Community Economic Development

Building Community Capacity

Halifax is made up of more than 196 distinct communities, each exploring different avenues for growth. The Partnership collaborates with more than 20 organizations to build capacity and support initiatives to strengthen the community.

In 2012/13, we provided community economic development support to over 15 projects within the African Nova Scotia community. Our Preston area staff are now co-located with HRM Community Development in the North Preston Community Centre. It’s a natural partnership - both working to achieve a similar goal to build capacity in Preston area communities.


Ujamaa is a collaborative and sustainable development initiative supported by some of Nova Scotia’s most influential leaders from the African Nova Scotia community and the Partnership to empower the ANS community to reach its full potential. Ujamaa takes an integrated, unified approach to community development with a focus on the sustainability of the ANS community.

  • In 2011, Ujamaa was successfully incorporated and the new Ujamaa Council was established. 
  • In 2011/12, the Partnership supported Ujamaa on the governance and development of a project proposal to complete a census of the African Nova Scotia community.

Remembering Dr. Rocky Jones

Dr. Burnley (Rocky) Alan Jones sadly passed away on July 29th, 2013. Dr. Jones was the principle leader of the Ujamaa initiative. 

Dr. Jones was a remarkable person - a commanding figure whose personality filled the room. He was well known for his advocacy and pursuit of social justice and human rights. He was a man of principle who believed in the dignity of every human being. He will be greatly missed.

For more information please contact:

Carolann Wright-Parks
Manager, Community Economic Development 
Greater Halifax Partnership

Preston Satellite Office: 

North Preston Community Centre
44 Simmonds Road
North Preston

9:00 am - 5:00pm
Monday - Friday