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Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, Senator for Nova Scotia

Lifting While I Lead: Social Work Leadership in Action with Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard

October 5, 2023 — 

The Honourable Wanda Thomas Bernard, Senator for Nova Scotia presents: “Lifting While I Lead: Social Work Leadership in Action,” as part of SENgage, Senate of Canada’s youth outreach program. 

Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard is the first African Nova Scotian woman to be appointed to the Senate of Canada, representing the province of Nova Scotia and her hometown of East Preston.

Senator Bernard champions issues impacting African Canadians and people living with disabilities. She is particularly invested in human rights, employment equity, and mental health.

Through her involvement in community projects, her social work career, her time with Dalhousie School of Social Work, and now her work in the Senate, Senator Bernard has maintained a deep dedication to social justice and racial justice. Senator Bernard advocates for reparations for the historical and continued anti-Black racism impacting the lives of African Canadians.

The Faculty of Social Work welcomes Senator Bernard next week for an online presentation.

Event details:
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Time: 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. CDT
Zoom link: 
Meeting ID: 655 7262 6670
Passcode: 822511

For more information, please contact Monica Batac at

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