The Faces behind the Black Ice Society

On May 27, 2009, the Black Ice Hockey & Sports Hall of Fame Society (BIS) was incorporated in the Province of Nova Scotia. Get to know a little more about past and present members of the board…

Board of Directors


Olive Jackson

Olive Jackson Memoriam Photo
We pay tribute to Black Ice Society co-founder the late OLIVE JACKSON. Olive was a direct descendent of the members of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes and showed true grit and passion during her tenure with the Black Ice Society. We are forever indebted to her.

Olive Jackson retired in 2006 as a Real Estate Advisor, having spent her last 25 working years with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). Olive was an active advocate for change in her workplace and community environment – spending many hours on employment equity issues. She was a dedicated Public Service Alliance for Canada (PSAC) member where she was a member of the Anti-Racism Committee, the Regional Women’s Committee, and the National Equal Opportunities Committee. She was PWGSC’s Atlantic representative on their national Employment Equity Committee, as well as being a member of the National Council for Visible Minorities.

Olive was very active in her workplace charity committee, where she spent countless hours collecting money and Christmas shopping for needy families. She received the Realty Excellence Award. Olive has received several awards for her dedication to employment equity, such as PWGSC’s Minister and Deputy Minister Employment Equity Awards for exemplary services to EE initiatives. PWGSC also recommended Olive for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, which she received in 2003. Her father, James A. Clyke, and uncles George, Alexander, Edward, Ansel, and William were members of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, having played for the Truro Victorias and the Truro Sheiks Hockey teams. She was a Founder of the Black Ice Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame Society. Olive served on the Executive Board of SONAHHR CANADA since 2006.

From 2006-2008 she served on the Halifax Planning Committee for the Black Ice Hockey And Sports Hall Of Fame and Conference overseeing all aspects of the annual Black Ice Hockey And Sports Hall of Fame Conference. She received the 2010 Volunteer award from the city of Halifax, presented by Mayor Peter Kelly. Olive was awarded the Black Cultural Centre’s Rev. WP Oliver Award, posthumously, as recommended by her peers. May she rest in peace.