Regional Diversity Roundtable Newsletter: April 2015
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A Thought from RDR 

This month at RDR we have been thinking a lot about how we create and support impactful diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work in Peel Region. So far, we have developed and consulted the community on our organizational Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) that is intended to support the implementation of DEI in public and not-for-profit sector organizations in addition to serving as a measure of progress across all sectors in Peel around the D&I Charter commitments.
At this moment, we'd like to share some reflections about our approach to the collective practice of DEI. Both RDR and the D&I Charter Initiative believe in the transformational power of the community to share knowledge and create collective change. We also recognize that DEI practice is broadly defined by organizations that operate in various contexts, and under varying constraints. That is to say, every committed organization is on a unique journey towards institutionalizing greater diversity, equity and inclusion.  Together, we can deepen the practice and strengthen the regional impact.
Moving forward, let us think about DEI practice as made of several different building blocks -strategic plans, equity audits, leadership structures, human resources  development, programming and policies to name a few. While the blocks themselves are essential to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization, the shape, colour and texture that these blocks take can vary across contexts, sectors, particular issues and frameworks. Acknowledging the multiple layers and responding to the complexity of DEI is key to creating sustainable collective impact. 

We look forward to continuing to support our members and community partners on the journey towards towards organizational change. 


-The Regional Diversity Roundtable


RDR News

Tough Questions Cafe 


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Regional Youth Roundtable 

RDR attended and presented at Regional Youth Roundtable's community consultation with newcomer youth in Peel Region. It was inspirational to hear newcomer youth experiences and stories of settling in Canada - their observations and insights spoke to a different side of immigration and settlement. We applaud the team at Regional Youth Roundtable and their Youth leadership for providing spaces and opportunities, like this consultation, for newcomer youth to engage in! Thank you for moving diversity, equity and inclusion work forward! For more information on RYR initiatives visit their website

Thank you for the opportunity RYR!

Contact: Veronica Tang -


Diversity & Inclusion Charter of Peel

D&I Charter of Peel Community Forum: Assessment Tool Consultation

Last week, on Wednesday April 8th, we held our second community forum at Catholic Family Services of Peel Dufferin (CFSPD). The objective was to introduce our members and our community partners to our draft Organizational Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) and to gather feedback on its continued development.  The meeting was attended by over 30 organizations and was facilitated by our wonderful project evaluators at Taylor Newberry Consulting. 

We are now in the process of reviewing all the collected feedback and will be developing our SAT to further meet the needs of our dynamic community! A reminder to all who attended the forum to please fill out a quick survey if you have not already submitted your feedback.

We will be posting pictures from the event soon! For those who were unable to attend, you can follow the conversations on Twitter here:

#equityinpeel                                                          #communityforum

Exciting DI Charter News!

This month, we received an official endorsement from Studio 89 – a Mississauga based youth-led social enterprise.   We are pleased to welcome them to our community of D&I Charter endorsers!

On April 29th we will be making a presentation to the Peel Francophone Steering Committee – Le Comité Francophone Familles de Peel!

On May 26th we will be delegating at the Caledon Town Hall as part of our ongoing efforts to strengthen our partnerships with the three cities in the Region of Peel!

Thanks to all who continue to support Phase Two of the Project!


Resource Corner

Report - Voices: A Study of Youth in Peel

March 2015, Peel Children and Youth Initative

Report - Getting it Right: What Does the Right to Health Mean for Canadians

March 2015, Wellesley Institute 


Webinar - Reframing How We Work with Youth

April 14, 2015 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm 

The YouthREX team would like to invite you to join them as they host their first webinar on Positive Youth Development (PYD)! Featuring Patricia Howell-Blackmore, Lions Quest Canada and Bonnie Harkness, 360 Kids, this webinar will explore all things PYD, including an overview of the framework, what PYD philosophy entails, and potential strategies for how you can intentionally integrate PYD into your approach to working with youth - whether as frontline staff or a program administrator. Examples from Canadian communities and agencies will be included in this interactive webinar. 

Register Here


Workshop - Aboriginal Workplace Inclusion

April 14, 2015 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
April 30, 2015 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Workshop - Legal Education Workshop

Webinar - Canadian Public Policy

Imagine Canada, CEGN, Sustainability Network

April 15, 2015 |1:00pm - 2:00pm EST 

As the national umbrella organization for Canadian charities, Imagine Canada believes that public policy decision-making is better when charities are at the table. This one hour webinar will explain what you need to know about:

- political activities reporting
- the federal lobbyist registration
- engagement in the 2015 federal election

The presentation will feature Dr. Michelle Gauthier, VP, Public Policy and Community Engagement, and Bill Schaper, Director of Public Policy and Community Engagement.

Spaces are limited, so register today!


Community Events

Exhibit - Celebrate Sikh Heritage Month 

April 2015 | PAMA

The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) launches its newest community collaboration for the month of April.  All PAMA visitors can enjoy FREE general admission in April courtesy of The Sikh Foundation of Canada. Connect with your neighbours this April and experience The Spirit of the Sikhs through art and history exhibitions, performances and interactive demonstrations. PAMA will host an entire month of special events and activities for the entire community to take part in!

Click here for more information!


Forum - How Will 'Zero Tolerance' Impact Women? 

April 15, 2015 |1:00pm - 4:00pm | Friend's Meeting House, 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto ON 

This forum focuses on the practical implications of the proposed Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act (Bill S-7)

Register: online through Eventbrite

More information: phone 416-392-9138 | email

On April 15, METRAC is hosting a forum geared towards service providers, to discuss the various provisions of the Bill and to work through the potential impact it will have on women, if it becomes law. This interactive forum will engage service providers and draw on their experience working with vulnerable women. We will provide an explanation of the proposed changes in law. Then participants will break into groups and explore different fact scenarios to navigate through under the scheme proposed in Bill S-7. We expect that front line knowledge of service providers will highlight practical concerns with the many elements of the Bill, affecting immigration, forced marriage and the criminalization of complex family-related issues. A panel discussion with legal experts on immigration and criminal law will follow, focussing on the impact on women.

Come learn more about the controversial proposed changes in law from legal staff at the Community Justice Program at METRAC, practicing lawyers and academics.


Festival - Peel Student Film Festival

Event - Five Good Ideas About How to Use, Share and Contribute to Open Data

April 22, 2015 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm | St. Michael's College, Elmsley Hall

In this Five Good Ideas session, Harvey Low will provide ideas on how the nonprofit sector can communicate its priorities to government, in particular local municipalities, around what types of data it needs. At the same time he will suggest ways that the sector can position itself as a source of open data to support public policy. Harvey calls it the new frontier of open data: The ways in which local municipalities and nonprofit organizations can work together towards innovation and mutual social policy goals.

Register Here


Campaign - #CurateAGM

February 26 - April 12 | AGM

The AGM is launching a campaign called #CurateAGM where they are inviting the public to select works from their permanent art collection for an upcoming exhibition.They'd love to hear what your favourites are! Everything from Norval Morrisseau to established Mississauga legends and all of our GTA favourites. Check it out!

You can vote at this link or on their Facebook album here.

All comments, ideas and thoughts will be posted in the exhibition and all contributors listed as curators to the final selections. 


Conference - Diversity and Equity in Mental Health and Addictions Conference 2015

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