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Donald Lecture | Maggie MacDonnell, Teacher and Community Builder

*this lecture will be available for live stream (see details below)*

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.

Maggie MacDonnell was awarded the 2017 Global Teacher Prize out of thousands of applicants from around the world. The award is presented by the Varkey Foundation. The prize was established three years ago to recognize one exceptional teacher a year who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession, employs innovative classroom practices and encourages others to join the teaching profession.


*Live stream lectures

Bishop’s University is pleased to offer lectures for home viewing on a computer via live stream. Alumni, parents, faculty, and employees of Bishop’s University who live outside of the Eastern Townships will receive a password protected link and corresponding password via email on the afternoon of the lecture date. Copies of the lecture will not be made available after the event. If you are a parent or alumni and would like to ensure you receive this email, please contact

Donald Lecture Series speakers have been selected from nominations submitted by Bishop’s students, faculty, staff and community members. The Donald Lecture Series Advisory Committee is comprised of students, staff, faculty and community members, and provides recommendations to Principal Michael Goldbloom on the speakers. Nominations for the 2018-2019 season will open in March 2018 – we welcome your ideas!

For all questions regarding the Donald Lecture Series, please contact Denise Lauzière, Executive Assistant to the Principal and Vice-Principal at, or 819-822-9600, ext. 2201.

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