The Regional Diversity Roundtable Newsletter
February 2017
In this Issue:
  • MCI Partnership Grant
  • RDR is Hiring!
  • Community Forum
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RDR Awarded MCI Partnership Grant: Building DEI in Leadership

We are excited to announce that RDR was successful in obtaining funding for a 15-month project through the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Partnership grant titled Building DEI in Leadership. The project entails developing and delivering a 4 module DEI training program, including DEI tools, for organizational leaders in the human services sector. We will be implementing the training in five regions across Southern Ontario: Peel, Halton, Hamilton/Wentworth, Durham and Kitchener/Waterloo, which will provide us with the opportunity to connect and partner with organizations in the five identified regions; we are seeking to train at least ten leaders in each of the regions. Moreover, we are developing an online Leadership Hub, which will be an integral part of connecting participating leaders from across the five regions. The online Leadership Hub will allow participants in the program to communicate and share ideas with one another as well as build a community of DEI champions.

In addition, RDR will partner with Social Planning Council (SPC) to develop the Employee Satisfaction Survey (ESS) that will be a crucial new DEI tool that will complement our existing organizational Self-Assessment Tool (SAT), which many of our member organizations are already using. We are also partnering with Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) for this initiative.

This project will not only help us to expand our connections, but it will also allow us to build on our existing training programs and DEI tools, which will enable us to continue to develop and grow the services that we offer to our members and community organizations. Currently, RDR is hiring a Project Lead to manage and implement the project and has placed a RFP for a curriculum developer. While we hire, RDR staff have already started the planning process for the project. Stay tuned as the project develops and unfolds in the next couple of months. If you are interested in participating and/or have any questions please connect with our Program Manager, Reem Attieh,, 905-232-7371.

-The Regional Diversity Roundtable

RDR News

Here We Grow Again!

RDR welcomes Wellfort Community Health Services to the roundtable. Working from a health equity lens and providing community based health services, Wellfort's team is committed to learning from other members at the roundtable. We look forward to not only learn from them but also to engage them with RDR work to build our collective impact in the region.

The RDR membership currently stands at 46 organizations across the human services sector in Peel region.

February Member Meeting

Picking up on current events, themes, and conversations as they happen is a key part of RDR's work. For this reason, we took the opportunity to discuss Canadian Values at our February member meeting. Lead by RDR Program Manager Reem Attieh, members interrogated diversity, equity, and inclusion language and work in the current political context and the impact current socio-political events have on our work in the human services sector. We thank everyone for always creating a safe space for members to dialogue about controversial issues to shift our understandings. 

Next month we welcome Phiona Lloyd-Henry from Peel District School Board to present on their recent We Rise Together report and action plan.

RDR is Hiring!

Diversity & Inclusion Charter of Peel

Community Leadership Program: Calling Comunity Ambassadors

The D&I Charter Community Leadership Program is an in-class training program designed for diverse community members who call Peel Region their home. The program provides participants with a variety of tools and techniques for developing and promoting community dialogue and grassroots action that would foster a more equitable and inclusive region.

Are you passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion? Do you want to make a difference within your community? Do you want to shape the future of an equitable and inclusive Peel Region? We want to hear from you! 

To participate in the D&I Charter Community Leadership Program, individuals must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Resident of Peel Region (Brampton, Caledon, Mississauga)
  • Some knowledge, experience and/or passion for diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Fluency in spoken and written English (knowledge of other languages is an asset)
  • Available to commit approximately 6 hours per month (evenings and/or weekends) for 7 months

More information to come soon! If this opportunity interests you, connect with our Project Lead Amrita Kumar-Ratta.

Community Engagement Forum:  Pathways to Everyday Leadership

You are invited to an evening featuring diverse community members and organizations engaging in meaningful dialogue around inclusive community building. 

Throughout the course of the evening, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how diverse communities define their strengths and challenges

  • Explore community leadership strategies and initiatives

  • Meet Peel Community Champions
This event will feature interactive presentations and activities that are intended to foster discussion about collaborative leadership around the vision and commitments of the Diversity & Inclusion Charter of Peel. 

WHEN: Thursday March 30th, 2017 6-9 PM
WHERE: Mississauga Secondary School (550 Courtneypark Drive West, Mississauga)

*Refreshments will be provided. The evening will begin promptly at 6:00 PM. Registration and refreshments will start at 5:30 PM.

For more information and to register for the event click here. 


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.

Resource Corner

Census - 2016 Census Topic: Population and dwelling counts
February 2017, Statistics Canada

Forum - Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Public Forum Toronto
February 2017, CBC

Blog - Partnering for Population Priorities
February 2017 Peel Counts

Mobile Exhibit - Making the Connections
February 2017, Wellesley Institute

Report - Supportive Housing in Ontario: Estimating the Need
January 2017, Wellesley Institute

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