Student Emergency Relief Fund


It’s a powerful thing when a community comes together to support those who are struggling. That deep-rooted concern and compassion for one another is what makes the Dalhousie community truly great.

Many Dal students are facing unprecedented and immediate hardships as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and they need your help. Your support to the Student Emergency Relief Fund will go to the area of greatest student need during this crisis, such as:

• Loss of part-time or summer employment
• Unexpected travel costs and travel restrictions
• Food insecurity issues
• Housing concerns, including rent and utilities

Your donation – no matter the size – will have an immediate and lasting impact on Dalhousie students as they navigate through this unprecedented time. Every dollar helps. If you would like more information about this campaign or how to make a multi-year gift, please contact: Ben McIsaac, AVP Development at or by phone at 902-494-4576.


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Paul Beesley

Chi Perrie

I just want to help students at this difficult time.

Raghav Sampangi

Let us all work together as we make our way through this reality, to create a harmonious and compassionate new normal.

Zheng Pang

We are all in this together because we are DAL!

Siobhan Hanratty

Vincent Sweeney

I am sure that there is a need. I hope that those who are truly in need are assisted. I'm not sure that persons living in Canada have really experienced severe hunger, so I hope that the funds will be well used.

Stephanie Jaffres

Gita Anand

John MacLatchy

Kathie Wheadon

Anne McLellan

Jérôme Blais

Roderick McInnes

Goyette Nathalie

Elena Powell

I hope that by supporting the Student Emergency Relief Fund students in need can be helped -- these are very difficult & challenging times.

Colin Richardson

Anne-Marie Charron

Thor Kuhlmann

Paul Mombourquette

Ellen Jost

A worthy cause! I was a student once too and can appreciate these difficult times.

Stephen Knowles

Josephine Muxlow

These are challenging times for some students. Thus, it is important to support students as you would like to be supported should you be in the same situation.

Debra Pepler

I would like to dedicate this to the President of Dalhousie University, Dr. Deep Saini, who wrote me a most encouraging personal note earlier this year. His thoughtfulness in reaching out to me personally, with a supportive letter, is most appreciated. As a former student who benefitted tremendously from my years at Dal, I am eager to support the students of today who are facing unprecedented cha

Shashank gupta

Renelle LeBlanc-Scott

I just can't imagine being a university student, struggling already financially and having to navigate the perils of quaranting, social isolation and loss of summer employment/clinical hours... I hope this small amount can help alleviate a bit of that worry for existing students!

Colin Conrad

Patricia Figueredo

I want to support students in need at this critical time so that can succeed with their dreams.

Indranil Dutta

We shall come out of this soon and will be stronger together.

Terri Langille

Ruth Martin-Misener

Judy Wells

This may be the area of the most immediate need, so I hope it is useful.

Donald Church

Simone Abbass

Margaret Langley

Anna Cranston

So many students rely on the salary they earn completing work-integrated-learning and summer jobs in order to support their academic pursuits. The impact of Covid-19 on the availability of student jobs is enormous. Having worked in the student career field for the lions-share of my university career, I am thrilled to be able to support this project Dal initiative using the money I am saving on ga

joyce hoeven

Stay strong ... stay focussed and above all .... be kind. We are all in this together and together we will overcome our current challenges.

Frances Wilkinson

Even in good times, many undergraduates live on the edge financially. As a retired professor, I can only imagine how stressful this pandemic period must be for young people, just starting their careers and trying to complete degrees.

Jonathan Fourdraine

Back in the mid 90's Dalhousie was there to help me as a student during a time of need. Happy to "pay it forward" during these uncertain times.



Cynthia Pilichos

As an alumna, my heart goes out to students who are adversely affected by Covid-19 and the impact it has had on life as we have known it. Best wishes to them all.

Wynne Lock

Ron Beaton

Best wishes to all the students at Dal during this challenging time. It will pass.

Margaret Marilyn ( please use M Marilyn for all but tax) Hutchings


Brenda Merritt

We are in this together!

Wilma Mays

edris dookie

Jean Macdonald

Susan Mansour

This pandemic is having such a negative impact on us all, not the least of which are the students who work so hard to have the means to obtain an education. It must be so isolating and frightening for them in so many ways and I hope that I can help ease someone's burden a little.

Ingrid Dandanell

Shin Woon Chan

Thanks for the university helping student to continue learning in a safe environment during this unprecedented time.

Martha Ferguson

Together as a community we are strong and will ensure we all get through this! Stay strong and positive and know this is not forever!

Judy Flecknell

Reid Morden

The ability of students to continue their studies is vital. Education is the foundation of a functioning, civil society

Watanabe Toshifumi

Studying is important for students themselves as well as for the society and more for the earth. Regardless where to live, I am proud of studying at Dal and hope increasing more students thinking the same way.

Jane Walker

To all Dal Students, Stay strong. Explore options to stay in school. You will get through this. Thinking of you and sending virtual hugs!

Janet Cooper

Gurminder Singh Chahil

Lisa Goldberg

As we pull together through acts of compassion as a community to support our incredible students, I encourage each of us to give wherever we can. It is only through these generous acts of kindness where we collectively come together that we are able to make the difference needed to see our students thrive.

Lara White

This is a great initiative to help students in need. Most Dal students are working their way through university... I used to be one of them and the loss of income would be catastrophic. I hope this little bit helps.

Robert Craig

I thought this would be of great help to Dal's students as they're struggling with the inconveniences of the current pandemic.

Eric Brown

Xiaoming Ye

Dalhousie is a great and warm family. We are all together and show solidarity under current circumstances. In addition, this is to pay back what I received from Dalhousie over twenty years ago.

Teri Balser

We all can use a little help. Be good to one another! And stay safe.

Graham Gagnon

Bernard Hibbitts

Indranil Dutta

We shall overcome !

Laurel King

I remember being a student and scraping together loose change for groceries some weeks. I hope this helps someone to go shopping for some staples to help eat decent food while they are finishing their academic year under bizarre and unexpected circumstances.

Lesley Brechin

Rajasekaran Lada

Heather Sutherland

Kate Somers

Ian Bezanson

Brian and Lisa Johnston

Eshwar Kotturu

Jeffrey Roy

Deep Saini

Siobhan Doherty

Dal students are always deserving of our support but now is the time they need it most. I am happy to contribute during this difficult time in the hopes I can make things a little easier for someone else.

Catherine Currell

Matt Proctor

Judith Guernsey

Ultimately it is our students who are the reason for us being at Dal.. They are our future and in whom we should all be investing during this very difficult time!!

Laurie Graham

Jennifer Pierce

Ben McIsaac

Peter Fardy

Pollen Yeung

Students need help in time of crisis like during the pandemics. I am happy to offer my help!

Michelle Hunter

It is important that the Dalhousie community come together to support our students in their time of need. Stay Strong...Stay Safe...Stay Well. Michelle

Rochelle Owen

Ankush Randhawa

Dalhousie (and Halifax) was a warm embrace to me as a foreign student, first time out of my country. Our community will see us through. Stay strong everyone and stay connected.

John Jenkins

I went to Dalhousie very young and did not do well as I lacked direction. When my business venture on the Islands of Halifax Harbour was blocked from growth I decided to return to school at 31, with 3 kids and the support of my wife. I am grateful to Dalhousie for allowing me a second chance and allowing me to learn a trade which has given me a tremendously rewarding career. Good Luck to you all !

Dr Finlay Spicer

I remember some hard times as a student, I cannot imagine anything as difficult as the uncertainty facing students.

Chris Field

My thoughts and prayers go out to the students unable to return home. They are such an important part of our community and deserve all the support we can give them.

Marty Leonard

Alain Boutet

Support to students is the very essence of an higher education institution, and Dalhousie University surely embraces this idea, particularly in times of crisis.

Patricia Livingston

We care, please stay well. Love

Jessica Han

Let's hold up together!

Anders Hayden

Ann Pyne

These are unprecedented times and students need our help. Wishing everyone the best of health.