Team Profile: Tony Ince

Launching African Heritage Month is an honour Tony Ince holds dear. On January 24th, for the fourth time as minister, he joined Lieutenant Governor J. J. Grant to officially kick off this year’s celebration: Passing the Torch – African Nova Scotians and the next 150 years.

Embracing the struggle and adversity that African Nova Scotians endured over the generations, this year’s theme highlights their successes and bright path forward as Canada celebrates 150 years of confederation.

Canada’s 150th birthday inspires us to look to the future,” says Ince, the MLA for Cole Harbour-Portland Valley. “It reminds us that our efforts need to involve more young people and we, all Nova Scotians, have to take an honest look at the realities we are leaving our young people to inherit.”

Elected to the Legislature on October 8, 2013, Tony is well-regarded by colleagues and always takes the opportunity to have the voices of his constituents heard. A valuable member of cabinet, his passion for fairness and equality, and his strong commitment to issues affecting youth guide his work as MLA. He currently serves as Minister of African Nova Scotia Affairs and Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Prior to politics, Tony worked with the Department of Community Services as a youth and family counsellor, chaired the African Canadian Advisory Board for Nova Scotia Community College and is a past member of the African Nova Scotian Advisory committee for the Halifax Regional School Board. As an educator, he has instructed history and drama, and been involved with instructing equity and diversity programs within Ontario high schools. He also spent time as an actor working in television and film since 1994, having appeared in numerous films and commercials.

Minister Ince has a simple message for Nova Scotians: celebrate the rich history and diverse cultures that make up the multicultural fabric of our province.

“As community leaders, we have the responsibility to pass on that history to future generations – it’s our duty to pass that torch,” says Ince. “We have to take that torch, let it burn stronger and brighter than ever before, so bright and so strong that the brilliance and the warmth of it will unite the best of humanity.”