It is my pleasure to be a Declared Candidate for District 10 in the upcoming Fall, Municipal election, on Saturday October 17th, 2020.
I was born, and raised, in the St. Margaret’s Bay area; a proud daughter of immigrant parents from Trinidad and Tobago. My parents came here as teachers, in 1966, and instilled in me the value of both learning and educating others. I resided in District 10, on Glenforest Drive, for 8 years, and for the past 12 years my husband, Shawn, and I, have called Clayton Park home.
My teaching career began at SMU, in the TESL Centre (Teaching English as a Second Language). I then had the pleasure of working at the Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre (HILC) as a teacher of adults who came to Canada from a multitude of different countries. What a joyous experience, to be able to meet, and share a love of Canada with such a multicultural community. The opportunity to work as a Multicultural Consultant, twice with the NS Department of Education, and all eight (8) school boards, provided me the opportunity to incorporate my love of teaching, my knowledge of equity, diversity, inclusion, human rights, social justice, and my passion for curriculum development into one role. My career then led me to be the Equity Officer for the NS Barrister’s Society, and for MSVU. The opportunity to work overseas, in Qatar, was one that I could not refuse. A two-year faculty position as a Program Development Co-ordinator was perfect as it incorporated all of my experience and passions. I am currently working for the Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) as the Co-ordinator, Community Capacity. Since 1998, I have been a part time Faculty member at MSVU, teaching in both the B.Ed. and M. Ed. Programs. To date, I have taught thousands of teachers.
I firmly believe in our community and, over the years, have been an active volunteer in a variety of areas. One of my favourite volunteer experiences was when I was the Program Founder, and Director, of the Thinker’s Lodge Peace Institute (Pugwash, NS). I have served on the Board of Directors of Peaceful Schools International, Board of Directors of the Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia, and as a Board member of the Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre. Additionally, I was a founding member of the Waves of Compassion Association. Currently, I am a member of the Transformational Leadership Initiative at my church (St. Andrew’s United). I am pleased to have worked with all equity-seeking groups in our community. I am so delighted that both my volunteer work, and my professional life, have allowed me to both learn from, and educate, our community.
The dragonfly has always held great meaning for me. It is a symbol for transformation. Now's the Time.