VANSDA’S mission is to improve the quality of life for African Nova Scotians and other citizens in the Annapolis Valley by creating Partnerships in Employment, Training and Economic Development. Our focus is on increasing employment opportunities for marginalized and other community members.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The organization is guided by a number of volunteer members that make up its’ Board of Directors. These individuals come from various parts of the Annapolis Valley, representing communities or organizations with an interest in the development and growth of the African Nova Scotian community. Each Board member plays a vital role as a contact person from the community to the organization.
2020-2021 Executive Members:
Chair- Dr. Geraldine Browning
Vice Chair – Mr. Devon Adams
Board of Directors Recruitment
The Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association- VANSDA is seeking highly skilled individuals to join our Board of Directors.
Are you interested in advancing community development opportunities in the Annapolis Valley for persons of African descent and other marginalized person?
Would you like to work with a dynamic team who are passionate about building a culturally diverse and welcoming community for all?
Are you able to volunteer to help ensure that our efforts supporting community members are successful and that we continue to provide a voice for residents across the region.
If you answered YES, please download and complete our Board of Directors Application Package by clicking on this link.
By developing and implementing a wide range of programs and initiatives (including justice, tourism and education) along with providing access to the various employment programs, VANSDA continues to be a leader in the integration of African Canadians and other marginalized persons into all aspects of life in western Nova Scotia and beyond. The organization strives to develop the whole community by continuing in its efforts to break down barriers and by partnering with others ensure that a strong, welcoming and healthy communities throughout Nova Scotia exists.
Since its inception in 2000, the organization has grown and extended employment and accompanying services to the community in the areas of justice, health, education, community development, immigration, heritage/ tourism and more. All these initiatives and upcoming projects have had a wide ranging impact on the region.
Partnering with other organizations throughout Nova Scotia, VANSDA continues in its efforts to build relationships which will advance its mandate and transition marginalized community members into the labour force. This involves more than just developing skills and processes, it is a way of being and a way of thinking.