Horace Goddard

Dr. Horace Goddard

Director, Community Services, English Montreal School Board, QC. Born: Barbados.

Dr. Horace Goddard is an educator and writer. Since 1995, he has been the Director of Community Services with the English Montreal School Board. Trained in education, he taught elementary and high school in Montreal (1977-87), was Vice-Principal of LaSalle High School (1987-90), Principal of Parkdale School (1990-93), then from 1993-1995, was Coordinator of Personnel Services.

Dr. Goddard is also active in the community and involved in a number of organizations including Black Community Resource Centre; Quebec Board of Black Educators (QBBE); National Council of Black Educators; Canadian Association of Commonwealth Language and Literary Studies. As a writer, his works include poetry, fiction and children’s stories.

Community: Patron to students in an orphanage in Kenya, supporting them through their high school years.

Honours: Honoured by the Université de Montréal for outstanding academic achievement and community contributions (2009); inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006); Black History Month Calendar (2000); award, contribution to education, Quebec Board of Black Educators (1996); Medal of Appreciation, Boys & Girls Club (1987).

Works: Books: The Journey Home (forthcoming, 2011); The Long Drums: The Awakening and Song of the Antilles (poetry); Child of the Jaguar Spirit (novel, 2010); Paradise Revisited (1997); A Common Tongue: Interviews with Cecil Abrahams; Rastaman, Poems for Leonta (1982); works in anthologies & magazines (KOLA, Caribe).

Education: PhD (1985); Master of Arts, Université de Montréal; Master of Education (1988); Diploma of  Education, McGill University (1977); BA/Hons, Concordia University (1975).

Favourite book? The Holy Bible. It provides us with a blueprint for living a God-centred life.

Favourite quote? “Women made the tribe / Gave them songs to sing / Gave them pride.”

Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Write books to the glory of the creator.

Who or what inspires you? God and His creation.

Why do you do what you do? I think God put us on this earth to love Him and love our neighbour as ourselves.