biology student, Julie-Anne has been actively engaged in campus life and served on a number of societies and committees. The co-founder of the CBU chapter of Global Brigades, the largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization in the world, she had the opportunity to travel to Ghana, Africa where she had the opportunity to work in triage, shadow doctors, dentists, a pharmacist, and promote hygiene at public health workshops. Julie-Anne plans to pursue a career in medicine.
The convocation ceremony will be available online at www.cbu.ca <http://www.cbu.ca> . Send congratulatory messages via Twitter using the hashtag #CBUclass2014.