“Over the years, I had the pleasure of knowing some very good police officers within the Halifax Regional Municipality.” A quick note by Raymond Sheppard.

Raymond Sheppard explains why Nhlanhla Dlamini is his nomination for person of the year. “He has shown courage in the face of adversity, he tries at all costs to avoid confrontation, and he has spoken truth to power and privilege. He is a silence breaker while sending a clear message. He is gentle, loving, caring and respecting. As a young man he has become a role model to other young people and to those not so young.

“Like in law enforcement, criminal justice, housing, employment, education racism also plays a role in the healthcare system. How could it not be,” writes Raymond Sheppard. “To address disparities in healthcare, those involved in the delivery of healthcare must first acknowledge that discrimination and anti-Black racism in the system are real.”