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The Regional Diversity Roundtable Newsletter
March 2017
In this Issue:
 
  • #Peel150
  • RDR Conference 2017
  • Building DEI in Leadership
  • Community Ambassadors
 
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Thought from RDR...

Where Are We Headed?

 
              
                   
             
 

RDR board and staff came together on March 19th for an inspiring and invigorating strategic planning session lead by Martha McGuire from McGuire Associates. Board members and staff dialogued on evolving priorities as well as brainstormed an action plan for the next 3 years that really speaks to the current global and local DEI context.

What have we accomplished? What have been some challenges over the years? Are we still driven by our mission? How relevant are our priorities from the previous strategic plan? How can we move the needle on DEI in the region and make a wider and more sustainable impact?  These were just some of the tough questions we reflected and discussed as the day progressed.

While RDR was formed as a collective network in 2005 and became incorporated as a federal charitable entity in 2012, the road to becoming a fully functioning organization with a regional impact that realizes our vision for an inclusive and harmonious Peel community has come with its own successes and challenges. To say things remain ever-changing in the human services sector is an understatement. However, one thing that has remained a constant for RDR is its passionate individuals for whom the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion extends beyond a work commitment. With that we say a HUGE thank you to our board members, Chair, staff, membership, community partners, and community members. It is with everyone's unrelenting passion and commitment to the work that we have been able to grow and create impact for the past 12 years.

As we tighten up our strategic plan and priorities, we invite everyone to check our our Mission, Vision, and Values to learn more about what RDR is. 

-The Regional Diversity Roundtable

RDR News

Here We Grow Again!

 
       

While Brampton Fire and Emergency Services has been involved with RDR for a number of years, the City of Brampton has decided this year to increase their membership to include the entire corporation. We are looking forward to working the City on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they impact the community as well as learning about city building from them. Learn more about The City of Brampton!

Want to know who else is a member? Full membership list can be found on our website.
 

Call for Submissions: Be Part of the Peel150 Story!

        

 

March Member Meeting

 
                                                      

This month we invited Equity Resource Teacher Phiona Lloyd-Henry from the Peel District School Board to share the We Rise Together action plan to support black male students in the school board. Phiona challenged the group to think through how community organizations can hold public organizations accountable and further support the work of the report as it relates to the black community in Peel and continue to be involved in championing equity and inclusion.

Next month we welcome Peel HIV Aids Network to deliver a learning component on the LGBTQ community.  
 

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Diversity & Inclusion Charter of Peel

Pathways to Leadership: A D&I Charter Community Engagement Forum
 



On the evening of Thursday March 30th we held a Community Engagement Forum at Mississauga Secondary School. In addition to having over 60 community members participating in the event (children, youth, adults and seniors alike!), we welcomed Sylvia Cheuy, the Director of Deepening Community at Tamarack Institute as our Keynote Speaker. We also were pleased to have Inga Lubbock from our funder The Ontario Trillium Foundation attend the event and engage in the community conversations. The event also provided an opportunity to recognize our amazing Community Champions.

Throughout the course of the evening, we engaged in the following activities:
 
  • Our D&I Charter team members presented an overview of the Community Engagement and Leadership Initiative
 
  • Our Community Champions facilitated an interactive 'Build your Ideal Community' exercise that all attendees brought a lot of energy and passion to
 
  • Sylvia gave a wonderful Keynote Speech on the power and possibility of diverse and collaborative leadership, which left attendees motivated and inspired to take action on diversity, equity and inclusion issues in Peel

A number of our translated Charters were showcased at this forum and will soon be making all 10 translations available publicly. 

'Pathways to Everyday Leadership' was a very successful community engagement forum! We are in the midst of compiling all of the feedback and action items that came from the evening so that we continue to build the dialogue and action around diversity, equity and inclusion in Peel!




Community Leadership Program: Calling Community Ambassadors


If this opportunity interests you, connect with our Project Lead Amrita Kumar-Ratta

Apply to participate in the program here!
 

Meet our Curriculum Developer: Sarah Lantz



In the coming months, Sarah will be leading the development of our long-awaited Community Leadership Program. Along with her academic training in engineering, adult education and teaching, Sarah is an active community leader and brings a wealth of facilitation and community engagement experience across many subject areas to her role as a Curriculum Developer. We are looking forward to working with her! 
 

3rd Round of Community Consultations in April


Stay tuned for more information around our 3rd round of community consultations.
 

Call for Writers - Insights, the D&I Charter's Community Blog

We are looking for writers for our website! Are you interested in contributing to Insights - the D&I Charter of Peel's community blog? We are seeking individuals interested in writing 500-700 word reflective pieces around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and its connections to the Charter in Peel Region. For more information, please contact the D&I Charter Project Lead Amrita Kumar-Ratta.
 

Building DEI in Leadership

The Project

We are excited to announce that RDR has obtained funding for a 15-month project through the Ontario Ministry Of Citizenship & Immigration Partnership grant titled Building DEI in Leadership. We will be developing and delivering a 4 module DEI training program for organizational leaders in the human services sector across five regions in Southern Ontario: Durham, Halton, Hamilton/Wentworth, Kitchener/Waterloo, and Peel RDR is partnering with The Social Planning Council of Peel and PCHS for this initiative.
 

Meet our New Project Lead: Ghada Khoraych


We are excited to introduce our new Project Lead for the Building DEI in Leadership project - Ghada Khoraych. Ghada joins us from CAMH as a Knowledge Exchange Lead where her portfolio included setting up Service Collaboratives on mental health issues across the GTA. Prior to CAMH, Ghada was a Knowledge Product Developer for Public Health Ontario and Knowledge Exchange Specialist for Cancer Care Ontario. She has a Masters of Science in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto. Ghada brings with her a wealth of experience in engaging organizations, institutions, and systems across the GTA as well as in depth understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion issues impacting both organizations and community members. We look forward to having her take the reigns of this project and using her expertise to inform the implementation of it. 
 

Seeking Organizations to Enroll in the Program

As we develop the training modules, we are looking for organizations in all 5 (Durham, Halton, Hamilton/Wentworth, Kitchener/Waterloo, Peel) regions to take part in this free training program. All tools and materials will be provided. If you or your organization is interested in taking part and are from the human services sector, please get in touch with us!

For more information please connect with our Program Manager, Reem Attieh, reem@regionaldiversityroundtable.org.

Resource Corner

Motion - M103: Systemic racism and religious discrimination
March 2017, Parliament of Canada
 
Motion -  Ontario Anti-Islamaphobia Bill
February 2017, Ontario Legislature
 
Motion - Ontario Introduces Anti-Racism Legislation
March 2017, Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate

Action Plan - Ontario's Black Youth Action Plan
March 2017, Ontario Ministry Children and Youth Services

Strategy - A Better Way Forward: Ontario's 3-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan
March 2017, Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate

Action Plan - It's Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment Progress Update 2016-2017
March 2017, Ontario Women's Directorate
Budget - Canadian Federal budget 2017
March 2017, Government of Canada

 
Episode - Yes, Canada, anti-black racism lives here: journalist
March 2017, CBC

Episode - How to raise a feminist: a manifest by Chimamamnda Ngoze Adichie
March 2017, CBC

 
Report - Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development: A policy and Practice Primer
March 2017, PolicyLink
 
Report - Not on the Menu: Inquiry report on sexual and gender-based dress codes in Ontario's restaurants
March 2017, Ontario Human Rights Commission

 
Submission - Foundations for a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy
March 2017, Maytree 

 
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