I first met Glenda in 2014, when she joined the first group of women to take the Business Cohort for Women’s Leadership course run by the Black Business Initiative (BBI), and sponsored by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Her passion and dedication for the education of her community were evident.
Glenda’s commitment to hard work was apparent to everyone. She had the furthest to travel into the Halifax from Truro but she was always the first to arrive every Saturday morning for six weeks.
During the weeks we spent together as women of colour, learning and sharing, Glenda was encouraging to all of us. She shared her knowledge of life, and experiences to remind us to believe in ourselves and that we could achieve anything by staying focused.
We are delighted that Glenda was able to retain her seat by 363 votes, as the African Nova Scotian voice on the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. The region has a long history of diversity but in recent years, with increased immigrant population, the scope of Glenda's work will be increased and varied.
As a lifelong educator, Glenda Talbot-Richards is guided by two fundamental imperatives in her life: her unqualified love for family and a caring compassion for the community.
Born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia, Ms Talbot- Richards graduated from Truro Senior High, before going on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree at Dalhousie University. During her studies, she discovered a real passion for her community and wanted to find a way to make a difference.
Ms. Talbot-Richards decided to be a teacher and enrolled in the educational studies program at Saint Mary's University. She spent the next 37 years working in her chosen field.
During that time, she became a trailblazer in her community, locally and provincially. A 1994 Vision Television documentary showcased Ms. Talbot-Richards' achievement in becoming the first African Nova Scotian teacher at Willow Street Elementary School. Her belief in the importance of educational opportunities inspired her to take on the role of Regional Educator for the Black Learners Advisory Committee and as a Coordinator of Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding and Human Rights for the Chignecto Central Regional School Board. She also has served for two decades as a member of the Truro Black Education Committee.
While she retired as public school teacher in 2007, she remains an important and passionate educator and a beacon for her community. After receiving a Certificate in Adult Education from Henson College, Ms. Talbot-Richards continued her teaching career as an adult educator and Facilitator for FutureWorx Society.
In 2012, she put her name forward for public service and was elected as a School Board Member for the Chignecto Central Regional School Board. Glenda was re-elected for a second term in 2016.
Beyond her love for enriching lives through education, Glenda takes joy in spending time with her husband
Dave, her adult children: Darrin, Tiffany and Nikki and her grandchildren: Dominic and Jared.
We wish Glenda every success as she continues to serve our community with passion, leadership and integrity.