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ISBN associated with this title: 9781774710203
Item NB1593
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
Published on September 30 2021
Language eng
Pages 240
Format Paperback
Dimensions9(in) x 6(in)
Shipping weight330(g)
The Honorable Donald H. Oliver, CM, ONS, QC, retired as a member of the Senate of Canada in 2013 after twenty-three years of service. He now resides at his beloved farm in Pleasant River, Queens County, Nova Scotia. Oliver rose to serve with distinction as Deputy Speaker in the Senate of Canada, as Chairman of six standing committees of Parliament; as Chairman or Deputy Chairman of seven inter-parliamentary associations; and as a ubiquitous spokesperson for diversity, pluralism, fairness and equality, for which he was awarded five Honorary Doctorate degrees from Canadian Universities.

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Don Oliver takes us on a delightful journey from his childhood as the son of a proud custodian at Acadia University to becoming the first Black man appointed to the Senate of Canada to rubbing shoulders with President Obama in the Oval Office. He has been a singular towering force in making the business case for diversity in the public and private sectors, and he's backed it up with empirical data. In my association with Don over decades, as banker to parliamentarian and as a good friend, I have experienced his determination, his intellect, his wit, and his humanity. This must-read book captures all of these attributes with grace and insight.

— Bill Downe, former president and chief executive officer, BMO Financial Group

This brilliantly written book chronicles Don Oliver's lifelong influences and distinguished contributions toward social justice and equality.....This is a book of seasoned scholarship that is accessible, spiritually sensitive, and constructive. In presenting both his maternal and paternal family histories, [it] shows Don himself and his family members as nation-builders contributing to Canada's evolving democracy, and it blends their contributions to provincial, national, and international historic events with contemporary issues...
Don Oliver is a statesman of integrity and an authentic leader who is ethical and just, and this book is a reflection of his lifetime dedication and unselfish service to building a more inclusive Canadian society.

— Sharon D. Brown Ross, community social justice advocate; former senior manager, Federal Public Service

Suppose you want to enhance your understanding of a visionary and trailblazer who has relentlessly broken down barriers and contributed to making Canada a more equitable place. In that case, A Matter of Equality should be on your required reading list. Don Oliver recounts his journey through life and public service in a profoundly moving and inspiring way with clarity and purpose. It is not only the story of a remarkable person, it is also the history of Nova Scotia and Canada.

— Denise Allyson Cole, Public Servant / Deputy Minister