AHEAD is privileged to have the Honourable Senator Donald H. Oliver, Q.C. as its Patron.

A Black lawyer from Halifax, Canada, Senator Oliver is a graduate of Acadia University and Dalhousie University Law School. He joined the Senate in 1990 and has, over the years, served in several Standing Senate Committees and is currently a member of theStanding Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, the Standing Committee on Transportation and Communications, the Standing Committee on Human Rights and the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament.

Prior to entering the Senate, Senator Oliver practiced law in Halifax with Stewart McKelvey Stirling and Scales from 1965 to 1990 as well as two other law firms for a total of 36 years, primarily working as a civil litigator. He has also taught Law at the Technical University of Nova Scotia, St. Mary’s University and Dalhousie University Law School and is a speaker and lecturer on topics such as Human Rights, the Canadian Constitution and Election Law.

Senator Oliver’s record of community service includes, among others, his work as President and Chairman of the Halifax Children’s Aid Society, Chairman, President and Director of the Neptune Theatre Foundation, and Director at the Halifax-Dartmouth Welfare Council.

Recipient of the Harry Jerome Award for Community Service, Senator Oliver has also served as Director of the Black United Front and Founding President and First Chairman for the Protection and Preservation of Black Culture in Nova Scotia.

A Friend of Ethiopia, Senator Oliver is known as a champion of social justice whose voice is constantly heard from church basements, corporate boardrooms and government buildings seeking fairness and equity for all. While AHEAD is fortunate to have Senator Oliver as its Patron, Ethiopia has also found in him a true friend who will take up its cause both with the Canadian Government and the Canadian public.

The following is the speech delivered by Senator Oliver at AHEAD’s fundraising bazaar on September 16, 2000.

Detailed information on the Senator and his work may be found on his website.