Carol D. Young

Carol D. Young, C.M.

Doctor of Civil Law

Carol D. Young will receive an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree. She is a passionate advocate and a dedicated volunteer for a wide variety of charitable, community and non-profit organizations.

Carol served on the organizing committees that created Ronald McDonald House and the Children?s Discovery Centre in Halifax. She has served of Boards as diverse as Neptune Theatre and the Life Sciences Development Association and is currently on the Board and a member of the Executive of the Pier 21 Society, Canada?s Immigration Museum.

For 10 years Carol was a member of the Board of the IWK Children?s Hospital; she was instrumental in the creation of the IWK Children?s Hospital Telethon and later served as Chair of the IWK Foundation. As well she was a member of the working group established by Health and Welfare Canada that formulated the guidelines for ?Child and Youth Long Term Services? for Canadian hospitals.

Committed to changing the way people think about mental illness, Carol is the immediate Past Chair of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia and currently is a member of the Campaign Cabinet for ?Opening Minds,? the first ever capital campaign for mental health in Nova Scotia.

Growing up in Ottawa, Carol developed a life-long interest in public affairs. After completing her education at MacDonald Institute, now the University of Guelph, she joined the staff of the Minister of National Health and Welfare. In 1972, as Special Assistant to the Minister of Labour, she was responsible for overseeing the establishment of the National Advisory Council on the Status of Women in Canada.

In recognition of her service to the community, Carol was chosen ?Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser? by the Canadian Society of Fundraising Executives; she is an Honourary Life Member of the IWK Health Centre, an Honourary Trustee of the IWK Health Centre Foundation, a recipient of the YWCA Women of Recognition Award and the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. In 2005 Carol was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.

This honourary degree recognizes her service and leadership to the community. She exemplifies Saint Mary's University?s longstanding tradition of providing service to communities at home and around the world.