Shawna Paris-Hoyte appointed Executive Director of African Nova Scotian Justice Institute

Release originally posted on CNW. Shared on behalf of the African Nova Scotian Justice Institute.

HALIFAX, NS, March 20, 2024: The African Nova Scotian Justice Institute (ANSJI) proudly announces the appointment of Shawna Paris-Hoyte, ONS, KC, MSW, RSW, as its new Executive Director.

A fifth-generation African Nova Scotian, Shawna brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her role, with a career marked by tireless advocacy for equity and human rights, particularly for women, children, youth, and families.

With a diverse background spanning law, social work, mediation, education, and business ownership, Shawna has been deeply involved in legal cases and community initiatives in Nova Scotia and across Canada.

Her notable achievements include successfully arguing precedent-setting cases at the Supreme Court of Canada, advocating for marginalized communities, and providing pro bono legal services, particularly focusing on human rights cases within the African Nova Scotian community.

Shawna was originally selected as Executive Director in 2021; however, her appointment was postponed due to her role as legal counsel for a participant organization in the Nova Scotia Mass Casualty Commission Public Inquiry.  The interim role of Acting Director was held by Robert Wright, a notable social worker and justice policy advocate, from 2021-2024.

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