Bernard, Wanda Thomas
|born on||1 August 1953 at 00:05 (= 12:05 AM )|
|Place||Halifax, Nova Scotia (CAN), 44n39, 63w36|
|Timezone||ADT h3w (is daylight saving time)|
|Astrology data||08°34' 25°22 Asc. 09°26'|
Canadian politician, a senator from East Preston, Nova Scotia, who was formerly a social worker and educator. Bernard is the first Black Canadian to have an academic tenure position and become a full professor at Dalhousie University, where her research focuses on anti-oppression and diversity. Bernard was one of the founding members of the Association of Black Social Workers. In 2005, she was appointed to the Order of Canada for her work addressing racism and diversity in the field of social work, and in 2014, she was awarded the Order of Nova Scotia. On 27 October 2016, Bernard was named to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sit as an independent. At the time of her appointment, she was the chair of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. She is the first African Nova Scotian woman to serve in the Senate Chamber.
Bernard supports official recognition of Emancipation Day in Canada, and proposed a 2018 private member's bill to that effect. Bernard joined the Progressive Senate Group on 8 July 2020.
- Work : Prize 2005 (Order of Canada)
Sy Scholfield quotes her in an online article: "I was literally born minutes after midnight on August 1, so I was meant to be born on Emancipation Day and not on July 31" ("ASK AN EXPERT: SENATOR WANDA THOMAS BERNARD ON WHY EMANCIPATION DAY IS CRUCIAL IN FIGHTING ANTI‑BLACK RACISM" by Matt Reeder, Dal News, 29 July 2021 ).
- Traits : Body : Race (Black)
- Vocation : Education : Teacher
- Vocation : Healing Fields : Social worker
- Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social
- Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Progressive Senate Group)
- Vocation : Politics : Public office (Senator)
- Notable : Awards : Public Service (Order of Canada)
- Notable : Famous : First in Field