|MLA for Preston|
|Preceded by||Wayne Adams|
|Succeeded by||David Hendsbee|
Early life and education
Yvonne Atwell was born in East Preston, Nova Scotia in 1943. She left the province seeking work opportunities elsewhere.
She has been the president of the Black United Front and the African Canadian Caucus, a chair of the Indigenous Black and Mi'kmaq Program at Dalhousie University, a member of the Metropolitan Board of Trade's small business committee, and a member of the George Washington Carver Credit Union executive board.
In 1996 she ran unsuccessfully for the leadership of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party. She won a seat in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1998 for the riding of Preston, becoming the first black woman MLA in the province. She lost her seat in the 1999 provincial election.
- Williams, Dawn Who's who in Black Canada 2: Black Success and Black Excellence in Canada : a Contemporary Directory (2006) ISBN 0-9731384-2-4
- Nova Scotia Legislature Hansard, May 26, 1998
- Yvonne Atwell, Women Social Activists of Atlantic Canada, University of New Brunswick
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