SMU in Action: “We Been Here”

Event Date
Thu, 25 Feb 2021
Event Times
7PM-830PM (AST)

Join us for the third session of our SMU in Action virtual engagement series, "We Been Here": SMU Black Alumni panel. 

Saint Mary’s University is a rich source of diasporic Black experience and knowledge. The University is also located in a city with the oldest free Black communities in Canada. Join us on Thursday February 25, 2021 from 7 to 8:30 PM AT for a discussion with five Saint Mary’s University Black alumni to discuss their experiences at SMU, their professional careers, the rich histories and traditions of African Nova Scotians, and their commitment to service.

This panel is part of an ongoing effort to connect Saint Mary’s rich community of Black students with alumni, to create SMU’s first Black Alumni Association, and to bridge the university’s relationship with a global community of Saint Mary’s Black alumni who offer a rich resource of knowledge, expertise, and experience to the world.  

The event is co-organized by Dr. Rachel Zellars from the Department of Social Justice and Community Studies, and is hosted and moderated by SMU alumna, artist, and community organizer, Delvina Bernard BComm'82, a 6th generation African Nova Scotian who traces her roots to the Black Loyalists of 1783 and Black Refugees of 1812.

Panelists for this event include Candace Thomas BA'86 (Partner at Stewart McKelvey Law and currently on leave to serve as Deputy Minister at NS Department of Justice ), Kwame Watkins BSc'96 DipEng'96 (Vice-President of Operations for the national facilities management company, US Facilities), Cazhhmere Downey BA'03 (international award-winning director and music video director), and Bria Daye BA'18 (Recent graduate in Sociology). 

Please note that this event is part of a larger series of African Heritage Month events taking place at SMU. For a full list of African Heritage Month events, please visit

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 902.420.5420.

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