Amplifying Voices is a local partnership seeking to identify how business is adapting to increased calls for workplace diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in a post-George Floyd world. The partnership includes the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, My East Coast Experience, Ashanti Leadership and Professional Development Services, and Footprints Life Coaching.

But who are the people behind these local businesses and organizations? Can we put a face to this partnership? The following series seeks to do just that. Each week we will provide a glimpse at the people behind this unique project and the role they play.

Our first profile is of David Divine, founder of Footprints Life Coaching. David is the initiative’s head researcher, aiming to coordinate a dedicated team of experienced professionals. He is also the public face of the project, meeting with business leaders, doing interviews, and leading discussion and focus groups on the issues. David is a published author, columnist, world traveler, and speaker on areas relating to social justice and the lived experiences of individuals and communities.

He has worked at executive/senior management levels in four professional areas: social work, affordable and safe housing, education, and public service management. His role with Footprints Life Coaching has a focus on speaking engagements, research, consulting, and coaching. The aim of the business is to amplify the voices of those unheard and unacknowledged. David is a fully-tenured professor of social work and held the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University from 2004 to 2009. He has sat on a number of volunteer boards throughout his professional and personal life and in diverse communities.

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