Thursday, January 26, 2012

Africville Heritage Trust appoints new director

you will doubtless remember the summer controversy when the africville heritage trust appointed an executive director - who turned out to be a white out-of-towner with a checkered past.

that director parted company from AHT and i've just gotten word they have a new ED. a nova scotian, too - in fact an african-nova scotian with international experience. i haven't met her yet, but it sounds like an exciting development.

here are the details:

Sunday Miller appointed to Africville Heritage Trust

Sunday Miller has led community development projects in South America, Indonesia, and Halifax. She has led not-for-profit organizations ranging from the Black Educators Association to AdSum House, and most recently has guided the Dartmouth Learning Network through a tumultuous period to stability and expanded programs.

Now, she's about to bring that experience to the Africville Heritage Trust.

"Sunday's unique combination of experience and understanding of the community will serve her well in the challenges of starting the operation of the Africville Church Museum, and the Board is looking forward to working with her to ensure that we honour the traditions and spirit of Africville," said Daurene Lewis, chair of the AHT Board.

Ms Miller, who is an African Nova Scotian with an Honours degree in science and a Masters of Business Administration, will guide the startup of operations for the Church Museum, and support fundraising for the Africville Interpretive Centre.

"This is not just a project to create a museum and an interpretive centre," said Ms Miller. "This is a spiritual journey toward healing and the creation of a vibrant Black community. I am excited to be part of it."

Construction of the replica Church is complete, and exhibits will be installed by mid-February. The Church Museum will be open to the public following a private event for former Africville residents and their descendants.
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