2015 Spring Graduate Profiles

Ainsley Walsh – Diploma in Engineering (Bachelor of Engineering, transfer)


“My experience at Cape Breton University has been something truly special,” says Ainsley Walsh. As she prepares to graduate with a Diploma in Engineering (Bachelor of Engineering, transfer), she says CBU provided her with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue her goal of becoming a chemical engineer. Ainsley is from North Sydney, N.S. and believes there is great value in being close to home and attending university. She was able to take advantage of the transfer program offered at the University. The Engineering transfer program is offered at Cape Breton University on an associate basis with Dalhousie University. CBU is one of the few Associated Universities to offer the first two years in all eight engineering disciplines.

Ainsley says, “I had an opportunity to be involved in research and this was a great chance to take my learning from the classroom to the field.” While at CBU she was the Co-President of the Engineering Society. She really enjoyed being involved in fundraisers, working on events and building relationships with peers and faculty.

“I feel ready to take the next step in my education,” Ainsley comments. “CBU has prepared me for this with a quality education delivered by knowledgeable professors in a comfortable environment.” Ainsley says that CBU should be on the top of the list for students considering university, the small class sizes and personal attention by faculty provide an excellent environment for success.


Matthew Moore – Bachelor of Arts Community Studies, Major in English Literature


For Matthew Moore finding something to do was never a problem at CBU. During his time on campus he was a member of the Psychology Society, English Society, Orange Army and even organized and hosted a musical diversity concert to promote the different styles of music that exist on Cape Breton Island. He presented at the Annual Atlantic Undergrad English Conference twice, was a Frosh Leader and helped with the broadcasting of basketball games on Eastlink TV.

The BACS grad worked hard and developed close relationships with his professors, which allowed him to excel academically. “For me, the best part of attending CBU was the professor to student relationship,” says Matthew. “I cannot stress how lucky we are to have such incredible people working at CBU. Many of the professors that I have been in classes with over the years have now become valued friends and mentors.”

As Matthew prepares to move to Dartmouth to attend the Nova Scotia Community College for the Radio and Television Arts program, he looks back fondly at his time at CBU. He states, “I will always proudly wear my CBU and Orange Army shirts. My time at CBU has been an extremely positive experience for me, and I want to display this wherever my life takes me. My ultimate goal is to find work back in Cape Breton, which will allow me to become involved with CBU in new ways in the future.”

Until then Matthew will continue to work at the Highland Village Museum in Iona where he is currently employed. He also plans to keep attending plays the Boardmore Theatre and supporting CAPERS Athletics whenever he can. When asked if there was anything else he’d like to add, Matthew enthusiastically replied, “GO CAPERS GO!”


Terrance Bernard – Bachelor of Science, Nursing


Terrance Bernard from Eskasoni, says graduating from the Bachelor of Science Nursing program from Cape Breton University, is definitely a milestone in his life. Terrance is one of the first Aboriginal male students to graduate from the Nursing program. “My desire is that I will be a role model and have a positive influence on others in my community who are considering a career in nursing,” says Terrance.

“People believed in me and that was an important part of my success.” He says his family provided unconditional support, and his classmates were awesome. He notes that his professors and clinical instructors offered lots of encouragement. “With my professors cheering me on I wanted to excel in the classroom and I felt confident when I was on the nursing units.”

“Attending university is an amazing experience and it opens up so many career opportunities.” Heading off to CBU might be a big step for students, but he says if you work hard and dedicate yourself to your studies, you will excel. The next big step for Terrance is preparing for the NCLEX-RN examinations. These are the examinations all nurses take to become licensed. “With my licensing exam complete I am looking forward to a very successful career in nursing.”


Melissa MacInnis – Master of Business Administration (Community Economic Development)


Melissa MacInnis, a student from West Mabou NS, thought attaining a master’s degree was only a dream, but “Here I am!” she says. Returning to CBU as a mature student, while working full-time had its challenges. A graduate of the BACS program in 2013, Melissa is graduating, with a Master of Business Administration (Community Economic Development). The MBA (CED) is a unique offering at CBU. It delivers advanced business knowledge and skills in the context of the community and the world.

A self-described lifelong learner, Melissa looks forward to what life has to offer. She says it’s never too late to go back to school. “It’s important to have an open mind and expose yourself to new ideas and possibilities.” She would not have obtained a permanent position with the Department of Community Services, without completing her degree, proof that furthering your education is important.

Melissa maintains the faculty at CBU provide support and encouragement. They understand the needs of mature students who are balancing life and academic commitments. “There were times that I needed flexibility because of my work commitments and my professors were very accommodating.”

“I have truly enjoyed my time at CBU, especially the opportunity to stay in residence for the summer cohorts, the chance to meet students from all over the world and the support from fellow students,” reflects Melissa. “The University offers quality, affordable education and whether you’re a new student or a mature one, you should definitely consider attending CBU.”


Hasnain Sharif Karnali – Bachelor of Business Administration, Major in Accounting


“If I had to sum up my experience at CBU in one word it would be, AMAZING!” says Hasnain Sharif an international student at CBU from Karachi, Pakistan. He is graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in accounting. His future plans include an accounting designation.

Hasnain says he’s confident he is ready to work in the business world because his professors have provided him with the knowledge he needs to be successful. Hasnain, a dedicated student, was also a committed Students’ Union representative. As an elected member of the council, he represented international students, sat on the budget and by-laws committees and has been on the Dean’s List. Hasnain also found time to take part in campus activities, which he really enjoyed. “I not only received an exceptional education at CBU, I had fun too.”

Hasnain says he appreciated the guidance and support he received from faculty. “The professors at CBU don’t just teach, they are committed to seeing students succeed.” Hasnain says because of the relationship he had with his professors, he trusted and valued their advice.

For students considering CBU he says the University is a place where you will receive lots of good information from the faculty. He also maintains that international students receive support not only from CBU but from the surrounding communities.

Looking ahead to his long term goals he says, “I would love to come back to CBU to obtain a master’s degree and maybe someday I will be a professor here.”