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DeRico Symonds

DeRico Symonds is a 7th generation African Nova Scotian from Halifax, Nova Scotia. DeRico is the Director of Justice Strategy with the African Nova Scotian Justice Institute. (ANSJI). Additionally, DeRico Symonds is an Impact of Race and Cultural Assessor (IRCA) with the Forensic Assessment & Treatment Unit at ANSJI.

He is a founding member of two non-profit organizations in Halifax, ACCE HFX, GameChangers902.  DeRico Symonds holds an undergraduate degree in Child & Youth Study (2012) and an MEd in Counselling through Acadia University (2018). DeRico also has his Canadian Counselling Certification through the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association of Canada.


“If we all do a little, nobody has to do a lot alone” – DeRico Symonds

"Community service is a universal language"

"Carry the baton as far and as fast as you can for the next generation to pick it up"


Selected to give the Key Note speech at the 1st annual Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institutes Ancestral Roots Awards Ceremony. 


This video was completed by the Province of Nova Scotia to highlight young change makers in Nova Scotia. 

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