SRSB kicks off African Heritage Month in Guysborough

By Lois Ann Dort    

GUYSBOROUGH – The regular monthly meeting of the Strait Regional School Board was held at the Afrikan Canadian Heritage and Friendship Centre at Chedabucto Place in Guysborough on Wednesday, February 1. School Board members were drummed into the meeting by Wayne Hamilton, executive director of African Nova Scotian Affairs, and he was joined by Board Member Joanne Reddick in the singing of the Black National Anthem.

Reddick, the African Nova Scotia Representative on the SRSB, followed the anthem with a stirring speech acknowledging the importance of the centre and the work of Gloria Wesley in getting the project off the ground. She also applauded the SRSB for their leadership in moving toward a more inclusive school experience for students of African descent. “Our school board is leading the way. We will leave no child behind.”

As part of the celebration of African Heritage Month a quilt was donated to the centre by the Primary Health Care Unity Quilting Group of Guysborough, lead by Lorraine Brymer and Janet Grant.

Speaking with media after the regular meeting adjourned, Superintendent Ford Rice gave an update on the planned move of SRSB headquarters from its current location on Cemetery Rd. in Port Hastings to the Strait Area Education Recreation Centre in Port Hawkesbury. The process is on schedule and the new offices should be open by mid-March. After the move, the building on Cemetery Rd. will be declared surplus to the needs of the SRSB and will revert to ownership of the Municipality of Inverness.

Superintendent Rice also read a prepared statement to the media in regards to the return to Work-to-Rule by provincial teachers. He stated that in consideration of the upcoming ratification vote on February 8 and to be sensitive to all parties involved in the negations, he would not be making any comments to media on the topic.