The Hon. Donald Oliver’s autobiography, A Matter of Equality: The Life’s Work of Senator Don Oliver, was released on Sept. 28 by Nimbus Press. At the launch event for the book, Oliver spoke with Nimbus non-fiction book editor Angela Mombourquette about his life and work.
Praise for A Matter of Equality
Don Oliver takes us on a delightful journey from his childhood as the son of a proud custodian at Acadia University to becoming the first Black man appointed to the Senate of Canada to rubbing shoulders with President Obama in the Oval Office. He has been a singular towering force in making the business case for diversity in the public and private sectors, and he’s backed it up with empirical data. In my association with Don over decades, as banker to parliamentarian and as a good friend, I have experienced his determination, his intellect, his wit, and his humanity. This must-read book captures all of these attributes with grace and insight.
— Bill Downe, former president and chief executive officer, BMO Financial Group
This brilliantly written book chronicles Don Oliver’s lifelong influences and distinguished contributions toward social justice and equality…..This is a book of seasoned scholarship that is accessible, spiritually sensitive, and constructive. In presenting both his maternal and paternal family histories, [it] shows Don himself and his family members as nation-builders contributing to Canada’s evolving democracy, and it blends their contributions to provincial, national, and international historic events with contemporary issues…
Don Oliver is a statesman of integrity and an authentic leader who is ethical and just, and this book is a reflection of his lifetime dedication and unselfish service to building a more inclusive Canadian society.
— Sharon D. Brown Ross, community social justice advocate; former senior manager, Federal Public Service
Suppose you want to enhance your understanding of a visionary and trailblazer who has relentlessly broken down barriers and contributed to making Canada a more equitable place. In that case, A Matter of Equality should be on your required reading list. Don Oliver recounts his journey through life and public service in a profoundly moving and inspiring way with clarity and purpose. It is not only the story of a remarkable person, it is also the history of Nova Scotia and Canada.
— Denise Allyson Cole, Public Servant / Deputy Minister