Donald Lecture Series: Maggie MacDonnell, Teacher and Community Builder
January 24 @ 7:00 pm
Maggie MacDonnell grew up in rural Nova Scotia and after completing her Bachelor’s degree, spent five years volunteering and working in Sub Saharan Africa, largely in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention. After completing her Masters degree she found her country was beginning to wake up to the decades of abuse that Canadian Indigenous people have lived through, including assaults on the environment and enormous economic and social inequality. As such, she sought out opportunities to teach indigenous communities in Canada and for the last six years has been a teacher in a fly-in Inuit village of Salluit.
Ms MacDonnell’s teaching approach is centred upon turning students from “problems” to “solutions” through “acts of kindness.” This approach has dramatically improved school attendance. MacDonnell encourages her students to working in community kitchens, attending suicide prevention training and hiking through national parks to understand environmental stewardship.