Dwayne Provo

Dwayne Provo was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs in October 2021.


Dwayne has a background in education and was a provincial regional education officer, advising government on issues affecting African Nova Scotian students. He has also worked as a provincial school health coordinator and executive director of the Black Educators Association of Nova Scotia.

Dwayne has served on national and international education committees, including with the World Health Organization, International School Health Network, Canadian Teachers Federation and National Alliance of Black School Educators. He has a Master of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University, a Bachelor of Education from Saint Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Physical Education from Dalhousie University.

Current role

Associate Deputy Minister, African Nova Scotian Affairs

The Associate Deputy Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs helps manage day-to-day operations and helps implement policies and decisions.

Responsibilities include:

  • developing partnerships with African Nova Scotian organizations and communities throughout the province
  • helping African Nova Scotian communities access government services and programs
  • supporting African Nova Scotian communities and their interests within government
  • working with partners and federal, provincial and municipal government to support African Nova Scotian communities
  • advising the minister and deputy minister

Previous roles

  • Provincial Regional Educational Officer, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • School Health Coordinator, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Department of Health Promotion and Protection
  • Executive Director, Black Educators Association