Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding & Human Rights (RCH)



Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development



SSRCE Policy 225 – Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding, and Human Rights

RCH Board Data

Provincial Educational Reports

Nova Scotia Assessments – Disaggregated Results

Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding and Human Rights (RCH) aims to advance social justice and equity in all sectors of our education community. RCH provides in-school support through a regional coordinator and student support workers.

Student support worker program, developed from the BLAC Report on Education (1994), aims to assist students of African and First Nations descent achieve success in their educational endeavours by creating a positive and supportive learning environment. Under the direction of the RCH Coordinator, student support works provide services in cooperation with school principals and staff, assist in creating bridges to alleviate gaps in educational opportunities; they are part of a team, which includes students, families, principals, teachers, support staff and at times community agencies. Student support workers are assigned to schools on an annual basis, based on need.

Other RCH services and support include, but are not limited to:

  • Promoting inclusive education for students of all beliefs, races, religions, cultures and lifestyles.
  • Providing anti-racism, anti-discrimination and anti-homophobic education to students, staff and the school community.
  • Providing counseling and intervention with regards to bullying and/or cyber-bullying.
  • Engaging in outreach and consultation processes with appropriate community partners.
  • Developing professional development opportunities for staff related to RCH.

Referral for RCH support is initiated by teachers and/or school principals who should be contacted first regarding specific concerns or questions related to your child’s experience(s).

The primary role of the Student Support Worker (SSW) is to provide support for students of African and Aboriginal descent. We recognize that students are both successful and struggle during the long road from Primary to grade 12. SSW’s support students in order to strive toward a successful public school experience. Our goal is to be a supportive resource to students.

SSRCE Student Support Worker contact information:

Student Support Worker

Home Support School

Secondary Support Schools

Phone Number

Email Address

Shelly Whynot Dr. J.C. Wickwire Academy SQMS, LRHS, FHCS 902-350-2880 swhynot@ssrce.ca
Sheila Porter Chester District Elementary School CAMS 902-521-3314 sporter@ssrce.ca
Mary Scott Bridewater Elemetary BJSHS, BES, HA 902-521-9329 mscott@ssrce.ca
Cathy LeBlanc Park View Education Centre BA, BCS 902-521-9812 cleblanc@ssrce.ca

Supporting Transgender Students

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey released guidelines on to support schools and school boards in protecting and respecting students as they assert their gender identity and right to gender expression. The guidelines complement the amendments made to the Human Rights Act in December 2012 that protect transgender people from discrimination. They will help schools and school boards to create a culture that is safe, respectful and supportive of transgender and gender non-conforming students. Ms. Casey says the Department and its partners are committed to implementing guidelines that respect the needs and the dignity of our transgender students, and all of our students. The South Shore Regional School Board is also committed to the students, families and school communities of SSRCE to implement and promote respect of all. Please contact Lamar Eason, SSRCE RCH Coordinator for any questions around these guidelines.

Guidelines for Supporting Transgender Students

Liverpool Regional High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) supports all student learners with this prezi:

https://prezi.com/4o9p0m3e3yud/gsaatlrhs/ <– HAVE A LOOK AT THIS PREZI!


For general inquiries, please contact:
Lamar Eason, RCH Coordinator
Phone: 521-3449 Email: leason@ssrce.ca

Follow Lamar on Twitter! @SSRSBdiversity


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