Board of Directors

JAMES A. TALBOT

President

James A. Talbot is a retired telecommunications and electronics data transfer technologist for Transport Canada. "Skip" as he is known throughout Canada, is dedicated to advancing equality and cross-cultural understanding. He has served in top executive roles with MAGMA, NBMC, Prude INC., and the Canadian Bar Association. James was also past president for MAGMA and NBMC. 

JOE GEE

Founding Member & Vice President

Joe Gee grew up in Carlingford, a small farming community in northwestern New Brunswick which shares the US/Canada international border with Fort Fairfield, Maine. A lifelong art and history buff, his interest in New Brunswick's Black heritage was piqued when he learned about the Underground Railroad that passed right through his own backyard.

Since 2013, Joe Gee has organized the Tomlinson Lake Hike To Freedom, an annual hiking event that takes place along North America’s northernmost route of the Underground Railroad.  Joe has also extended his research in the search for Black burial sites and has taken part in many historical projects that create awareness of Black history.

RALPH THOMAS 

Founding Member & Projects Coordinator 

Ralph Thomas is a well-known amateur and professional boxer who has been inducted into several Sports Halls of Fame. Ralph spent the better part of 33 years promoting and developing the sport at the amateur level, both in Saint John and throughout the Province. Ralph was the New Brunswick Amateur Association's first President, and served 20 years at the helm of the organization. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Amateur Boxing Association for 28 years. In 1976 Mr. Thomas received the Canadian Amateur Boxing Association's Builder Award in recognition of his contributions at a national level. 
 

Mr. Thomas has been recognized for his qualities as a leader, adviser, negotiator, mentor, role model and motivator. He is known for his positive attitude, quiet strength, speaking with passion and conviction, and leading by example. Ralph is a founding member of the New Brunswick Black History Society and served as a Board Member for various non-profit organizations including the Kings Landing Historical Settlement. Mr. Thomas is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the YMCA Peace Medal and the Toastmasters Communications and Leadership Award.

Since 1997, Mr. Thomas has been president of PRUDE Inc. (Pride of Race, Unity and Dignity through Education), an advocacy and service group for Black, ethnic and newcomer communities in Saint John. He has led PRUDE to expand their mandate by including visible multicultural minorities and newcomers, and to mitigate the barriers faced by women from these communities. He championed an awareness program to challenge Racial and Ethnic stereotypes among youth, and developed partnerships with the Anglophone School District and Multicultural groups. Mr. Thomas was honored in 2012 as a recipient of the New Brunswick Human Rights Award. He is a dedicated individual that is focused on uncovering various aspects of New Brunswick's Black history and sharing it with the province and beyond. Ralph has worked on multiple projects for the NBBHS and never disappoints with his ideas and executions. A recent successful project Ralph worked on was changing the names of certain roads in New Brunswick that held racailly insensitive names. 

DAVID PETERS
Founding Member & Past President

David Peters is one of the co-founding members of PRUDE Inc. (Pride of Race, Unity & Dignity through Education). Professionally, David is a retired teacher and a Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCdC), making him one of the first Black men in Canada to become a registered chef. He has also received a three year business course at Ryerson. David is extremely active and influential in the promotion of Black Loyalist history. He is a 4th degree knight with the Knights of Columbus. 

​DENISE W. NAUFFTS

Executive Treasurer

Denise is one of the founding members of the New Brunswick Black History Society. She has held the position of Executive Treasurer since its incorporation in 2013. Denise brings to her role 14 years of professional accounting and finance experience and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University with concentrations in History and English.

She has always had a particular interest in Black History, making her role with the board all the more satisfying. Denise is delighted to be a part of The New Brunswick Black History Society and looks forward to continuing to raise public awareness and understanding of New Brunswick’s Black community and their history.

DR. NEVILLE SLOANE

Secretary

Dr. Sloane is a co-founding member of the New Brunswick Black History Society (NBBHS). Since 2013 he has served as Secretary and Director of the NBBHS. He served as a member of the management committee and a trustee for the Trans-Atlantic Studies Association from 2008-13. A diplomatic historian by profession, Sloane has lectured in Canada and extensively in Argentina where he developed, for the federally owned Universidad Nacional de Misiones, the course, ‘The Search for Security, 1914-45: Parallels, Perspectives, and Politics’, (‘La Búsqueda de la Securidad, 1914-1945: Paralelos, Perspectivas y Politicas’). Registered Course Identification Number: H.C.D. No 057/11.  

He is also the author of several works, including “Anglo-American Atomic Diplomacy and the Canadian Dimension, 1942-48”, and “Neville Chamberlain, Appeasement, and the Role of the British Dominions”.

At present, Dr. Sloane serves as the secretary of the parish advisory committee and is also a member of the vestry committee for the Anglican parishes of St. Mary’s and St. Alban’s in Hillsborough-Riverside, New Brunswick, Canada.

HEATHER HASTINGS

Officer

BIANCA LANGILLE

Officer

Saint John-native and Miramichi-area resident Bianca Langille is actively engaged with multiculturalism and historical research throughout the province. She is currently the emergency management coordinator for the North Shore Micmac District Council. Bianca believes there is value in sharing history, traditional knowledge, and local knowledge, as well as developing community-based relationships. Her goal is to positively impact how we share the history of all New Brunswickers. 

PETER LAROCQUE

Officer

Peter J. Larocque [B.F.A. (cum laude), Mount Allison University, 1983; Dip. Ed., McGill University, 1987; M.A. (History), University of New Brunswick, 1996] has worked at the New Brunswick Museum in a curatorial capacity since 1988.  He is currently a PhD candidate in History at the University of New Brunswick.  In June 2014, he was designated a Fellow of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design as well as an honorary member of the New Brunswick Historical Society.  Responsible for the New Brunswick cultural history and art collections, his areas of concentration include New Brunswick fine and decorative art.  In addition to providing public lectures on various aspects of the collections, he has worked on a number of exhibitions and publication activities.

PETER LITTLE

Officer

Saint John-native Peter Little is a retired senior production planner for Irving Oil, freelance writer and historian. Little has authored three books, including "Abraham Beverley Walker: Lawyer, Lecturer, Activist", a biography of Canada's first Black lawyer. In addition, his writing has been featured in such publications as The New Brunswick Reader, The Fredericton Region Museum's Officers' Quarters and Generations, the journal of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, Inc.

Currently, Little is compiling the Black census of New Brunswick, which will include the names of all the province's Black residents from 1824 to 1921.

GREG MARQUIS

Officer

Greg Marquis is a professor of Canadian history in the Department of History and Politics at the University of New Brunswick Saint John. He holds degrees from St. Francis Xavier University, the University of New Brunswick and Queen's University. He taught at several universities across Canada before arriving in Saint John in 1999. He has published two books and a number of articles on Canadian history. His current research interests include the history of policing and the history of drugs and alcohol. A member of the boards of the New Brunswick Historical Society and the Atlantic Coastal Action Plan Saint John, he is a resident of Quispamsis, New Brunswick.

MARY LOUISE McCARTHY

Officer

Mary Louise McCarthy is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Department of Social Justice at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She currently lives and works in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Her doctoral research focuses on uncovering the stories, bonds, and relationships between the early African settlers of New Brunswick, focusing specifically on spiritually and death. Mary is researching five graveyards in New Brunswick which show evidence of segregation in death.

GRAHAM NICKERSON

Officer

PARYSE SUDDITH

Officer

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