The Diverse Voices for Change and the Association of Black Social Workers had a seminar tagged ‘The Experiences of African Canadian Women In Leadership within the Public Sector’ on Monday November 20th, 2017. I was invited for the seminar by The Diverse Voices for Change and it was a great experience to be among other great women in the community.
We had in our midst, Wanda Thomas Bernard, the first African Nova Scotian woman to serve in the Senate Chamber.
According to Wikipedia:
“Wanda Thomas Bernard (born August 1, 1953) is a Canadian social worker and educator from East Preston, Nova Scotia. Bernard is the first Black Canadian to have an academic tenure position and become a full professor at Dalhousie University, where her research focuses on anti-oppression and diversity. Bernard was one of the founding members of the Association of Black Social Workers. In 2004, she was awarded the Order of Canada for her work addressing racism and diversity in the field of social work and in 2014, she was awarded the Order of Nova Scotia. On October 27, 2016, Bernard was named to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sit as an independent. At the time of her appointment, she was the chair of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. She is the first African Nova Scotian woman to serve in the Senate Chamber.”
It took place at Halifax City Hall. There was light refreshments and it was a delight as always to meet other women in the community doing great exploits.
Thank you once again The Diverse Voices for Change for always finding me worthy of attending such inspiring and motivating sessions.