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The Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) had their annual holiday brunch and awarded two scholarships

Posted by Jane Gallinaugh on January 22, 2020 in News
The Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) had their annual holiday brunch and awarded two scholarships
The Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) had their annual holiday brunch and awarded two scholarships

On December 13, 2019, the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) had their annual holiday brunch and awarded two scholarships:

The ABSW Bursary recognizes a student who is actively involved with the Association and its mission to provide professional development for African Canadian social workers and workers in related fields and offer services and programs in the interest of the Black Community and the community at large. This year’s recipient is BSW student Bria Symonds.  Bria Symonds, BA (Women Studies/Family Studies) is an African Nova Scotian community advocate who works on many community projects. She has conducted research studying Black feminism, racial factors impacting the ‘achievement gap’ in education and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Bria hopes to further her Social Work Education and continue to work in marginalized communities. Bria is completing her Field Placement with the ABSW. Congratulations Bria!

The Ngena Bernard Memorial Dalhousie University Transition Year Program – Social Work Bursary Fundassists full and part time African Canadian students who are graduates of the Dalhousie University Transition Year Program (TYP) and are attending the Dalhousie School of Social Work or completing prerequisite courses to study towards a social work degree. 

This year it was a very special award recognizing Ngena Bernard’s sister, Amber Bernard, reflecting her success in the Transition Year Program and her intention to study social work.  Proud members of the Bernard family came to remember Ngena with love and admiration and celebrate Amber, including three of Ngena’s children, Niah, Nadia and Jahnaz; Ngena’s father Garry Bernard; three of her aunts, Delvina and Kim Bernard and Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard; her uncle Sonny Bernard.  Amber’s daughter Takiyah and son Tahfari were in attendance to remember Ngena and share this particularly meaningful granting of the award. Ngena’s son Jarvis Bernard was not able to attend. Three of Amber and Ngena’s cousins, Kaneka Watkins-Jackson, Amariah Bernard, and Nzingha Bernard-Millar joined in the occasion.

From left to right: Bernard family members Niah, Sonny, Nzingah, Amber, Amariah, Delvina, Kaneka, Takiyah, Jahnaz, Garry, Nadia, Wanda and Kim.