"My vibrant month at Dalhousie taught me the importance of stepping outside my comfort zone on a regular basis--this has been a powerful instrument for my learning and growth. Moreover, SHAD introduced me to program leaders and peers who believed in my potential, which has helped me build the confidence to take on leadership roles and challenge the status quo in the years that have followed. To connect at that age with a warm community of like-minded peers, who share a passion for leadership and for social impact, was invaluable. In my experiences since SHAD, I have often crossed paths with SHAD alumni, and the instant connection and support I find among these friends makes me realize how valuable the SHAD experience continues to be."
“Christie has been an active participant in the Shad program for many years. People here recognise that engaging our youth has an overall benefit to them as well as to Christie. I am always impressed by the level of engagement from the Shad students that we have.”
"Attending SHAD was singlehandedly the best decision I have made in my life thus far. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to fit in or not, but after spending a month with the 70-something brilliant, dedicated, and accomplished youth and program leaders, I felt more inspired than ever to be a leader in my community and work hard to improve the problems around me."
“I am very impressed with the Shad Program. Every intern we have hired through this program has been top-notch. These young people are truly mature beyond their years, and are very high achievers. It is a pleasure to work with these individuals, and it gives me great personal satisfaction to mentor them.”
"I am writing to let you know what a wonderful experience I had at Shad. I met many like-minded individuals, and forged unbreakable bonds with them. Over the month, SHAD and the SHAD Cup project has taught me that it is not what you do that matters, but who you do it with.
I truly believe Shad has opened my eyes, showing me that I am not alone in the pursuit of excellence, and that there are brilliant youth all over the country who aspire to do the same."
“As an educator, I am deeply grateful to SHAD for offering my students invaluable life experiences – from the application process to participation in the program, which helped them gain entrance into highly competitive university programs. SHAD’s focus on accessibility has rewarded some of my students with the opportunity to attend SHAD that otherwise would have only been a dream. SHAD offered them a chance to network and expand horizons and see themselves in a new light also.”