Louise Delisle

Louise Delisle

Shelburne, Nova Scotia

Louise Delisle is an award-winning activist, author, playwright, and African Nova Scotian community leader with over thirty years experience in the health care field.

The eldest of seven children, a mother and grandmother, Louise was born and has lived in Shelburne, Nova Scotia most of her life.

Louise’s work addressing environmental racism and impacts of climate change on the Black community of Shelburne began in 2014 and she founded the South End Environmental Injustice Society (SEED) in 2016. SEED is a direct grassroots response to the siting of the landfill near the African Nova Scotian and working-poor community in Shelburne.

SEED was awarded the Group Award at the 2018 Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards Celebration for their work addressing environmental concerns in the African Nova Scotian community in the south end of Shelburne.

In 2019 and 2020 SEED made international news with the release of “There’s Something in The Water” a documentary by director Elliot Page and Ian Daniel based on the book by Dr. Ingrid R.G. Waldron ‘There’s Something In The Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities’ published in 2018 by Fernwood Publishing. 

In addition to Louise’s work as a member of SEED she was a board member Rural Water Watch and has been a member of the Advisory Council for the Shelburne Regional High School;

She worked as Community Liaison Officer with The Black Loyalist Heritage Society, and as a RCMP Black and Racially Visible Advisory Committee member, The Environmental Noxiousness and Racial Inequalities Community Health (ENRICH) Project facilitator; Community Facilitator Black Women’s Health project for McMaster University National Research Project and Dalhousie University, School of Nursing; and was a member of the Shelburne Community Health Board. Louise is also the co-chair of the African Nova Scotian Community Coalition.

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