Brad Barton to Receive Honorary Degree from Dalhousie University for Contributions to Education and Sports in Nova Scotia

On June 6, 2023, Dalhousie University will award an honorary degree to Brad Barton, an African Nova Scotian educator and coach who has dedicated his life to improving the education system and sports world in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Barton, who was born and raised in Jordantown, Digby County, began his teaching career at Allan W Evans/Nelson Whynder Elementary School in North Preston right after high school, before even completing his teaching certification. Over the past six decades, he has held various positions in the provincial Department of Education, including as a principal, Supervisor of Schools, and Supervisor & Coordinator of Race Relations, Cross-cultural Education, and Human Rights.

In these roles, Mr. Barton has played a vital role in developing and directing projects aimed at enhancing accessibility and improving learning outcomes for African Nova Scotian students. He has helped change the way Nova Scotian schools welcome and assist students from across the province. His impact has been felt not only in the educational system but also in the community at large, as he is a fervent supporter of social justice and human rights.

Beyond his work in education, Mr. Barton has also had a significant influence on the sporting world. As a well-known volleyball coach, official, and administrator, he has officiated at two Olympic Games, one Pan American Games, three World Student Games, and a World Championship. He is the first Black Canadian to achieve the status of volleyball referee on the world stage.

Throughout his career, Mr. Barton has received various honours, including the Order of Nova Scotia, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and induction into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. He is a former president of the National Council of Black Educators in Canada and a lifelong member of the Canadian Education Association.

Mr. Barton’s honorary degree from Dalhousie University recognizes his lifelong contributions to Nova Scotia’s educational and sporting landscapes, as well as his unwavering commitment to social justice and human rights.


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