Alumni profile: Leslie Ruth Dunning

Leslie Ruth Dunning.
As an Earth Sciences undergraduate student, Leslie Dunning (BSc Earth Sciences ’77) volunteered regularly with the Canadian Red Cross. She intended to stay involved as a volunteer after graduation, but the opportunity of a position with the international humanitarian organization was irresistible.  More than 36 years later she retired, having served in ten different positions.  As a Director General she championed many Canadian Red Cross initiatives, including Aboriginal engagement, online learning and cross-cultural training. 

Leslie engaged with and mentored staff and volunteer leaders at many not-for-profit organizations, especially those working to advance the safety and well-being of children and youth. Additionally, she provided volunteer leadership with sport and music organizations; she believes in the values which sport and music can help instill in young people.

A life-long learner, she developed association governance and management skills through formal and informal education, earned an MBA, and became a Certified Management Accountant (CPA, CMA).