LESLIE OLIVER - Professor Emeritus, Acadia University
Dr. Leslie Oliver is a former President of the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia, the organization that operates the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia. Dr. Oliver’s family connections to Nova Scotia go back over 200 years. His mother’s family arrived in Guysborough as Black Loyalist settlers around 1783 and his Father’s family arrived in Halifax during the War of 1812. Dr. Oliver grew up in Halifax where his parents, Dr. William and Dr. Pearleen Oliver were community leaders who helped start the Black Cultural Centre as a place to learn about our African Nova Scotian past, to build in the present and to preserve for the future. His parents demonstrated what leadership means and he has used those lessons as president and leader in local, provincial and national organizations.
Dr. Oliver enjoyed teaching, research and administration as a university professor in Canada and the United States. He retired as Director of Computer Science at Acadia University and remains Professor Emeritus at that university.