No Bootstraps When You’re Barefoot

No Bootstraps When You’re Barefoot

By Wes Hall

Publisher's Notes

Wes Hall spent his early childhood in a zinc-roofed shack, one of several children supported by his grandmother. That was paradise compared to the two years he lived with his verbally abusive and violent mother; at thirteen, his mother threw him out, and he had to live by his wits for the next three years. At sixteen, Wes came to Canada, sponsored by a father he'd only seen a few times as a child, and by the time he was eighteen, he was out of his father's house, once more on his own. Yet Wes Hall went on to become a major entrepreneur, business leader, philanthropist, and change-maker, working his way up from a humble position in a law firm mailroom by way of his intelligence, his curiosity, and his ability to see opportunities that other people don't.

When people expected his thick Jamaican accent, lack of money and education, not to mention the colour of his skin, to shut down his future, Wes was not to be stopped. He is still overturning expectations to this day. Well aware of racism and injustice, his lack of privilege and the other roadblocks to his success, Wes has always believed that he can walk along any cliff edge without falling. His book teases out and shows how he fostered that resolve in himself, exploring his childhood and the milestone successes and failures of his career in order to share not only how he stopped himself from falling, but survived and thrived, and then dedicated himself to bringing his family and his community along with him.

Now, with the founding of the BlackNorth Initiative, Wes takes aim at ending systemic anti-Black racism. It's a huge goal, but one he's tackling with heart, soul, smarts, and every connection he's made in an extraordinary career that's taken him to the centre of the Canadian establishment. Throughout his life he's resisted sinking into despair or getting lost in anger; now he wants to tell truth to power and pave a path forward.

Kym Snarr with her book choice: No Bootstraps When You're Barefoot

The Reader/Champion

Kym Snarr will read No Bootstraps When You’re Barefoot. She is an Organic Inspector, which takes her many places but it's her love of nature that feeds her need to travel. Kym will represent Grey Highlands.


The current day life story of Wes Hall follows the timeline of his life. Wes Hall who became and is now a leading entrepreneur, business leader, and a driving force of change. He is also black, raised in poverty in Jamaica, and for much of his life, lived with abuse. This did not sink him into despair. Rather, the intelligence of Wes Hall found opportunities where there seem to be none. Regardless of the colour of his skin, his Jamaican accent, his lack of money and education, he became a game changer in a number of business institutions.

This book weaves the events of his childhood in Jamaica to his coming to Canada as a sixteen year old to live with his biological father and illuminates the successes and failures in his life; showing the events and systemic racism he faced along the way.

This book is relevant to those who want to understand systemic racism, how to face personal and career challenges and how to turn these into triumphs. Share in seeing how Wes Hall brings support to his community via the BlackNorth initiative. Wes Hall is an exciting writer who brings to life his difficult life story and how to be a changer within systemic racism.

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