Tracey Jones Grant grew up in Halifax Nova Scotia. Attending elementary schools of LeMarchant, Chebucto and Bloomfield, Tracey graduated from Queen Elizabeth High School and went on to do a BSc at Mount Saint Vincent University (1984) and a Masters of Library Sciences at Dalhousie University (1986). The daughter of Joan and Rocky (Sharon) Jones, Tracey grew up engrained in Black identity and the fight for civil rights.
Tracey has worked for the Halifax Public Libraries since 1978, beginning as a student under the leadership of Terry Symonds and Adelia Amyoony. It is through her early beginnings at the library Tracey began looking at issues affecting the Black learner. Early in her career, Tracey recognized that children coming to the library were being entertained with puppet shows and stories that did not reflect their identity as children of African descent and children living in the inner city. Brown marker in hand, Tracey and fellow staff members set about “coloring” the puppets and developing shows such as Mufaros Beautiful Daughters, Africville Child and Journeys: the story of the Black Loyalist. Just a beginning, this led to the development of Black Literature collections and further programming reflecting the African Nova Scotian/Canadian experience.
Tracey’s first involvement with the Council was back in 1998 when she sat as an advisor on the Africentric Learning Institute as it was developing its program. Actively involved in the community for many years, Tracey is a founding member of the Black History Month Association (1989), a past member of the Cultural Awareness Youth Group Board (1988-92), the first choir Marshall for the Nova Scotia Mass choir as part of the International Gospel Festival (1992), past member of the Canadian Multicultural Advisory Committee (advising Minister Gerry Weiner who was instrumental in the Federal response to the BLAC report) and Member of the Black Educators Association (1990 to present). Tracey has also sat as a board member for Mount Saint Vincent University (2001-6) and the United Way, Halifax Region (2005-8).
Accepting the role of chair for the Council on African Canadian Education, Tracey looks forward to working closely with the community in moving forward CACE’s mandate. In particular, over the next three years, key strategic goals to be reached by the Council include:
- Establishment of the Africentric Learning Institute
- Ensuring the implementations of the recommendations from the Reality Check report
- Developing strong community relations and partnerships
- Working hand in hand with other organizations that promote and support the Black learner
Tracey currently works as the Manager for ELL, Literacy and Diversity Services for Halifax Public Libraries. Along with her work in the African Nova Scotian community, Tracey is dedicated to the literacy and learning rights of all people. Her work often focuses on community engagement, respect for and representation of diversity and inclusion in public library services. In 2009, Tracey and the Working Together Project Team won the Ontario Library Associations Presidents Award for their work on community led library services.
Tracey is married to Terry Grant and has two boys, Jordan and Justus.