In this episode of Shades of Green, Sadie Beaton interviews Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard, a professor at the Dalhousie School of Social Work since 1990, where she held the position of Director from 2001- 2011. She teaches in the area of anti-oppression at the graduate level and cultural diversity in the undergraduate program. She also teaches an elective course entitled Africentric Perspectives in Social Work, the only one of its kind. Besides this, she finds time to Chair the Health and Wellness Ministry at the East Preston United Baptist Church, through which she has been involved in a Mobile Food Market pilot project.
Dr. Bernard has received numerous awards and honours, most notably, her appointment to the Order of Canada in 2005 for her work on racism. Wanda is a founding member, and past president of the Association of Black Social Workers. She is the first African Nova Scotian to hold a tenure track position at Dalhousie University and to be promoted to Full Professor. She is a community-engaged scholar who actively links her research, teaching, practice and community activism.