Growing up in a racially segregated Nova Scotia in the 1930’s and 40’s, Francis Dorrington wasn’t able to drink coke with his teammates in a restaurant after winning a basketball game. One of his first permanent jobs was working as a Via Rail Porter, one of the few rail jobs available to black men; he moved to Halifax and worked at the Camp Hill Veterans Hospital. It was upon moving back to New Glasgow with his wife, Frances, that he began actively serving his community. His public service career sets him apart as a trailblazer as he was the first African Nova Scotian elected to public office in New Glasgow, to serve on the Executive of the Nova Scotia School Board, and to serve as a Director of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.
He was a respected voice in municipal politics, serving as Town Councillor for 21 consecutive years. This included serving as Deputy Mayor for four terms, as well as Acting Mayor in 1987. His expertise was evident in revitalizing and renovating community infrastructures, such as New Glasgow Town Hall, New Glasgow town schools, and the Aberdeen Hospital.
In 1989, he was a key member of the group that established the New Glasgow Black Gala Homecoming Committee, an organization that saw him as their first Chairperson. When he was in positions of authority, he worked towards ensuring that the public services were more representative of the public they served. He has been an invaluable community mentor, and role model for generations of Nova Scotians.
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African Nova Scotian Directory - Google Local Guide
African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide
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Destination Liberty: Your guide to Black Historic Travel Destinations in Nova Scotia
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Nova Scotia Toursim: Discover African Nova Scotia