Kamla Williams smiling at the camera in the McCain Atrium on campusKamla Williams, a dynamic alumna of Mount Saint Vincent University, is making a lasting impact on our communities as a clinical social worker, entrepreneur, ADHD coach, spoken word poet, author, and volunteer.

Kamla’s academic journey began in Jamaica, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work in 2014 and worked as a Medical Social Worker, supporting individuals with HIV, AIDS, TB and STIs. While living in Jamaica, Kamla says she concealed her true self as a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community due to fear of persecution.

Seeking a master’s degree program in Canada, Kamla says she chose MSVU for its lower tuition and vibrant Afrocentric student community. Her arrival in Halifax to begin a Master of Arts in Child & Youth Study degree in 2020 coincided with the pandemic’s peak. After two weeks in quarantine, she experienced snow for the first time, humorously mistaking it for ash.

Kamla quickly utilized MSVU’s services, including the International Education Centre, library research, the Centre for Women in Business, and the Black Student Support Office. She also was a Peer Support Worker aiding fellow students during the pandemic and volunteered with the black student office.

However, the most transformative support came from MSVU’s Health & Wellness and Accessibility Services teams. A diagnosis of ADHD and then implementation of related supports improved Kamla’s focus and academic performance, enabling her to excel in her master’s program.

Today, Kamla supports six clinics for the Nova Scotia Health Authority in primary health care. She is an exemplary MSVU alumni committed to making a difference in her community.

MSVU’s history is rich with the stories of countless people who’ve had an impact on the university and in the broader community. Over the course of 2023, we’re featuring mini stories about these wonderful MSVU students, faculty, staff, alum and friends of the university. Check back often to meet more amazing MSVU people.