The Road to Economic Prosperity Advisory Council provides leadership, oversight, and strategic guidance in developing and implementing the Action Plan. The Council is comprised of representatives from each Black community in the Halifax Region and organizations involved in economic development or capacity building in the community. Its work is supported by the Elder and Youth councils and partner organizations including the Halifax Partnership and the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The Advisory Council's mandate includes:
Work collaboratively with members to expand and develop principles.
Using the five elements for developing African Nova Scotian communities, advise on the implementation of the Road to Economic Prosperity Action Plan.
Oversee the development and implementation of work plans for the Action Plan.
Report on the progress made on the Action Plan to the African Nova Scotian community, funders, and partners.
The Council’s work is guided by the Nguzo Saba Principles.
Umoja (We will strive for unity in all we do)
Kujichagulia (Define common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of the community)
Ujima (We have a role to play in the community – past, present, and future)
Ujamaa (Work towards collective economic strength and meet common needs through mutual support)
Nia (We set goals that are beneficial to the community)
Kuumba (We use our creative energies to build and maintain a vibrant community)
Imani (We will honour our traditions, draw upon the best in ourselves, and strive for a higher level).
Dolly Williams – Co-Chair
Irvine Carvery – Co-Chair
Jareeca Jones – Upper Hammonds Plains
Viola Fraser – North Preston
Rose Fraser – North Preston
Sherry Bernard – Lake Loon / Cherrybrook
Gina Jones-Wilson – Upper Hammonds Plains
Patsy Crawford – Patsy Crawford
Warren Kelsey – Maroon Hill
Veronica Marsman - Akoma
Cheyenne Jones - Akoma
Tammy Ewing – Engage Nova Scotia
Mamadou Wade – Black Business Initiative
Chavasse Bain – African Nova Scotian Affairs (ANSA), Government of Nova Scotia
Rosella Fraser – North Preston Community Rec Centre
Shelley Fashan – Elder Council Connecter
George Frempong – Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute
Chelsea Slawter-Wright – The Alzheimer’s Society
Carolann Wright – Halifax Partnership