Winds of Change: Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck

April 29, 2014|
Winds of Change: Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck by Lindsay Ruck
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Calvin Woodrow Ruck, born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, to Bajan immigrants, saw roadblocks not as barriers, but as hurdles that he would eventually leap over. 

From working in the steel plant and as a sleeping car porter to being awarded the Order of Canada and appointed to the Senate of Canada, Calvin worked diligently to ensure that his children, and his children’s children, wouldn’t have to go through the same things he went through. Although he was turned away from many opportunities, he was determined to provide for his family and took on a heavy workload in the Halifax community.

While Calvin lived in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, the areas of North and East Preston, Lake Loon and Cherrybrook held a special place in his heart. Through his work as a social development officer and as someone who was the leading voice of many equality issues, Calvin’s name became very familiar to the people of Nova Scotia. But his upfront opinions also brought adversaries, leading to hate mail and threatening phone calls from those who were opposed to any improvements for the minority race. Despite the consequences, Calvin wanted to ensure that people of all races had as many opportunities as possible. His efforts were the beginning of a major movement for Black employment in the Nova Scotian community.

While Calvin was constantly looking ahead and striving for change, he also felt deeply connected to the past. As an historian, Calvin had a passion for digging up the untold stories of history and prompting discussion on otherwise muted racial issues. One of his proudest accomplishments was unlocking one of the military’s “best kept secrets” – the No. 2 Black Construction Battalion. His first book gained national attention and, to this day, hundreds gather every year to honour and celebrate the men who were brought back to life in the pages of Calvin’s book.

Winds of Change not only depicts one man’s life, but also gives a message of hope and possibility. Although he moved to Ottawa, and crossed paths with many greats, he never lost sight of his purpose and his past. He represented the Nova Scotian people wherever he went, and he did it with pride. He was a father, a husband, an ambassador, a social worker, an author and a senator. He never backed down from adversity and always did everything with a purpose and a goal.

This story is thought-provoking, inspirational and heartbreaking. It offers hope to those who may feel like there’s no way out and challenges those who are comfortable with the status quo. As Calvin demonstrated, things don’t always have to stay the same and no one, regardless of race, must ever be denied their human rights. Through his tireless efforts, dedication and sacrifice, he initiated a significant racial and social transformation in Nova Scotia and, as part of his legacy, the winds of change continue to blow across the province and the nation.

Title:Winds of Change: Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck
Product dimensions:96 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:96 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Published:April 29, 2014
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781897426579

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