When Sheila Blair-Reid (BComm’86) began her role as executive director of alumni engagement in 2016, it was a coming home of sorts.
“Both of my parents dedicated their careers to the university—my dad as a biochemist in the Faculty of Medicine, and my mom as an administrator. In turn I spent a lot of my childhood on campus. You could say my love for Dal started then.” It was also here where Blair-Reid discovered her entrepreneurial drive, as a student in the Faculty of Management. She went on to build Metro Guide Publishing, Atlantic Canada’s largest magazine publishing house, before returning to Dalhousie. “I was keen to work with an institution where I can look back on life and feel that I helped make a difference in the world.”
HIGHLIGHTS: Blair-Reid is inspired by the impact her more than 130,000 fellow alumni worldwide are making, and excited by their shared potential. “We are connected by a common background, and more importantly, by a common vision around what we can do together. That lifelong connection is powerful.” Especially motivated by Dalhousie’s 200th anniversary in 2018, Blair-Reid looks forward to bringing the celebration to alumni through a Canadian coast-to-coast bicentennial bus tour and a supersized Global Homecoming. “We have all played a role in Dal’s history and that is something to celebrate.”
WHY SHE DOES IT: Blair-Reid is driven by an enthusiasm to connect alumni with their alma mater. “Our goal is to offer alumni opportunities to engage with the university, its students and research, and each other in meaningful ways.”