The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute is a twelve person volunteer board of African Nova Scotian professionals that has been tasked with conducting research, developing programs and providing services on behalf of our African Canadian/Nova Scotian learners. The DBDLI has a mandate that encompasses learners of all ages.

The DBDLI is committed to working with and on behalf of our African Canadian/Nova Scotian communities to improve learners’ educational experiences and outcomes. The Institute has established and will continue to establish numerous partnerships with local provincial and national African Canadian organizations. The Institute also recognizes the importance of establishing and maintaining a strong working relationship with government agencies, departments and non-government organizations.

Much of the research conducted by the BLAC was accomplished using the Participatory Action Research (PAR). This approach mobilized the African Nova Scotian communities and engaged parents and students alike to identify issues within the education system and become part of the solution to these problems. It is within this context that the DBDLI seeks to sustain a grassroots approach to resolving the problems that confront African Canadian/ Nova Scotian learners and educators.

The DBDLI will be a leading provincial and national center of knowledge and research on Africentric theories and practices that improve educational outcomes, and inform policy about African Canadian/Nova Scotian learners from preschool and through college and adult learning. It seeks to understand and improve the standard of education for African Canadian/Nova Scotian learners and educators through Africentric educational research and practices, and to enhance the public debate about educational reforms.

DBDLI Office & Community Space

Feel free to drop by our office during business hours to find out more about DBDLI.

Contact Information

Our Valuable Team

Sylvia Parris

Chief Executive Officer

Sylvia provides leadership to the organization through the identification of opportunities and the implementation of initiatives designed to improve the education environment for African Nova Scotian learners and educators. Read more »

Director of Research

George is responsible for the development of the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute’s research, measurement and evaluation activities. Read more »

Victoria Lake

Finance Officer

Victoria oversees the Institute’s budgeting, accounting, auditing and financial reporting responsibilities. Read more »

Chanae Parsons

Coordinator of Youth Initiatives and Projects

Chanae is responsible for developing and leading the execution of DBDLI’s youth centered projects. Read more »

Ramona Hill

Executive Assistant

Ramona is responsible for providing assistance to the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors and office management. Read more »

Samuel Provo-Benoit

Administrative Assistant

Samuel is responsible for providing support to the members of the Institute’s management team and overall office operations. Read more »


The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute will continue to grow and benefit from the support of the Province of Nova Scotia, corporations, philanthropic institutions, educational organizations and some of the most talented and committed professionals committed to African Canadian/ Nova Scotian education.

The Board of the DBDLI would like to thank the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Council on African Canadian Education, Black Educators Association and local community organizations for their ongoing support towards the development of the Institute.

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