Dr. Martha Jodrey
2012 Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian, Nova Scotia
Dr. Martha Jodrey has been a tireless champion for students with learning disabilities for over 27 years. She has fundraised for institutions and challenged governments for greater awareness, and has introduced academic support programs for students at every academic level.
Dr. Martha Jodrey Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian 2012
After establishing academic support programs for students with learning disabilities in Nova Scotia at the primary (1987), secondary (1986) and university (1990) levels Dr. Jodrey became the driving force behind the endowment of the Gail and Stephen Jarislowsky International Chair in Learning Disabilities at Mount Saint Vincent University.
It is the first Chair of its kind in Canada and only one of four in the world, which provides Bachelor and Master of Education graduates with enhanced knowledge and intervention skills in identifying and teaching children with learning disabilities in a classroom setting.
In 1985, Dr. Jodrey established a high school academic program at Bridgeway Academy for students with learning disabilities. In 1987 she helped to establish Oakwood Academy also for students with learning disabilities (primary to grade 9) in Windsor, N. S.
She established the University Academic Support Program for students with learning disabilities at the Atlantic Centre for Support for Disabled Students at Saint Mary’s University in 1990 and the Centre for Excellence in Learning at King’s- Edgehill School in 2004.
Dr. Jodrey has made a significant contribution serving on several boards and committees for Saint Mary’s University, QEII Health Sciences Foundation, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, where she established the Government Relations Committee which helped stabilize funding from the Province of Nova Scotia and led the expansion to house the Maud Lewis permanent collection.
A relentless fundraiser with the heart of a humanitarian, Dr. Jodrey has played an active role in eight major capital campaigns. She chaired the launch event for Saint Mary’s University’s 1991 capital campaign; acted as special fundraiser for the Atlantic Centre for SMU’s 2005 capital campaign; chaired a capital campaign for Mount Saint Vincent University; with Salvation Army as honorary chair; with pacesetting and leadership gifts for the Kings-Edgehill capital campaign in 2002; as well as for two capital campaigns for Bridgeway Academy for Learning Disabled Students, in 1985 and 2002.