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The Periodical of the Black Business Initiative

Darla Johnston SLIC Laser Also in this Issue • The Arrow’s Club • Certified Accountants

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“A dynamic and vibrant Black presence within the Nova Scotia Business Community.”

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Message from the Board of Directors

Message from the Board


Message from the Chief Executive Officer



Greg Browning, Chair, Black Business Initiative


I had an opportunity to attend the National Minority Supplier Development Conference in the U.S. this past fall. These organization help minority-owned businesses become better enabled to meet the needs of corporate America. They help corporate America find minority suppliers who can provide the goods and services they need. They receive tax credits by legislation based on the number of minority businesses they help develop so they can compete in the mainstream supply chain. While they are mandated by legislation, they have seen the benefits of increased diversity in their supplier development.

In Canada, we pride ourselves on our multicultural society, which allows people to keep their cultural and ethnic identities while, at the same time, being proud and contributing Canadians. Are we, as entrepreneurs and corporations, taking advantage of this in our normal business practices?

According to Scott Page, who is a leading professor at the University of Michigan and has studied diversity and its impact, his research tells him that diversity will trump ability everytime. Also, his research supports the theory that to solve hard problems, you need to have a diverse group of people. If you have a diverse group of people with good abilities, they will outperform a non-diverse group with more ability.

If you are a business owner, ask yourself these questions. Is your business diverse enough? Are you losing opportunities because your business is not diverse enough? Do you have enough diversity in your suppliers, employees, and customers? Getting multiple or different points of view from your suppliers and employees will lead to better solutions for your customers.

For those who are African Canadian small business owners, do you have enough balance in your business as well? Many business owners try to do it all – acting as the sales manager, finance manager, human resources manager, production manager, and more. When you try to do everything yourself, you have to realize that you cannot be an expert in everything and you are only getting one point

Peter Marsman

In this Issue


Potters House of Unique Crafts & Fine Cabinetry 5 Steve’s Barber Shop in Springhill


TRAILBLAZERS Certified Accountants




The Law and Your Business


Virginia shares black history with N.S.


Waverley Road Family Dental Care


Cultural Tourism




The Arrow's Club Edward William (Billy) Downey


Pleasant Haven


People & Business on the Move




Business & Community Events


New BBI Staff Mahogany Lucas


Regional Reports Business Development









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pring is here and, with winter slowly receding from our memories, it is the time to renew and reinvigorate. Like the new leaves budding, spring gives you an opportunity to look at this from a new and fresh perspective.

continued on page 6 > Black to Business is the official periodical of The Black Business Initiative and is published quarterly spring, summer, fall, and winter. Its goal is to support the BBI as it fosters a dynamic and vibrant Black presence within the Nova Scotia Business Community.

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The Black Business Initiative Centennial Building Suite 1201,1660 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1V7 Phone: 902-426-2224 Fax: 902-426-8699 Toll Free: 1-888-664-9333 E-Mail: bbi@bbi.ns.ca Web Site: www.bbi.ca Published by: the Black Business Initiative Editor in Chief: Rustum Southwell Design & Layout: Design North Production by: Mirabliss Media Productions Cover Photograph: Paul Adams

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Message From the Chief Executive Officer S. I. Rustum Southwell Peter Marsman

health to wealth. The year 2011 is no different. You see it in magazines, emails and social media stories – how to lose one-third of your body mass in a week and remain healthy and have lots more energy, or how to stay at home and make hundreds of dollars an hour and hundreds of thousands of dollars per month or year. If this was reality we would be all trim, fit and very, very rich. Real life and good business needs more planning and discipline than that.


n the previous issue of Black to Business we reported on the September board retreat, with

some selected community leaders also in attendance, and we reflected on the current very tough global economy. As in other times of similar conditions in modern economic history, the only way out is to go forward. On December 31, 2010, we celebrated, like everyone else, the end of the first decade of this new century with new hope for our entrepreneurial future. Hope Blooms, the salad dressing company owned by youth in the north end of Halifax and conceptualized and operated by Jessie Jollymore of the North End Health Clinic, gives us renewed hope for our children in the future. These children are speaking in their own words about their urban farm and, more importantly, their future. The only way out is the way forward. Nothing that is of merit happens easily; expect the way forward to be a long hard journey. At the start of every year there is always a multitude of quick fixes promoted for everything in the universe, from

On January 24, 2011, the third cohort of the Constructing the Future construction trades skill development program kicked off. This program is delivered with funds from Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Workforce Development and in partnership with Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and companies and unions in the construction sector. With the first and second cohorts placing a dozen participants in trades programs at NSCC and an additional 20 in apprenticeship and employment, interest has been high for months. Braving one of the coldest days so far this winter, with temperatures reaching an arctic chill of minus 27 degrees Celsius, 29 out of 30 hopeful youth took charge of their lives by showing up to attend the orientation week. For them, this is the way forward. And we realize that our work is successful because of the private and public sector support we have enjoyed with our partners who have worked with us over the years. An example is our long standing partnership with the African Nova Scotian Music Association, where for a dozen years we have been the Presenting Sponsor of their flagship awards event. There are other similar relationships, for example the current sites (e.g. Black Cultural Centre, Black Loyalist Heritage Society) involved in the cultural tourism strategy breaking

into a niche market to grow the economy of Nova Scotia. Even our private sector partners like Global Television, 10 years and going strong, and Royal Bank (for 13 years) provide us with the tools, confidence and support to move forward. We also take the time to celebrate those homegrown businesses that by their own passion, desire and good management practices are seeing outstanding growth in these tough economic times. Darla Johnston, CEO and owner of SLIC, is a testimony of triumph. As a single mother she dared to map her own future by starting her specialized vanity service company that has held its own over the years. Her inspirational story is our cover feature of this issue.

Our team of board members and staff continue to lead the way by following our current strategic plan with its strategic priorities.

Our team of board members and staff continue to lead the way by following our current strategic plan with its strategic priorities. The plan has also been instrumental in exposing and supporting the need for business management, technical knowledge and skills development and improvement. This is done through workshops, courses created to meet the needs of, and delivered around, client schedules, and by continued on page 8 >

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Darla Johnston & SLICLASER Shauntay Grant

Photography: Paul Adams

Darla Johnston, Owner / CEO

Katy Scott, Esthetician

Spa Room

Treatment Room

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A 2007 recipient of

charming Cape Cod sits

BBI’s Entrepreneur of

quietly behind a brick

the Year Award, and

building, away from the

noise of Lower Sackville’s main drag. The earth-toned colour scheme lends itself to comfort and relaxation. Beautifully framed paintings

a proud mother of two, Johnston prides herself on teaching her daughters that “they can do whatever they desire” –

and awards compliment the décor. Add to that a fireplace, furniture accents, infrared sauna, luxurious spa shower with multiple water jets… Clearly if Darla Johnston’s vision of owning her own laser hair removal clinic did not pan out, she could have made a successful go as an interior designer. Thankfully though for her clients, business at SLIC LASER is booming as usual. “For this quarter already I’m up $10,000,” beams Johnston. “I prayed for a job in Sackville. And God gave me a successful business.” Since opening her 500-squarefoot clinic nine years ago in Lower Sackville, Johnston has experienced steady sales growth – 20 percent from last year alone. In 2008 she purchased her current location which boasts seven rooms, two floors, and 2,400 square feet of comfort, quality care, and top notch customer service. And in addition to her signature services – which include laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, veins and sun spots – Johnston is now offering spa services, teeth whitening, and infrared sauna therapy. “I found myself sending (my clients) to other places to get treatments done,” says the Lasertrologist and Certified Laser Technician (C.L.T.).

So in an effort to make SLIC LASER a one-stop shop, Johnston now offers a full line of esthetic services – manicures, pedicures, facials, mudwraps, and more. Esthetician Katy Scott – a new employee of SLIC LASER – says it’s Johnston’s long-lasting result that sets SLIC LASER apart from its competition. “(As well as) Darla’s personality,” she adds. “She really draws people in with her professionalism and friendliness.” Johnston prides herself in offering permanent solutions and peace of mind to her clients. “This is the end of the line,” she says. “They’re anxious to get rid of something that bothers them. If you have excess hair, spider veins, or sun spots, these are permanent conditions until you have laser treatments to remove them. And this is where I come in.” “They’ve already tried everything else,” she adds. Which can be costly, considering the hundreds of dollars that women in particular spend annually on razors, waxing, cremes and other products whose results often last just days. “Now they want to make a $500 investment or more because they’ve

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already spent that year after year,” says Johnston. “It might seem like a big investment up front, but in the long run you’re saving money, and you’re saving time.” While most of Johnston’s clients are women, she has a 30 percent male clientele. In particular, she’s assisted many men affected by a condition called pseudofolliculitis barbae. “Just a fancy word for ingrown hair,” says Johnston. A common problem among black men in particular, Johnston says she has helped a lot of men with this condition. A 2007 recipient of BBI’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and a proud mother of two, Johnston prides herself on teaching her daughters that “they can do whatever they desire” – they even help out with the business, assisting Johnston with trade shows and working reception over the summer months. Johnston says owning her own business has been a blessing for her as a single mother. “The beauty of owning this business is that I can choose my own hours, and everything is done by appointment,” she says. “I don’t work weekends. And when Friday rolls around, it’s time for me to be home with my family.”

3 Pinehill Dr., Lwr Sackville, NS

Darla Johnston, Owner/CEO

902-865-1516 www.sliconline.com

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Potters House

of Unique Crafts and Fine Cabinetry Paul Adams

this on my own, maybe I can do better things.” According to the Nova Scotia Community College website, cabinet making “begins with a love for woodworking and an eye for detail.”

Rod Parsons, Potters House of Unique Crafts & Fine Cabinetry


fter putting in his nine to five at the University of King’s College, Rod Parsons heads home to build something. Sometimes it’s a kitchen cabinet. Sometimes it’s an entertainment centre. Whatever he’s working on, Parsons starts from scratch, carefully crafting a piece of wood into something new.

“There’s a lot of satisfaction that you’re able to do something and people appreciate it. That’s the key behind it,” Parsons says, owner of Potters House of Unique Crafts and Fine Cabinetry. While growing up, Rob Parsons sometimes worked with his father, who was also a carpenter and built houses for a living. It was then that Parsons knew he wanted to follow in his footsteps. For over 30 years, Parsons has worked as a freelance cabinetmaker and carpenter. After graduating from a local college in 1977 and working for someone else, he realized his dreams to work for himself. “I wasn’t paid what I was qualified to do. So I thought if I can do

Whether he is making a kitchen table or a set of shelves, Parsons ensures that he gets the intricate details his client is looking for. “You have to go through what your plans are and try and build it. You have to do what the customer wants.”

Parsons’ customers range from individuals who want their houses to look nicer to more commercial clients such as drug stores, store fronts, and service counters. And he takes pride in his work too. Parsons recently completed a wall unit for someone in Halifax. “It stands up really nice,” he says. “You have to take pride in what you do. That was my dad’s motto. If you do something, do it right.” Parsons enjoys the flexibility of working for himself part-time and says it’s a “good feeling to be able to work on your own terms.” By wrapping your mind around what your goals are and staying focused on those goals, Parsons says anyone can achieve their dreams. “If you have a dream, go for it. Don’t let someone tell you that you can’t do it. You have to have the mindset that you can do anything,” he says.

Sunjay Mathuria As for Parsons’s next step, he’s working on getting his red seal for cabinet making and then he hopes to put his 30 years of experience to use in the classroom as a teacher. “I want to enjoy doing something like teaching to finish off my remainder of my career.” With Potters House of Unique Crafts and Fine Cabinetry, Parsons wants to continue to expand his services and launch a website soon so he can put up some samples and pictures. He is also currently researching the pet care industry and is thinking of making caskets for pet funerals. “Pets are so valued by families that it makes sense of them to have a service for them. There are different designs and different woods involved with caskets. It’s just something I’m looking into right now as something on the side,” he says. Parsons is a busy guy, but he doesn’t seem to mind. When you love what you do and you do it to the best of your ability, “the doors will fall open.”

Potters House of Unique Crafts and Fine Cabinetry Rod Parsons, Owner 43 Beaver Bank Rd., Lower Sackville, NS land line: 864 3094 cell: 233 0529


REPORT Gordon Doe

CEDIF: Invest in Nova Scotia Eight years ago we established our Community Economic Development Investment Fund. Last year, our portfolio reached a significant milestone of $500,000 and this year will turn profitable. Our goal this year is to build on our success and return value to shareholders. Today, with a capital base of $500,000 and a total of $920,000 invested through 11 different investments in six businesses, we are fulfilling our mandate. We are raising more funds this year to have more to invest in businesses as we anticipate the turnaround in the economy; and at a bigger portfolio size, our percentage cost of operations will reduce and we will be able to pass on net returns to shareholders.

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of view – yours. Another problem occurs when you try to grow your business and you have to deal with others’ points of view. Whether you are mainstream suppliers or a small business owner, the Black Business Initiative (BBI) can help. We have knowledge of Black-owned businesses through our regional business development managers, business directories, and our extensive network of contacts. We can help you find someone to meet your particular needs. If you are an African Nova Scotia business owner, there are many ways the BBI can help with training, skill and knowledge development, financial assistance and contacts.

On January 24, 2011, 29 of the 30 successful applicants arrived for the first day of Constructing the Future Program Phase III.

At the BBI board level, we have had a few changes. Joe Paris, our former vice chair, has completed nine years on the board, and now has the distinction of being added to our Lifetime Board Members club. While Joe is leaving the board, and he has been formally thanked by the organization, I would again like to personally thank him for his time and dedication to the board. He has almost never missed a meeting, which is remarkable considering he had to travel from Sydney. Joe, while you are leaving the BBI board, we continue to look forward to your contributions to the Black Business Community Investment Fund and as the chair of our Business is Jammin’ youth entrepreneurship charity.

The Black Business Initiative, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), continues to run this successful program. Twelve former participants have made it into trades programs at the NSCC and another 15 are working in the construction sector.

We also welcomed a new board member, Cynthia Dorrington of Vale & Associates. Cynthia will bring her experience as a human resource specialist and business owner to the board and we look forward to benefiting from her skills and experiences.

To invest in the Fund or receive more information on this program, contact me at 902-426-6985.

Greg Browning, Chair

As a reminder, the benefit from investing in the Fund is a 35 percent tax credit upon investment, increasing to a total of 65 percent over a 15-year holding period. The funds are RRSP-eligible so you can use your RRSP dollars for investment and still receive the tax credit. And finally, over the long term you can expect dividends based on the performance of companies we invest in. The deadline for investing is March 1, 2011. Constructing The Future

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Central Shakara Russell

Cultural Liaisons for Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture Project The Black Business Initiative is working with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture (NSDA) as a Cultural Liaison to conduct a needs assessment of the Agricultural Services for African Nova Scotian Farmers Project. The purpose as envisioned by NSDA is to discover the best ways to provide services to the African Nova Scotian and underrepresented groups interested in the agricultural sector, and to introduce the THINKFARM Program initiative whose mandate includes supporting beginning and transitioning farmers in Nova Scotia and attracting new people into the industry. The project hopes to explore the African Nova Scotian community’s participation in the Agriculture sector, barriers that have held back the African Nova Scotian community’s participation in this sector and ideas on how to interest more people in the Agriculture sector of Nova Scotia, especially the youth. For more information on the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture services or the THINKFARM Program, please visit them online at www.gov. ns.ca/agri If you have comments, questions, suggestions, etc., please feel free to contact me at (902) 426-6692 or email: Russell.Shakara@bbi.ns.ca

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Steve’s Barber Shop in Springhill

Carol Dobson

Greg Nazaire, RBDM / BBI

Twenty-three years ago, he returned to Springhill where he operated his business for 23 years. Then, last June, he moved his business to the site of Bob’s Barber Shop on Victoria Street in Amherst. He’s in a busy location, near the heart of the downtown and, so far, business is good. Despite what’s been in the media lately, he says Amherst is still continuing to draw customers in to its downtown and to the big box stores and malls on South Albion Street, even if people are Steve Martin , Steve’s Barber Shop in Springhill slipping across the border to Aulac and Sackville for cheaper prices on gas is entry in the BBI’s and cigarettes.


Business Directory was intriguing. First of all, his e-mail address begins with coolbluessteve and his business is described as providing “unique styles and trim(s).”

Steve Martin, of Steve’s Barber Shop in Amherst, says the “coolbluessteve” comes from his association as a director with a local hockey team, the Cumberland County Blues. As for the unique styles and trim(s) ... Martin has been practicing his craft as a barber for almost three decades. A friend of his in Springhill had convinced him to learn the trade, and when he was finished his training, he decided to work in Amherst at Bob’s Barber Shop.

Martin admits that his is a traditional barbershop, not a fancy hair styling salon saying it’s one of the best places to come in town for news. It’s a place to come for a haircut and to get the latest scuttlebutt on the streets of the border town. Customers range from the local chief of police to the residents of a neighbouring

“I used to do quite a bit of fancy cuts, like a lot of Montreal Canadiens symbols on the backs of kids’ heads or a lot of initials on the backs of young kids’ heads,” he says. “I also do a really good flat top.” He’s seen styles come and go during his years behind the chair. At one time, men’s hair was down over their ears. Today, it’s more common to be trimmed above the ears. He also admits that he doesn’t do perms! “I love doing short cuts and tapers.” Customers range from the local chief of police to the residents of a neighbouring special needs home that he’s befriended since he moved in. He says he cuts hair for clients that range in age from one to 100. “They’ve told me that they’ve never seen so many kids in the chair since I moved in here,” he says. “The former shop, Bob’s Barber Shop, didn’t cut that much kid’s hair. I love cutting kids’ hair.”

Steve’s Barber Shop Steve Martin, Owner 1 Elm St., Springhill, NS

special needs home that he’s befriended since he moved in.

902 -597-8622 ph 902-694-0250 cell

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facilitating linking Black business enterprises to economic development agency services relevant to their needs. An extensive overhaul of the way we deliver training is a major ongoing priority during 2011. The efforts to ensure economic selfsufficiency and to improve upon the success of our operations have necessitated governance innovation and restructuring around the original Black Business Initiative concept. The new corporate board leadership, with Greg Browning in the seat as our Chair and Candace Thomas as Vice-Chair, intends to continue with the implementation of its objectives through the activities of the composite entity to foster greater success in the operation, growth, competitiveness and contribution of all levels of Black Nova Scotia business to the provincial economy. This will help to better oil the process of integration of Black business into the provincial economy and to encourage Black youth recruitment into business.

For information on business opportunities with Encana’s Deep Panuke natural gas project in Nova Scotia’s offshore, visit the Deep Panuke pages on the Encana website at www.encana.com/deeppanuke/business

Njabulo Nkala

year dedicated to us, proclaimed just over a year ago by the United Nations General Assembly. As of January 1, 2011, the International Year for People of African Descent began. Among other things, the aim is to strengthen national actions and regional and international cooperation with full participation in economic, cultural, social, civil and all political aspects of society.

It’s 2011 and I encourage every business to go the extra mile to find opportunities; be it funding, partnerships, new markets, or simply new strategies. Start early, work smarter, you will be rewarded.

Given that focus we will continue on our goal to ensure that the BBI remains relevant to and supports Black Nova Scotian entrepreneurship across its generational spectrum and within its communities in this twentyfirst century, in other words, the way forward.

BBI is ready to work with you. You could be looking for networking opportunities, business training, financing, mentoring or business advice. BBI has the resources to help you achieve your goals so don’t hesitate to contact us.

S.I. Rustum Southwell, CEO

Consequently, while we enjoyed our annual Directory Launch and Christmas Social in December our eyes were on the coming year, a

As the organization’s northern representative, I would love to hear from you on how your business is doing, and to discuss business ideas, concepts and strategies. I have resumed my visits to the region and am looking forward to meeting with as business owners and potential partners as possible. Finally, congratulations to Corey Katz and Core Essentials Fitness for being featured in the last issue of Black to Business and Core Essentials for being featured in the Global TV ads.

For information on career opportunities at Deep Panuke, visit the Careers section on Encana’s website or the Career Beacon website at www.careerbeacon.com

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If you would like a visit or want to discuss your business ideas, please contact me at (902) 4264281 or email nkala.njabulo@bbi.ns.ca.

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Chad Lucas

Elfinesh Zwede


lfinesh Zwede wasn’t quite a teenager when she discovered her love for numbers. Growing up in Ethiopia, her father ran a drug store but didn’t enjoy doing the books. “He’s a pharmacist. He doesn’t have a background in accounting,” Zwede says. “So even when I was in Grade 6 I was trying to help him.” In Ethiopia’s education system high-school students can choose a major, and Zwede focused on accounting. She furthered her studies when she came to Nova Scotia as a landed immigrant in 1988. Her husband had a scholarship to DalTech, and she enrolled in a business college. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting at Saint Mary’s University. Straight out of school she went to work at the

Black Business Initiative just as it was launching in 1996. “It was a good starting place for me,” Zwede says of the BBI. “Looking at the business side of it, I was learning how to help black businesses be successful.” She has spent the past 10 years with the provincial Workers Compensation Board, and she did further study to earn her Certified General Accountant designation. She balances work and study with family life, raising three children aged nine to 17. She says accounting is a good career that provides flexibility and plenty of challenges. “I enjoy numbers,” she says. “I like thinking strategically and looking at how the organization operates. It’s a key profession in the business world—particularly right now. You have to be dedicated and the expectation is high so you have to be committed.”

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Certified Accountants

Tony Agb


ike any good accountant, Tony Agbonkhese knows a thing or two about math. “When you’re good at something, you tend to love it, and that’s how it started for me,” he says.

But he stresses that being an accountant isn’t just sitting behind a desk crunching numbers. In his job as a Certified Management Accountant with Farmers Cooperative Dairy Ltd., Tony oversees the raw milk accounting process and liaises with external regulators. He works with departments to help create cost savings, and he also interacts with suppliers and shareholders. “You get to work on strategy and analyze projects to see how viable or profitable they are,” he says. “You have that opportunity to work with a diverse group of people and see how we can do things better.” Tony knew coming out of high school in his native Nigeria that he wanted to study accounting, and his research into international options led him to Acadia.

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With a head for numbers and an eye for detail, a good accountant can be a saving grace for any business. In this issue, we talk to a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified General Accountant about what it takes to balance the books.

Darrin Talbot

D onkhese He arrived in 2002 and fell in love with Nova Scotia. “It’s a really friendly province,” he says. “I remember my first week, I was walking in Wolfville and people kept greeting me. I was baffled, actually,” he says with a laugh. “It made me love the province even more.” After graduating from Acadia’s co-op program, which gave him an opportunity to test out the profession first-hand at Shell in Calgary and the regional hospital in Kentville, he landed a position at Farmers. He continued to study and earned his CMA designation through CMA Nova Scotia, which he says opens up further doors for his career. “I love the challenge of learning something new and pushing myself,” he says. “Coming from where I come from, I believe if there’s an opportunity out there I can take and it makes me a better individual and gives me a brighter future, it’s only right to take advantage of it.”

arrin Talbot is a Senior Manager in the Atlantic office tax practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). Talbot has more than 13 years of Income Tax experience working for such companies as Nova Scotia Power Inc. and Clearwater Fine Foods Inc. He joined PwC in November 2010.

Born in Truro on West Prince Street, which he fondly calls ‘The Island’, Talbot was raised by his mother, a 30-year veteran teacher, Glenda Talbot-Richards, and his Grandmother Joan Talbot. Talbot says he always had a love of numbers. “In grade eight I remember my math teacher Mrs. MacDonald saying to me ‘Darrin you are a brilliant mathematician’. I guess I always had a liking for math and it always seemed to come easy for me," he recalls. His interest in math eventually lead him to attend Mount Saint Vincent University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Co-op Education Option) in 1995 and started to work in his chosen profession upon completion of his degree. “I was offered a job with the accounting firm KPMG during my last year at the Mount and was poised to begin articling for my Chartered Accountant desig-

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nation,” he remembers. “In four years I went from not knowing what an accountant was to getting a job with one of the ‘Big 5’ accounting firms.” In 1997 Talbot wrote and passed the Uniform Final Examination and in 1998 he obtained his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation. “Little did I know it at the time but I was the first indigenous African Nova Scotian to get their C.A. designation,” he says. In 2001, he completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-depth tax course. Working in the Corporate Tax Group in PwC’s Halifax office Darrin advises and provides tax advice to large multinational corporations and smaller owner managed clients. “Accountants are more than number crunchers and it’s this other part that I like best. If I can come up with a plan to save a continued on page 30 >

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BBI Luncheon

Cheyanne Gorman-Tolliver

“Celebrating Our Youth”, February 4th, 2011 “We are writing our own biographies; every week, every day, every minute we are presented with opportunities that move us one step towards our dream or one step towards standing still.” This was the message the sold out audience of 230 corporate, community, and youth heard from keynote speaker, Ross Simmonds. With the ease of someone wise beyond his years, the 24 year old Digital Accounts Manager from East Preston drove home his message of youth taking hold of their future and how the younger generation can work together with the generations before and after them to make a positive impact in their communities, themselves, and others. Simmonds spoke of the need for generations to recognize that they are more alike than perceived and that there is much to be learned from all. He spoke to the youth about short term versus long term goals and encouraged them to “make an attempt.” Simmonds talked about growing up and making decisions in school and where he wanted to be in his life. He also encouraged the youth to take responsibility in assisting those who will come after them otherwise they are doing a disservice not only to themselves but to their communities and future generations. The afternoon event was facilitated by April Howe and also showcased the talents of our very young. Jessy Jollimore spoke on the development of the increasingly popular youth run initiative, Hope Blooms-North End Community Garden; and the children who accompanied her varying in age from five to ten (of whom none could see over the podium) gathered on stage and read personal statements they had all written expressing what being involved in running their own business meant for them. The youth continue to prove to everyone that no matter what your age or your background you can achieve success and be role models for your peers and your community; clearly in tune with Ross’s message to “make an attempt.”

Youth participants taking part in the Luncheon

Children from Hope Blooms

More youth participants enjoying the luncheon

April Howe, Master of Ceremonies at the Luncheon

Ross Simmonds, Keynote speaker

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The Law and Your Business


Candace L. Thomas, Partner, Corporate Group, Stewart McKelvey, Barristers, Solicitors & Trademark Agents

Privacy Matters Like some of you, I made a few purchases leading up to Christmas and made at least one post-holiday shopping trip to make a couple of returns. When I presented an item (with receipt and tags intact) for a refund at a large children’s retailer, the clerk asked for photo identification and advised me that it had to be swiped so my personal information would be stored in the retailer’s database. When I asked why my personal information was required, he responded, “It’s our company policy, and I cannot do a refund or exchange without swiping your ID.” After a brief discussion with the clerk and the store manager, I refused to present any identification. My subsequent conversations with customer service representatives at the company’s head office were just as futile, and I have not yet received a satisfactory reason for this retailer’s policy. Although this experience did not take place in Canada, it easily could have and caused me to think about the importance of privacy, how frequently we are asked to share personal information and how this information is used. Privacy issues arise in a number of contexts, such as government, criminal, employment, health/ medical, debtor and consumer.

In keeping with the focus of this column, I will deal with privacy law, generally, from a business perspective. In Nova Scotia, the collection, use and storage of personal information in the private sector for commercial purposes is regulated by federal legislation called the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). The terms, “personal information” and “commercial purposes” are defined in PIPEDA, and both terms have been considered in decisions made by the Privacy Commissioner, as well as by various courts and tribunals. Personal information comes within the scope of PIPEDA if it involves information about an identifiable individual or information that can be used to identify a specific individual. As suggested by its name, the rules established by PIPEDA are intended to protect the privacy rights of individuals with respect to their personal information. At the same time, the legislation seeks to balance these rights with the need of organizations to collect, use or disclose personal information for legitimate purposes. Accordingly, PIPEDA allows the use of personal information by organizations, but prescribes limits on what information can be collected and how it can be used. PIPEDA is centered on the following principles: 1. Accountability: An organization is responsible for the information under its control and shall designate an individual or individuals who are accountable for the organization’s compliance with the principles set forth in PIPEDA. 2. Identifying Purpose: The purposes for which personal information is collected shall be identified by

the organization at or before the time it is collected. 3. Consent: The knowledge and consent of the individual are required for the collection, use or disclosure of personal information, except where inappropriate. 4. Limiting Collection: The collection of personal information shall be limited to that which is necessary for the purposes identified by the organization. Information shall be collected by fair and lawful means. 5. Limiting Use, Disclosure and Retention: Personal information shall not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required by law. Personal information shall be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes. 6. Accuracy: Personal information shall be as accurate, complete and up to date as is necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used. 7. Safeguards: Personal information shall be protected by security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. 8. Openness: An organization shall make readily available to individuals specific information about its policies and practices relating to the management of personal information. 9. Individual Access: If requested, an individual shall be informed of the existence, use and disclosure of his or her personal information and, with certain limited exceptions, shall be given access to that information. An individual shall be able to challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended, as appropriate. continued on page 25 >

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Virginia shares black history with N.S African-Nova Scotian group visits state, explores tourism opportunities Michael Lightstone, Staff Reporter Lou Gannon

The history of slavery and the U.S. civil rights movement were important components of the journey to Virginia. A photo posted on the Richmond newspaper’s website shows a group member posing with statues depicting protesters at the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial. Wright, who is in his 50s, said a frank talk about slavery drove home the ghastly legacy of racism and servitude. He said one of the Virginians, a black man, had two boxes of material with him during a presentation. Tourism delegates


ova Scotia’s black community has a heritage that’s firmly linked to different parts of the world. One of them is Virginia, and a group of black Nova Scotians was in the American state last week to make potential tourism connections and dig into the roots of black history. Group members toured historical spots, including Thomas Jefferson’s slave plantation at Monticello, and shared personal histories with their American hosts. About 20 people from here visited Richmond and Norfolk, and other places, and had lunch a week ago at the Capitol. The Nova Scotia delegation was hosted by a foundation in Virginia in co-operation with the Black Business Initiative. Also, Halifax and Norfolk are sister cities. Cecil Wright, a federal government employee and broadcaster in Halifax who was in Virginia representing the African-Nova Scotian Music Association, said Tuesday the experience was an educational one and will hopefully lead to increased music business here.

He acknowledged there was a genealogical element to the trip, too. "For me, it was a combination of trying to find some music opportunities for our artists, as well as the personal mission of trying to do the genealogical thing and find some connection to my ancestors, whom I was told came up from South Carolina or Virginia," Wright said. On the music front, he said the African-Nova Scotian Music Association is attempting to "engender some reciprocal opportunities for performers." The Nova Scotians’ visit attracted media coverage. A columnist with the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote about the back-to-the-roots tour in a piece published last Friday. "Some of Nova Scotia’s most heralded African-Nova Scotians have ancestral ties to Virginia or were born here," Michael Paul Williams noted in his column. He went on to refer to opera singer Portia White, navy war hero William Hall and Rev. Richard Preston. Preston was born in Virginia and was enslaved there.

"He goes up and he says, ‘I’m here to tell you the real story of racism in the South.’ "The first thing he takes out of his box is a great big whip, which was used to whip the slaves," Wright said. "And he throws a pair of shackles to the floor." Wright said the presenter displayed other items "that were certainly emotional to those of us who were there and of African descent." The Nova Scotians were also taken to a black history museum in Lynchburg. Wright said a display there included Ku Klux Klan garments. "There were five Klan’s robes in one . . . display, and that was very shocking. I mean, I stopped, probably gasped and for about 15 seconds didn’t move. "The impact was unbelievable." (mlightstone@herald.ca) Republished with permission from The Halifax Herald Ltd


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Family Dental Care

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coming in and it’s been good. We’re picking up.” Dr. Taiwo believes that if you want to start a business, you have to be able to take the first step. Otherwise, you might never know what could have been. “There are always ups and downs. You start a business, the first few months, you have to persevere and things will fall into place. That is life. If you open a business, it’s not going to be jumping in the first few months. But with perseverance, you just have to start somewhere and allow the business to grow.” Dr. Emmanuel Taiwo, Waverley Road Family Dental Care


f you find yourself on Waverley Road in Dartmouth and you’re due for a check-up, you might want to stop by Waverley Road Family Dental Care and make an appointment with Dr. Emmanuel Taiwo. Dr. Taiwo has been working there for a few years now and he officially became the owner of the clinic this past June. Dr. Taiwo’s passion for dentistry spans across continents. In his home country of Nigeria, Dr. Taiwo has over 30 years of experience working as a dentist. However, his interest in the field goes back to his childhood days. “I got interested in dentistry when I was in the primary school. We used to have a dentist and his assistant visit the school to examine us and teach us about the care of our teeth.” After completing high school, Dr. Taiwo decided to apply to study dentistry. At university, his passion only grew stronger. In addition to practicing, he was also a faculty member at the School of Dental

Sciences and the College of Medicine at the University of Lagos. “When I moved here, I had to go back and get another degree before I could practice here.” In 2008, Dr. Taiwo completed his studies at Dalhousie University’s School of Dentistry and began practicing in Canso, before moving back to the Halifax area. Since then, it’s been hard work and long hours. Open five days a week at 9 a.m., Taiwo says he sometimes finds himself working until six or seven in the evening. But he doesn’t seem to mind. “If you have to do something beyond that time, you have to make sure you’re finished with the patient. If you’re in the medical profession, you’re used to it. It’s part of the training.” Although he was a bit apprehensive about being accepted, Dr. Taiwo says that the people have been very supportive. “Acceptability depends on peoples’ perspectives on how they want to relate to you. I’ve got a good response from the community. We’ve got new people

The sight of filling instruments sitting on the dentist’s tool tray might make some people anxious; the hum of the drill might make others jump in their seats. While a trip to the dentist might not be everyone’s favourite activity, Dr. Taiwo reminds us that his goal is to help his patients smile. And he says his biggest rewards are his patients. “You’re happy when people are satisfied. They come in with their problems and you’re able to resolve the problems for them. People get out of the practice smiling.”

Waverley Road Family Dental Centre • Dr. Emmanuel Taiwo 245 Waverley Rd., Dartmouth, NS

902 435 2209

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he words “Cultural Tourism” hold slightly different connotations for different people. Rustum Southwell, the CEO of the Black Business Initiative, defines cultural tourism as travel to sites and places of cultural interest, whether relating to ethnicity or historical sites. He compares it to sports tourism. “It’s for those interested in learning about various cultures,” he says, “and it’s a common reason to travel.”

The CEO at the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs (OANSA), Wayn Hamilton, gives a slightly different definition. He sees cultural tourism as an opportunity to promote a person’s heritage, and to do it in a way where others can participate in that heritage. Essentially, it’s commodifying it, he says, putting a value on history. Hamilton sees putting this monetary value on history as necessary because funds are needed for history to survive. He views the prospect of cultural tourism as much more than just the “bricks and mortars” of history. He says history can “be packaged, grounded in people’s lives.” What he means by this is that rather than just focusing on sites and artifacts, such as the Black Loyalist Heritage Society (BLHS) or the Black Cultural Centre (BCC), or the Africville site, there should also be a

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focus on living, active culture such as the Black Basketball Tournament, the African Nova Scotian Music Awards or the African United Baptist Association conference. Despite the differences in definition, both of these men see cultural tourism as an important part of African Nova Scotia’s future and as a way to make a strong economic impact on Nova Scotia. Southwell and the people he is working with want tourism to be more diverse in Nova Scotia. Southwell says the idea is to have several sites and communities throughout the province that would promote travel to Nova Scotia. Some of these sites are Africville, Glace Bay U.N.I.A and the BLHS, the BCC, and the development of the Mathieu de Costa trail that is being planned in the Annapolis Valley. Southwell says this trail will highlight African Nova Scotia sites in the Valley. Southwell hopes that people will plan trips around particular points of interest related to African Nova Scotian heritage. He specifically sees this as a draw for African Americans who may have ancestors who migrated to Nova Scotia, but also for African-descended people from Toronto, Quebec, the Caribbean, and various countries in Africa. He says people will have “a genealogical and an emotional connection.” Southwell says promoting tourism sites will also create many jobs. He continues, “There are so many angles that are good, I don’t

think any will be a downside.” “Essentially, we have products and interests here that will draw people,” says Southwell. “People from other countries know about Africville, and when the church is up, many people will be interested to come see it.” As well, he comments that the famous novel, The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, has re-birthed interest about the Black Loyalists and places of importance to them, such as Shelburne. Places of cultural significance, such as the Halifax Citadel and the work the Maroons did on it, will also be a draw for tourists who will spend money on souvenirs, meals, hotels, vehicle rentals, and so on. Hamilton believes the draw for cultural tourism needs to be taken a step further. “We need to identify the tangibles and intangibles we have as a culture … we need to wrap cultural events around [the tangible churches and halls, and heritage sites] and promote them. That way,” says Hamilton, “tourists can participate in localized, community events.” If people know about these events, says Hamilton, when they are choosing their two weeks vacation to visit Peggy’s Cove, they can plan it around attending an African Nova Scotian event in the same trip. In an effort to get ideas for cultural tourism to flourish in the African Nova Scotian community, through the NS Black Cultural Tourism Project a Best Practices Mission was held in October 2010 for various organizations and individuals to see

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16 best practices from cultural tourism sites in Virgina. Beverly Cox, the site manager for the BLHS attended the Best Practice Mission Trip to Virginia. Cox says the group wanted to see firsthand how African American museums tell their story, how they bring it alive, how they run their facilities, lobby the government and recruit volunteers. For her, the trip was an eye-opening experience.

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Describing a moment where she saw various artifacts from the KKK, she says it made her step back in shock and sent chills through her spine. Although hard to see, Cox believes these types of artifacts that depict the nature of slavery are important and that the museums she visited tell a difficult story in a respectful manner. For Cpl. Craig Smith, who is involved with the BCC and has been collecting and chronicling African Canadian history for 15 years, the trip to Virginia was a chance for him to see and understand some of the history that he had only known about in books. He says, “It made it tangible. I could feel, smell and see the history.” Comparing what she experienced in Virginia to her experience in Nova Scotia, Cox says, “In the U.S., it’s there . . . different implements, whipping posts, etc.” But, she continues, with places such as Birchtown, “you have to use your imagination to think about how people lived and what they went through.” This use of the imagination, when set up with the proper historic context, can be a powerful tool for cultural tourism in Nova Scotia. During the trip, Smith had the chance to visit Thomas Jefferson’s plantation in Monticello. He says, “I could almost feel the presence of the people, the slaves who had worked and lived on that land. To actually walk the grounds there was amazing in a way I’ve never experienced in my life. For Nova Scotia to establish this

Winter 2011 kind of history and to develop our sites would complete the story of the past. … It will enable people to know what happened next in the story of black people in North America.” Smith adds that it will also allow all Canadians to better appreciate the legacy of blacks in Nova Scotia.

“When you talk about our history as African Nova Scotians, you have to be able to talk about the good with the bad.” - Cpl. Craig Smith The trip was also a learning experience for Smith. He says, “When you talk about our history as African Nova Scotians, you have to be able to talk about the good with the bad.” He remembers entering the African Legacy Museum, turning a corner and gasping at seeing five Klan robes “smack-dab in front of [his] face” as well as other disturbing pictures. It reminded him, however, that what he was seeing “is something that’s a part of our collective history, and it’s important to make sure you’re completely inclusive in telling history and the way oppression has played a role in our struggle and the distance we’ve come.” “History belongs to everybody” says Cox, “not just a certain type of people.” Cox also stresses that when telling history, people are responsible to tell the history of all people, to tell the complete story, whether that be the story of white people, black people, natives, or anyone else who inhabits a land. The African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) Conference slated to be held in Halifax this fall is an opportunity to explore all facets of cultural tourism, and to explore the potential of expanding cultural tourism in an continued on page 17 >

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effort to tell a more complete Nova Scotian history. The conference started in Bermuda in 2002 and this will be its first time in Canada. Hamilton says it’s an opportunity to bring individuals, organizations, academics and governments involved in cultural tourism together to discuss the past and the future.

Percy Paris, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs, and Minister of Economic & Rural Development & Tourism “handles two portfolios that interact with this conference” Black History and Cultural Centre, Richmond says Hamilton. “It’s great to enable these particular areas of government to stand up for supporting the conference.” In an October 2010 news release from the province, Paris was quoted as saying, "We are thrilled to be hosting this event next year … Not only will it bring scores of international visitors to Nova Scotia, but it opens the door for further partnerships throughout the African Diaspora … It's a huge step toward our goal of Geraldine Browning, Board Member VANSDA marketing Nova Scotia as a destination for visitors interested in the culture and heritage of African descent."

Cheyanne Gorman-Tolliver (BBI), Cheryl Robinson and Lou Gannon at the Legacy Museum in Lynchburg

Referring to a speaking engagement Smith had while on the trip to Virginia, he mentions that the trip was also an eye-opener for the Virginians. He talked to them about how African Canadians came to be in Nova Scotia and mentioned famous African Nova Scotians, such as Reverend Richard

Preston, William Hall, and Reverend William Andrew White (Portia White’s father), telling about their connections to Virginia. Many of the people he spoke to didn’t know Virginians had done great things in Canada. However, it’s not only foreigners who don’t know about African Nova Scotian history. Smith continues, “we have a generation that are growing up in a place and time that can be better connected, more knowledgeable of their past, of their grandparents’ and great grandparents’ history, but the reality is that they’re disconnected.” The promotion of cultural tourism and events such as the ADHT conference can help change this. A strong presence of African Nova Scotian focused tourism “is something that is absent from the true picture of Nova Scotia,” says Southwell. “This will enrich Nova Scotia culture. [Nova Scotia] has some of the longest standing, dynamic, historically significant black communities in North America.” Although, as already mentioned, some of this history can be painful to learn about or remember, Southwell stresses that it’s important for people to know about that history, nonetheless. “Diversity is not a goal, it’s a strength. [This history] is part of our heritage.” It is also something to celebrate and promote on the global stage.

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Cultural Tourism & the BBI Cheyanne Gorman-Tolliver In August 2007, the Black Business Initiative (BBI) created the Nova Scotia Black Cultural Tourism Project to promote tourism in Nova Scotia, economic development and foreign investment in the African Nova Scotian community. Initial funding was provided in partnership with Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada. The project aims to enhance the exposure to and attendance of Black historic and cultural sites in Nova Scotia. BBI issued a call for proposals to assess the tourism potential and market-readiness of Black cultural experiences in Nova Scotia and to develop strategies to enable those attractions/experiences to realize their full potential as part of the Nova Scotia tourism product mix. The project was guided by a steering committee consisting of representatives of the BBI, the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage (now the NS Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism), Parks Canada, the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). The Market Readiness and Tourism Potential Analysis report was completed in 2008. With tourists looking for new niche experiences, this project has great economic potential for those Black cultural attractions/experiences and the entire province. The report outlined the strong potential for the Black cultural tourism product, if it is properly cultivated. From the report six organizations were named to be the foundation members of a Nova Scotia Black Tourism Network. In Phase I of the project a delegation of these members and members of the project advisory committee travelled to Virginia in October 2010 as part of a Best Practice Mission. Partnering with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) the group visited African American cultural sites in order to gain knowledge about operating a viable cultural tourism business. In Phase II of the project participants are involved in a one-on-one consulting Market Readiness Program. The objective is to assist companies in varying stages of tourism readiness develop a plan to position themselves in the overall Nova Scotia tourism industry and to build the capacity for economic development. The project is on-going and is being supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, African Nova Scotian Affairs (ANSA) and the BBI.

The Search Is On!

Nominate Someone Today The Black Business Initiative Society’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award is awarded annually by the Board of Directors of the Black Business Initiative to recognize demonstrated business operational excellence of a company or individual within the Nova Scotia Black business community. Who is eligible? Any established business (minimum 3 years in business) in Nova Scotia with at least 30% Black ownership that has demonstrated strong business acumen and support for the community. The award may also be made to an individual business owner. What are the criteria for consideration for the Award? I. Product or Service: Description of what makes your product or service outstanding II. Financial performance: Revenue growth over the past three years (as a percentage) III. Workplace excellence IV. Community involvement To nominate please contact: Shakara Russell, Email: Russell.Shakara@bbi.ns.ca Telephone: (902) 426-6692

Deadline for Nominations: May 13, 2011

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TAKE FIVE Harvey H. Millar Ph.D., P. Eng, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University contributed

Ohno, and Shingeo Shingo developed a disciplined, process-focused production system now known as the "Toyota Production System", or "lean production." The objective of this system was to minimize the consumption of resources that added no value to a product.

When being lean is not about being mean Manufacturers the world over are on the lookout for the magic bullet, that critical strategy that will propel them ahead of the competition. Over the years, that search has lead to the development of many bold approaches. What is Lean Enterprise Lean manufacturing can be considered among the “more magical” initiatives that has played a significant role in the success of Japanese companies worldwide, and in particular, the worldwide domination of Toyota. Lean Manufacturing is a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste, non-value-added activities, through continuous improvement by driving product production at the pull of customers, while simultaneously searching for perfection. Think ‘lean meat’ - much of the fat (non-value substance) is removed and we have a better product. History Japanese manufacturers, re-building after the Second World War, were facing declining resources including human, material, and financial. The problems they faced were vastly different from their Western counterparts. These circumstances led to the development of new, lower cost, manufacturing practices. Early Japanese leaders such as the Toyota Motor Company's Eiji Toyoda, Taiichi

The term "lean" was used because Japanese business methods used less human effort, capital investment, floor space, materials, and time in all aspects of operations. A Philosophy A Lean production environment has several objectives that are different from typical mass production principles. These objectives also span the role of line and staff organizational structures, as well as the nature of leadership and management philosophy. Leadership for lean manufacturing emphasizes a search for waste reduction throughout the entire organization. Collectively, vision, culture and strategy focus on improving customer service, reducing delivery lead times, and improving product quality. As a business philosophy, lean enterprise proposes a new “way of organizational life” that requires fundamental change in manufacturing practices and organizational culture. Lean principles mean products are built just when the customer needs them; quality is built into the product and its related processes; the shop floor teams are empowered to make decisions that impact productivity and quality; and the firm uses visual management to track performance and maintain an open culture within the organization. Overall, there must be a relentless pursuit of perfection. Key Elements Workplace safety is essential. One goal for a lean producer is for the workplace to be comparable in clean-

liness to an operating room in a world-class hospital. The workplace must be bright and well lit, surfaces must be clean with a fresh coat of paint. Machines. Floors, counter tops must be free of grease and grime. Garbage must be properly disposed of. Everything should meet or exceed government safety standards. A lean producer will make to order, not to stock. Customer demand will pull products from the organization. Inventory will not be stored in anticipation of demand. Too much inventory can hide problems. It can hide defects, poor scheduling and production planning, personnel problems such as the need for training or absenteeism. Eliminating inventory frees up space and capital and can positively influence how the organization functions. While mass producers employ several quality inspectors, lean producers adhere to the principle that quality should be built in, not inspected in. Achieving such quality performance requires a focus on continuous improvement, the use of problem solving teams, a focus on process and product design, and a long term commitment to quality. Lean enterprise thrives on the empowerment of employees. Shop floor workers are organized into teams and the team is responsible for finding problems, recommending solutions, and implementing solutions. The team is also responsible for performance evaluations, and for identifying training needs of the group. Team members are cross-functionally trained to ensure backup support for team members. In traditional organizations, it is not uncommon to find the philosophy “information is power” guiding interpersonal behaviour. The practice of visual management reduces the likelihood of such an environment. Information is shared widely

Black to Business throughout the company. Sales data, team performance data, defect data, financial data are all displayed for all members to see. Recognizing that muda (Japanese for waste) is the enemy and that waste is everywhere, the lean producer must adopt a posture that there is always room for improvement and that more waste can always be eliminated. Not only must the lean producer look for waste on the shop floor, but also in administrative processes, and in the interfaces between the company and its suppliers. It is important that a lean producer has processes in place to solicit and respond to in a timely manner, the suggestions from, employees, customers, and suppliers. Obstacles Bringing about lean transformation in an organization is not easy. It is likely that a few senior managers may not grasp the strategic value of lean enterprise. There are sceptics who will point out that management fads come and go all the time and that this is another one. There are those who will say that we’ve done all right with our current approach, why change it (“if it isn’t broke, why fix it?”). •

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The following is a summary of some of the obstacles to lean transformation: Top managers lack strategic understanding of lean enterprise Lack of specific lean enterprise skills and knowledge Culture, ego, and organizational inertia Management reluctance to empower people Fear of change, loss of organizational power Not invented here syndrome Internal systems are hurdles

The lean producer must be prepared to address these obstacles or face the inevitable failure of its lean effort.

20 Making Lean Work Simply making a decision to implement lean enterprise will not create a magical transformation of an organization. There are several factors that are necessary for lean enterprise to flourish. • • • •

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Prepare and motivate people Ensure employees are involved in decision making Share information and manage expectations Identify and empower champions, particularly operations managers Create an atmosphere of experimentation and reward effort Installing "enlightened" and realistic performance measures, evaluation, and reward systems The need to execute pilot projects prior to rolling culture out across the organization

Benefits of Lean Companies that implement lean enterprise can expect to experience numerous benefits which include among others: fewer missed orders due to reduced lead times, lower production costs relative to the competition, increased market share, improved employee morale and increased production capacity. Some successful lean practitioners include Nova Scotia Power, Toyota, HP, Motorola, Michellin North America (Canada), Canada Post, Imperial Oil Refinery and IMP Aerospace Components. Any organization can benefit from the practice of lean enterprise, but the journey to bliss begins with a single step - the decision to go forward! Dr. Millar is a full professor in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Canada and President of Management Technologies. He can be contacted at harvey.millar@smu.ca.

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REGIONAL REPORT Southern Greg Nazaire

After the mass choirs, gifts, and eggnogs, we are now bracing for the New Year. This year is particularly important to our organisation as it was designated by the United Nations as the International Year for People of African Descent. What is interesting to mention is the number of young African Nova Scotians who I have met in the region and who are interested in starting a business. In the Valley, programs like the Works for You project are making a big difference by helping, through training and financial support, the unemployed or low-skilled Nova Scotians to be competitive in the job market. It also facilitates the social reinsertion of some Black youth, therefore, turning them into productive members of our society. I would like to congratulate Glynis Simms from Just Right Child Care. If you reside in the Kingston, Whispering Pines area, feel free to give Mrs. Simms a call at 1 (902) 242-2284 whenever you’ll need some child care services. Should you require further information or to book a regional visit please contact me at: (902)426-1625 or the toll free number 1(800)668-1010

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Edward William (Billy) Downey

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renovated the condemned house, applied for a private club license, and thus began the journey of the legendary Halifax Arrow’s Club. Establishing the club was a milestone in itself. However Billy’s bid to convince liquor licensing authorities to grant him a special license to remain open until 3:30 AM was a precedent setting event resulting in the establishment of a whole new class of night club licenses available in Halifax – which the Arrow’s Club was the first to receive.


he impact of the Halifax Arrow’s Club in the 1960’s and ‘70’s was all pervasive: No aspect of the Halifax music and night club scene was left untouched. The cultural and social footprint it made, the racial and political walls it knocked down, and the dignified purpose it brought to the Halifax popular culture scene –taught a generation of Halifax musicians and music enthusiasts to believe in the power of music to transform a city and the larger social world around it. Edward William (Billy) Downey, born on April 22nd, 1933 in Halifax Nova Scotia , to a family of 13 children was not a musician – but he was an immensely important figure in the establishment and development of the Black music and night club scene in Halifax in the 1960’s and 1970’s. A born organizer, communicator, and entertainment industry pioneer, Billy attributes his trailblazing traits to his father – who at the age of 17, left his native community of North Preston to live in Halifax - where he later joined the No. 2 Construction

Battalion. After serving in Germany and England during WWI, as well as serving in WWII, his father later established a trucking company. Like his father, Billy was not known to shy away from hard work, personal challenges or business opportunities. As a young man Billy was the business manager for his Halifax-based hockey team, which played other “coloured” teams in their segregated negro hockey league during the early 1950’s. Billy’s team - which was called the “Arrows” - would often host dances at the local Gerrish Street Hall in Halifax. As the event planner, organizer and manager for the dances, Billy would some day take his well earned cabaret management skills and the name “Arrow’s“ to a whole new height. What began as a social drop-in spot for card playing and pool games in a condemned house on Halifax’s Creighton Street, later came to exert an unprecedented influence upon the Halifax music and popular culture scene. In 1962, with the help of friends and family and realizing there were no clubs blacks could attend due to the widespread practice of racial segregation in Halifax - Billy Downey

The 150 patron capacity Arrow’s Club was an instant success – with some thanks to the good fortune that a U.S. military aircraft carrier coincidentally arrived in Halifax harbour the very week the club opened. Within three months, the club moved to a larger 250 person capacity venue at its legendary Agricola Street location. Physically the Agricola Street location was a modest unimpressive edifice, but culturally and politically it was at the forefront of the Halifax live music scene and the place where young Blacks, and some Whites, came of age – socially, emotionally, and musically. At its Agricola Street location (1962 -1970) and later at its Brunswick Street location (1970 -1976) the Arrow’s club gained a reputation as the apex of black entertainment playing host to internationally known acts such as: Teddy Pendergrass, Ben E. King, The Bluenotes, Ike and Tina Turner, Sam and Dave and Crown Heights Affair. The club was also home to numerous cover bands such as: Little Royal ( James Brown); The Miller Sisters (The Supremes); The Four Pennies (The Four Tops). As well as other favorites including: Eric Mercury, Trevor Payne, and the legendary - four hundred pounds of soul - Lots a Papa. continued on page 26 >

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Pleasant Haven

Juanita Pleasant, Pleasant Haven


ith simple, courageous generosity, Juanita Pleasant opens her door to people with nowhere to go. Most who find refuge in her Kentville, Nova Scotia, home have mental illnesses. Many are sent from social services, churches and the penitentiary. Some hear about it and come on their own. And for over 16 years the home has embodied its name: Pleasant Haven. “They sort of fall through the system, you know, and people don’t want to take them in,” she explains. With some exceptions, such as those requiring the advanced assistance of a nursing home, all are welcome.

Though an injury on the job left Pleasant at home receiving worker’s compensation, she “didn’t want to sit at home and become lazy and do nothing.” She enrolled in an alternative career training program which led to a job at a vocational centre for adults with intellectual disabilities. Because Pleasant was an RN, the head of the training centre asked if she would take some of the adults into her home. And it began from there.

The grey, seven-bedroom house accented with a lattice fence is close to the hospital, increasing its attraction to boarders requiring frequent medical attention. Pleasant, who lives with her husband, overseas the daily functions of the house. “I try to keep it as clean as possible” she says. “I do two meals a day, their laundry, and make sure they stay clean. I have to give some people their meds.” She receives no funding to run her home. Bills are paid with a monthly stipend per person sent by social services, modest rent from individuals who come on their own, and occasional donations from churches. Pleasant makes $13.29 a day. People stay for a few days to several years – as long as they need to. “I have one man who’s been here for nine years now. I have another lady who’s been here three years as of Christmas Eve,” says Pleasant. Another young man who came to the house when he was 16 will soon turn 25. While they occupy their days differently, Pleasant works to create a welcoming atmosphere. For those with no close family she has birthday gatherings. In the summer they are welcome to family barbeques in the backyard and in December, they celebrate Christmas.

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Abena Amoako-Tuffour Pleasant’s mother was an influence in opening up her home. “I come from a family of 14 kids. My mom always took boarders in. There was always somebody around to help make ends meet.” She also credits a renewed sense of purpose. After the birth of her daughter Chauncy 36 years ago, she developed toxic eclampsia which left her in a 19-day coma. “My doctor said Chauncy shouldn’t be here and I shouldn’t be here,” she recalls. “I figured God sent me back and this is what he needs for me to do with myself.” Pleasant was also inspired by a man in Toronto. “I met a homeless man with no legs. He used to help me out at the drycleaners.” His helpfulness, despite his disadvantages, stuck with Pleasant and when she was asked to take someone in, she thought “I have a home, why not make use of what God gave me?” It’s important for Pleasant, whose husband is white, for potential boarders to know that Pleasant Haven is a mixed-race home. About 16 years ago, she received a boy in an emergency situation who was upset to be living in a black person’s home. “Most people don’t mind. Their main concern is that they’re in from the cold.” Some people return after years to say hello and thank you.

Pleasant Haven ƒ Juanita Pleasant

181 Exhibition St., Kentville, NS

902-678-6722 902-691-6722

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The 13th annual ANSMA Awards were held at Casino Nova Scotia on January 8. Congratulations to award winners Dutch Robinson, Chelsea Nisbett, and Marko Simmonds. Other ANSMA Awards of Excellence winners included the Lifetime Achievement Awards for the late pioneer R&B and gospel musician Donald "D.J." Jefferies, the Carson Downey Band, and the Adams Brothers Band. The Nova Scotia Mass Choir, which is preparing for its 20th anniversary in 2012, received the Heritage Award. Wanda Taylor's film - Still Here: A Journey to Triumph was screened at the Black Cultural Centre, St. Andrew’s Church, and the Oxford Theatre in Halifax in November. The youth featured in the film explore the history of major black settlements from the US to NS. The film showcased the talents of performer Gary Beals, drummer Dr. Henry Bishop, amazing historians, community elders, and more. Derico Symmonds was highlighted as one of the province’s Top Twentysomethings by the Chronicle Herald at the end of the year. He’s a fourth year student at Mount Saint Vincent, with a major in child and youth studies. He also works in two jobs, one the St. Andrews Recreation Centre and the other

with the Halifax Youth Advocate Program. Wayne Gray recently retired from the housekeeping department at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre without ever missing a day’s work in 36 years. His diligence was applauded by the hospital’s staff and the local media as well as dignitaries, including the mayor of the HRM, Peter Kelly. Barry Patriquin’s début CD, The Way Things Go was released in the fall. The CD was recorded in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and produced by Terry Kelly and Jamie Robinson. Preston’s Bradley Daye, a student at Mount Allison, was recently named one of the nation’s top cornerbacks. His plans are to secure an agent and a tryout in the CFL. As part of the Prismatic 2010 program, a national arts festival and conference that features the work of Canada's leading Aboriginal and culturally diverse artists, the Hallelujah Praise Choir performed for two days, October 12 and 12th, complete with a full band at Halifax Stanfield Airport. Shauntay Grant was also a participant in a spoken word session held at the Sonic Temple.

Clara Halfpenny, a 17-year-old Pictou resident won the 2009 Mathieu Da Costa Challenge in the 16- to 18-year-old original English writing category for her essay titled ‘In Black and White’, a first-person account of the night Viola Desmond was arrested for sitting in the whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre. The award was presented at Truro’s Marigold Centre in October. Congratulations to Chelsea Nisbett for winning the awards for inspirational artist of the year and urban artist of the year during the Nova Scotia Music Week awards show. North Preston’s Rose Fraser was one of seven individuals from across Canada featured in Debbie Travis’ new reality-TV series, All for One, which rewards community heroes with a surprise home makeover. On October 8, William Hall, V.C., was named as a National Historic Person of Canada. The ceremony took place at the Hantsport School in Hantsport. The road from Highway 101 to Trunk 1, near Hantsport, has also been designated as the William Hall V.C. Memorial Highway. Members of East Preston Gives Back ran a 15km run starting at the Dartmouth Water Front,

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ending at the East Preston Recreation Center in October. Half of all funds raised will be donated to the East Preston United Baptist Church to assist with the building of a new church. The other half will go toward funding the annual community charity basketball tournament. The funds raised from the tournament go directly back into the community of East Preston. Congratulations to Leslie Carvery of Shake It Dance Studios on its 10th anniversary in November. New Glasgow’s Henderson Paris has been appointed as a commissioner of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Dalhousie’s Transition Year Program marked its 40th anniversary in November. Mount Saint Vincent honoured Josephine Johnson with an honourary doctor of laws degree at its fall convocation. Johnson is a community leader and has committed her life to giving back through volunteerism and advocacy. A group of North End youth ages 9-18 years old learned about Shakespeare and interpreted Romeo and Juliet in their own terms through a program called Shakespeare Raps. In November, they showcased their original rap song inspired by Romeo and Juliet in a free public performance at Neptune Theatre! Nova Scotia will host visitors and


dignitaries from North America, Africa and the Caribbean when the African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference comes to Halifax next fall. Congratulations to Paul Adams on receiving the 2010 Consumer Choice Award for Business Excellence, in this region, in the photography industry. A Centotaph honouring members of the community who served in both world wars, the Korean and other conflicts, was unveiled in North Preston on Sunday, November 7. A portrait of civil rights hero Viola Irene Davis Desmond has taken its place in the historic ballroom in Government House in Halifax. The portrait of the African-Nova Scotian entrepreneur by Pictou artist David MacIntosh, was commissioned by the lieutenant governor and the Town of New Glasgow, and unveiled at the town's Black Gala Homecoming in August. It was officially installed in a ceremony on Nov. 8, by Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis, Justice Minister Ross Landry, and New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan. Congratulations to Dolly Williams on being awarded the YMCA Peace Medal during the YMCA Peace Week celebrations in November. The Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children hosted its annual telethon at the Waterfront Community College

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location in Dartmouth. Entertainment included Marko Simmonds, Asia and Nu Gruv, Chelsea Nisbett, Dutch Robinson and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir. Victoria Road United Baptist Church hosted its 63rd Annual Candle Light Service under the theme: "Night of Nights" on December 19. This candle light service was being presented in honour of Marjorie Fairfax and to the memory of Reverend Dr. D.E. Fairfax and Phyllis Lucas (the three founding members of this event). The narrator was Sister Terri Gray and Christmas music was presented by the Special Choir of Victoria Road United Baptist Church under the direction of Sister Amanda Marshall. People of African descent were the focus of this year’s AIDS Awareness Week in December. A number of community events were scheduled including public meetings and a flag raising at Province House. Congratulations to Justin Augustine (BANNS) and Marven Nelligan (Halifax) whose paintings were selected for Sharing the View - the 2011 CBC Radio calendar. The calendar features paintings by 12 Halifax artists who donated their works to the calendar and for auction. Proceeds were donated to FEED NOVA SCOTIA to help feed needy families this Christmas. continued on page 25 >

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Highland AME Church in Amherst welcomed a new minister, the Rev. Christine Slaughter, in December. Congratulations to Mufaro Chakabuda, the owner and operator of the Maritime Centre for African Dance, (MCAD) has been selected as the East Coast finalist for the RBC Business Start Up Award, 2010. She is the representing nominee of one of the most prestigious business awards in Canada. The nominee is chosen from all of the Atlantic Provinces and includes Quebec. Kendra Slawter and Anne Simmons of East Preston were presented with the 2010 Human Rights Award during International Human Rights Day celebrations at the North Preston Community Centre. Congratulations to Leonard Cromwell, of Econo Renovations, for winning a Nova Scotia Homebuilders Peak Award for most outstanding whole home residential renovation. Fenessa Williams Apostolakas was the winner of the Burchells LLP Summer Internship and Scholarship. She enjoyed a six week work term at the law firm as well as a scholarship to assist with post secondary studies. Measha Bruggergosman was nominated for her second

Grammy award for best classical vocal performance. In December, she was performing at Carnegie Hall for two nights before jetting to Oslo Norway to attend a reception for the Nobel Peace Prize. Hannibal Hoops, a novel by Gordon Halliburton set in the times of the arrival of the Loyalists in Nova Scotia has been published by Word Alive Press. Professor Graham Reynolds has just been named as the first holder of the Viola Desmond Chair in Social Justice at Cape Breton University. Craig Smith, who had made the promotion of African history part of his life’s endeavour, is following up his book, Journey, an African Nova Scotia resource guide, with a second called The Journey Continues. It will be the first Atlantic Canadian almanac of African history, covering 400 years of African Atlantic Canadian history. In Memoriam The BBI would like to extend its sympathy to Dr. Leslie Oliver and his family on the passing of Dr. Sharon Oliver on January 19.

10. Challenging Compliance: An individual shall be able to address a challenge concerning compliance with the above principles to the designated individual(s) accountable for the organization’s compliance. An individual may also file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. In this era of technology, global information sharing and security breaches, privacy law has become a complicated area, which is still developing. If you own or manage a business that involves the collection or use of personal information, your business is required to have appropriate policies and practices in place to ensure compliance with PIPEDA. I encourage you to involve your legal advisors in the development of a privacy policy. Equally as important – individuals must be vigilant in protecting their personal information. You can learn more about your rights and/ or obligations under PIPEDA by visiting the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s website at: http://www.priv.gc.ca. Yes, I still have the item I wanted to return after Christmas, but the retailer in question is no longer on my list of stores to visit when I am south of the border. The information presented above is for informative purposes only. All information provided is of a general nature and is not intended as legal advice and does not address the circumstances of any particular person.

If you have questions about the legalities of your business that you would like Candace Thomas to answer, please contact the BBI.

Black to Business BUSINESS IS JAMMIN’ REPORT Cheyanne Gorman-Tolliver “Where innovation meets potential for successful black youth development” It’s a new year and BIJ is looking forward to another successful year of programming and assisting in the development of youth entrepreneurs. In November 2010 BIJ through a partnership with the Canadian Economic Development (CED) Network hired a Youth Coordinator to assist in creating more engaging programming specifically for our older youth. Mahogany Lucas is now on staff and will be visiting communities across Nova Scotia to meet with youth aged 15-18 to get feedback on their needs and how BIJ can help. This year, due to the Canada Games, schools in HRM will break for two weeks in February. During this time BIJ will be offering two Business Camps back-to-back. The first will take place February 14th-18th for youth aged 8-11 and the second will run from February 21st-25th for youth aged 12-15. For more details and to register call Mahogany at 426-8688. ALL CAMPS ARE FREE OF CHARGE. If you are part of school or youth organization and are interested in how BIJ programming could benefit you don’t hesitate to contact us. Our BIJ Youth Coordinator is available by phone and email at lucas.mahogany@bbi.ns.ca Part of BIJ’s programming includes the concept of youth being able to see themselves reflected in today’s world. If you are an African Nova Scotian entrepreneur and are looking for a way to give back to our youth volunteer today. Contact me to see how you can get involved, 426-8685, toll free 1-888-664-9333 or by email at gorman-tolliver.cheyanne@bbi. ns.ca

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The Arrow’s club also nurtured local bands such as: The Hands of Time, - lead by Wallace Smith of North Preston. Local musicians such as: Gordon and Harold Johnston, Linda (Gordon) Carvery, Lou Gannon, Carson Jackson, Davie Wells, and numerous others, all had their day in the spotlight at the Arrow’s Club. At its Agricola Street location (1962 1970) and later at its

Brunswick Street

location (1970 - 1976) the Arrow’s club gained a reputation as the apex of black entertainment playing host to internationally known acts...

For young Blacks in the 1960’s and ‘70’s, witnessing world class musical performances by their own, instilled in them, a sense of racial and cultural pride during a time when segregation was still rampant. For influential and young Whites, their curiosity about “something hot happening on Agricola Street” – the Arrow’s Club was as close as they could come to the reality of the black experience and the black music invasion. For Billy Downey the Arrow’ Club was the realization of a vision to provide world class entertainment modeled after what he saw in Montreal nightclubs such as the legendary Rockheads and Esquire clubs. As a porter on the Canadian National Railway – a job Billy held for 40 years - he frequented the Montreal clubs scouting out business contacts and performing acts for the Arrow’s Club. For Billy the Arrow’s Club was

the realization of a vision to put his event management skills learned as a hockey team manager to good use. More importantly, it was the realization of a vision to work with and employ family, friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry and to do something which was needed and meaningful “ There was no such thing as a black club in the city…they didn’t even have the Black United Front back then. They had every other kind of club…Italian club, Greek club and so on” remarks Billy. For that vision today Billy Downey is regarded as a pioneer, a trailblazer, and a man who had a vision. He remarked that when he and his brother Graham – who Billy says worked beside him all the way decided to close the Arrow’s club they did so knowing it was time. “I was working as a porter on the train and trying to keep up the club. My brother Graham who was my business partner was working three jobs….at the CBC , as a city aldermen and also at the club…he worked hard” Having a career as a porter on the CN trains, a maturing family (Billy married Carol Gabriel of Amherst and together they had three daughters – Debra, Donna and Denise) and the fact that both he and his brother Graham found themselves having very little time to manage the business, some might say the decision to close the Arrow’s Club in 1976 was inevitable. However, as a man who had a vision Billy sometimes wonders what could have become of the Arrow’s Club under different circumstances. “I started out with a small private club and made it the number club in the city…..who knows….if Graham hadn’t gotten his aldermanship maybe we could have been millionaires.” remarks the feisty 76 year old Billy Downey.

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"Constructing the Future" Graduation

Minister Paris speaking to the graduates

The graduates with Joel Marsman, Gordon Doe and Gordon Tynes

Gordon and Joel with a participant and his workplace placement

Cheyanne and Joel presenting a certificate to Leona Desmond

Cheyanne, Joel and Albert Marsman

Cheyanne, Joel and Stacey Skinner

Cultural Tourism Tour in Virginia Lou Gannon

Lou Gannon Lou Gannon

Greg Browning and Tricia Brooks in Colonial Williamsburg

Paul and Star Adams receiving their Consumer Choice Award

Participants at Colonial Williamsburg

Christiansburg Institute, Virginia

Lou Gannon

Paul Adams

Award Winner!

BBI Chair Greg Browning at the Colonial Williamsburg

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Chelsea Nisbett, winner of the ANSMA Artist of the Year Award belts out a tune.

Lou Gannon

Lou Gannon

Dutch Robinson, winner of the BBI Industry Award with the Honourable Mayann E. Francis and Minister Percy Paris.

Marko Simmonds, winner of the ANSMA Rising Star Award, performing on the ANSMA stage.

Reeny Smith, winner of the ANSMA Up and Coming Award.

Lou Gannon

The evenings hosts Charla Williams and Robert Upshaw. Paul Adams

Paul Adams

Lou Gannon

The 13th Annual African Nova Scotian Music Awards & Show

Lou Gannon Jr., president of ANSMA with the Honourable Mayann E. Francis & Minister Percy Paris.

BBI Chair, Greg Browning

Brian Watson bringing greetings from the province

Lynn Jones and Charla Williams enjoying the entertainment

Paul Adams

Some guests enjoying the fun at the Directory Launch / Christmas Party Paul Adams

Paul Adams

Paul Adams

Rustum Southwell hosting the Directory Launch

Paul Adams

Paul Adams

BBI 2010 Directory Launch and Christmas Social

Jody Lyne (keyboards) and his band

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March 1 Women’s Networking Night

April 28, 2011 Nova Scotia- Gambia Association

March 11 & 12 The Association of Black Social Workers Celebrating Senior’s Health & Well-Being Conference

May 18 – 22 39th Anniversary Black Invitational Basketball Tournament

Holiday Inn Express, Kearney Lake Road, Halifax Centre for Women in Business For info: (902) 457-6449 cwb@msvu.ca http://www.msvu.ca/cwb/networking_WNN.asp

Dartmouth Ramada Hotel For info: Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard: 494-1190; Princewill Ogban: 499-8721

March 19 Africa Night 2011

5:00 pm to 2:00 am World Trade and Convention Centre For info: 444-7051 smass.halifax@gmail.com Scan the Barcode for Event Information

April 5 Women’s Networking Night 6:30 - 9:00 pm Holiday Inn Express, Kearney Lake Road, Halifax For info: (902) 457-6449 cwb@msvu.ca

April 19 – 20 6th Annual Renewable Energy Conference

World Trade and Convention Centre For info: 902-802-2606 patricia@energyconsultant.ca http://www.energyevent.ca

Join us at our Annual Dinner & Auction! Featuring authentic West African cuisine, musical performance, & inspirational speakers. 6:00 pm • Lord Nelson Hotel Tickets: $100, $75 for members For more information: (902) 423 1360 info@novascotiagambia.ca

Provincial Black Basketball Association For info: (902) 443-9512 / pbbafeedback@eastlink.ca

The Black Business Initiative Society’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award! Nominations Open

Deadline is May 13th

Contact Shakara Russell; 902-426-6692 / Russell.Shakara@bbi.ns.ca

June 17 Black Business Initiative’s Annual General Meeting (am) and Dinner/Dance (pm) Casino, NS

July 1 – 8 2011 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Halifax Metro Centre

July 2011 Africville Reunion July 10 – 15 BEA/Dalhousie MATH CAMP 2011 A five-day math/science camp Application deadline is April 30, 2011. For info: Black Educators Association of Nova Scotia 2136 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS B3K 3B3 Tel: (902) 424-2506 Fax: (902) 424-0636 wwww.thebea.ns.ca

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August 31 BEA Bursary Fund 2011-2012 Deadline August 31, 2011 Details: Mail to: Black Educators Association /Bursary Committee, 2136 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS B3K 3B3

NEW BBI STAFF Mahogany Lucas, BIJ Youth Coordinator

September 22 – 24 African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference World Trade &Convention Centre Halifax For info: www.gov.ns.ca/ansa

To submit items for the Community / Business Calendar please contact: Beverley Parker @ (902)426-8683, fax: 426-8699, or email bbi@bbi.ns.ca .

Prior to working with the BBI, she worked at a bank as a Business Support Representative where her role required her to multi-task, and monitor incoming and outgoing processing for major business bank accounts.


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client a few dollars or just make them feel better about their business then it makes you feel good about yourself,” he explains. Tabot says he is continually challenged with staying focused and current in an ever changing economy. But even with the inevitable changes he says accountancy is a great profession with an unlimited amount of opportunities. “Chartered Accountants are recognized as business leaders worldwide .... and there are a multitude of job opportunities in

Mahogany Lucas was born in Halifax and raised in Lower Sackville Nova Scotia. She attended Millwood High school and later Saint Mary’s University where she graduated in 2008 with a degree in Sociology.

Canada and abroad and the pays not bad either.” Keeping him grounded is also his wife Andrea and two sons, Dominic and Jared. He also coaches and has served on the Board of the Bedford Minor Basketball Association, is a former board member and treasurer of the Youth Alternative Society and is a member of the original Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia Diversity Task Force.

Mahogany volunteers her time to different organizations. She assisted in planning an Annual General Meeting for political affiliates in Nova Scotia. She has also helped fund-raise for the annual IWK Make a Wish Foundation. Mahogany is an enthusiastic champion of the importance of education and personal development for African NS youth. She looks forward to building relationships and breaking down barriers while encouraging Black youth to realize the opportunities that await them.

2010 Business Award Winners:

The Black Business Initiative congratulates two outstanding Nova Scotia companies recently recognized for their business excellence and leadership. BBI ENTrEprENEur of ThE YEar wINNEr: Juice Eh – Scotia Square since 2002 (www.juiceeh.com) hEcTor JacquES award of BuSINESS ExcEllENcE wINNEr: Simmons paving company - North Preston since 1975 (www.simmonspaving.com) Your success is a direct reflection of strong leadership, hard work and perseverance. We applaud your continued work within the Nova Scotia business community and the positive impacts you are making within our community. For more information visit Black Business Initiative, at www.bbi.ca.

If undeliverable return to: The Black Business Initiative Centennial Building Suite 1201,1660 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1V7

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Black to Business – Issue 49 – Winter 2011  

Black to Business – Issue 49 – Winter 2011