The Regional Diversity Roundtable Newsletter: April 2016
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Lessons Learned in the Non-Profit Sector: Investing in Growth or Maintaining Status Quo? 
This past month, the RDR completed two key grants: Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) 3-year grant and the Region of Peel's (ROP) Collaboration 18 month grant. The OTF grant was key in building organizational strength, the RDR transitioned from a collective model to that of an incorporated non-profit charitable status entity, and scaling up of RDR's DEI initiatives such as its Tough Question Cafes, annual conference, and DEI resource development. The ROP grant allowed us to build momentum around the Charter initiative for deeper implementation in organizations. Both grants were key in ensuring RDR's DEI work continued consistently as we are a small non-profit with limited resources - 2 staff and a committed operational board of 10 - but with a widespread reach in the region and beyond. In other words, impact of funding has been quite significant for us.

As we take this time to reflect on the past 3 years successes and challenges (submit final reports to funders), we are taking stock of the many lessons learned. While there were many of both 'we could have done this better' and 'this worked so well', one that really sticks out for us is that organizational growth is difficult when there is a constant battle between investing in growth and maintaining the status quo. This battle was especially heightened for the RDR as there was a pressing need in the community for us to do more, to do it bigger, and to do it better. However, to do more, to do it bigger, and to do it better we need to build our capacity which requires MORE time, money, and expertise, outside of project-based funding. Non-project based funding allows for investment in 'non-sexy' costs such as space, staff, and administration. We all know the need for more varied resources has become a reiterative argument in the non-profit sector as resources dwindle and needs grow. It is within this paradox that maintaining the status quo then becomes the rational and safe choice.

So what is the move forward? It's hard to define or prescribe how to resolve this paradox, especially since the non-profit sector in Peel consists of a large variety of organizations and funders in the region are attempting to address the issue through new streams and processes.

In the context of the RDR, we are still trying to figure it out. We want to ensure we achieve a healthy balance between investing in our growth to do MORE and remaining practical. What we can say is that patience, time, and strong community networks are required as they help you persevere and keep you moving forward during the growing pains.

Have you experienced this battle in your organization? If so, we'd love to hear from you! Please connect with us and share your stories and promising practices.  
-The Regional Diversity Roundtable

RDR News

RDR Completes 3 Year Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant on a High Note!

In 2012 RDR was awarded with a 3 year grant from OTF to develop a storehouse of effective policies and practices, host conferences and events on non-traditional DEI issues, and provide professional development opportunities. As a result of the grant, the RDR is successfully establishing itself as a strong backbone support organization for Peel region's DEI needs across organizations and communities. The project based funding has allowed the RDR to strengthen both its organizational administration and external DEI initiatives and projects. Check out some of our key achievements over the past 3 years below!

RDR by the Numbers:

Thank you to our committed RDR Chair, Board Members, staff, RDR membership, community partners, community members, and funders from Peel and beyond for supporting our work through these past couple of years. Currently, RDR is at an exciting moment in its history and we look forward to investing in the growth of our organization to deepen DEI work in the region. 
Thank you For Participating in RDR's OTF Evaluation!

Last month McGuire & Associates took on the evaluation of the RDR's OTF grant through a comprehensive document review, informant interviews, and participant survey. We are happy to announce that our evaluation is complete! Thank you to everyone who participated. Your feedback was critical for the evaluation and will inform the way in which the RDR will move forward with it's deliverables, projects, and resulting activities. An executive summary of the evaluation will be made available to the public next month.
Here We Grow Again

The RDR would like to welcome PLASP Child Care Services as the newest members of the roundtable. Established in 1975, PLASP is a non-profit community-based, charitable organization that provides care and early learning to 12 581 children from 9 689 families annually with 1300 employees. PLASP programs are located in 208 schools throughout Peel and Toronto and it operates 22 early learning and child care centres. We are excited to have their voice as a leading child care service organization at the roundtable. To learn more about their programs visit their website!



Diversity & Inclusion Charter of Peel

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

We are looking for writers for our new 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 at 


The D&I Charter of Peel New Resources!

The DEI Organizational Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) 

The D&I Charter Backgrounder and Guidelines (2016)

Practice Brief Compilation

We encourage you to check out our brand new D&I Charter website for more tools and resources!

The Charter in the Community

This month we represented the D&I Charter Initiative at the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board Equity Conference - OpportUNITY. It was a great way to share the Charter within the school community as well as to see RDR's member organization's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

On April 5th, 2016, the D&I Charter Project Lead was invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Credit River Métis Council (CRMC) and give a presentation on the Council's many contributions to the Initiative over the past year. The Council was presented with a certificate of appreciation afterwards. Thank you, CRMC, for your ongoing commitment to increasing equity and inclusiveness in Peel Region.


Resource Corner

Online Portal - eXchange: Connecting Shared Knowledge to Youth Work

Policy - Policy Position on Gender Specific Dress Codes
March 2016, Ontario Human Rights Commission 

Report - Private Sector Rental Housing In Greater Toronto: Towards a Research Agenda
March 2016, Social Planning Council of Toronto

Report - Beyond Measure? The State of Evaluation and Action in Ontario's Youth Sector
March 2016, YouthREX

Webinar - Measuring Diversity with a Scorecard
May 18 and 26, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion


Community Events

Research - Soft Skills Project 
Peel Newcomer Strategy Group


Research - Lived Experiences of Immigrants in Peel 
Peel Newcomer Strategy Group


Meetup - Queer and Trans BIPOC Mississauga 
April 21

Given the serious lack in spaces for queer and trans Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) folks in Peel (something we know personally and have heard too many times to count), this is a community-driven monthly informal meetup hosted on the third Thursday of every month in central Mississauga. 

In the first three months, we have received many messages/texts/emails from interested folks and have had 7-10 people attend each month. We hung out, ate and got to know each other a bit better. We hope to see some additional folks this month :)

Who is this space for?
-folks who identify as part of LGBTTIQQ2SA communities
-folks who identify as Black, Indigenous or a person of colour

Where are we meeting this month?
We'll be meeting in an accessible location in central Mississauga (close to the Mississauga Central Library near Square One Bus Terminal). For safety, we aren't listing the location here, but ask that folks get in touch with us directly (see details below).

What do we do at the meetup?
We talk, laugh, vent and get to know each other. Depending on interest, we might plan more structured meetups in the future.

Who are we?
Berkha is a genderqueer (masculine of centre) south asian that has lived, worked, studied in Peel. arv grew up in Mississauga, and identifies as a queer diasporic sometimes-femme. We have both spent a lot of time and energy in queer and trans community spaces, including lots of work to create space in Peel specifically. We aren't experts, holders of all knowledge, professionals or connected to all the people. We are unaffiliated. 

How to get in touch?
If you'd like to attend* or want more info, feel free to get in touch with us by:
Posting on the event wall
Facebook: direct messaging Berkha Gupta
Phone (text only): (416) 993-4221
*If this is your first time getting in touch with us, it would be great if you could briefly introduce yourself (whatever feels comfortable for you) and let us know what your access needs are.

Meeting Dates: 
- April 21st 6:00pm - 8:30pm
- May 19th 6:00pm - 8:30pm
- June 16th 6:00pm - 8:30pm
- July 21st 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Note: We are not affiliated with any organizations or groups in Peel and are interested in bringing people together and as more folks join to determine together what/how we'd like to meet. Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) has agreed to offer some funds to support the ability for us to rent space (so its more private) and buy some snacks.


Event - National Canadian Film Day 2016
April 20, Brampton Library


Conference - Social Innovation Summit 2016
May 3, Centennial College


Consultation - Youth Homelessness
June 1, Peel Children and Youth Initiative


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