Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dismissed Africville Heritage Trust Exec. Has Shelburne Connection

carol nixon, africville heritage trust

A white Anglican minister, let go from her 3 month old job as executive director of the Africville Heritage Trust in Halifax, has a South Shore connection.   
Rev. Carole Nixon had a posting at Christ Anglican Church in Shelburne a couple of years ago where she served as the parish priest. Nixon was living in Toronto before she applied and approved for the position with the Africville Heritage Trust.   
She says she wasn't given a reason for her termination by the trust board and will be talking to a lawyer about it. Nixon was let go a day after some media outlets reported she had left jobs in Ontario and elsewhere over allegations of inappropriate spending. The chair of the Africville Heritage Trust, Daurene Lewis, says race wasn't an issue in the decision to terminate Nixon.  
Her dismissal follows weeks of angry comments by some members of the Halifax black community who said Nixon's appointment was inappropriate.