Millicent Hall was born in St. Ann, Jamaica. She attended St. Hilda’s High School before moving on to Jamaica Business College. Upon graduation, she worked several jobs in the food industry, including a manager’s job at a restaurant called G’s Place and an assistant manager’s position at Morales Health Food Store.
After some time working in the food industry, Millicent changed career paths and became a postal clerk at the General Post Office in Kingston, Jamaica, where she worked for several years.
In 1972, Millicent moved to Canada, where she would once again work as a postal clerk, in addition to working part-time at an insurance firm and as a cashier in a grocery store. From there, she decided to choose a career where she could help others. She went back to school and took a personal support worker course at Durham College in Oshawa.
In 1978, the same year Millicent became a proud Canadian citizen, she joined the nursing team at Extendicare Guildwood in Scarborough. 40 years later, Millicent continues to work there, also serving as chief steward and on the health and safety / workplace violence committee.
As a dedicated union member, Millicent is a leader, activist, motivator and positive example for her fellow coworkers. She served on SEIU Healthcare’s Human Rights Committee for many years and is a strong supporter for women who have experienced domestic violence.
In the Fall of 2017, Millicent and several of her coworkers ran a feminine hygiene product drive at their workplace. In order to maximize on the amount of donations they collected, they organized a free breakfast to encourage their coworkers to bring in a donation. In the end, they collected over 225 packages and other important items like clothes, pillows, shoes and purses.
As a strong, motivated and proud Black Canadian woman, Black History Month is something that Millicent looks forward to each year.
“Over the years, I have done projects on inspirational people such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks to bring awareness of the struggle that Black people have faced over the years,” said Millicent. “These are trailblazers who fought for freedom, democracy and social justice. I am empowered by their journeys and I try to set my own example in fighting against injustice.”
While Millicent continues to hold onto the Jamaican culture she was brought up in, she also embraces what it means to be Canadian.
“I love being Canadian and living in a free country that allows me to be proud of who I am and what I stand for. This country has given me the freedom to have a voice and use it to make a difference. It is my responsibility to use that opportunity to make the world better for my children and grandchildren.”