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The Regional Diversity Roundtable Newsletter
December 2016
In this Issue:
 
  • Happy Holidays
  • Office Closure
  • Poverty in Peel
 
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As the new year approaches on our calendars we begin to frantically wonder where the last year went while also feeling excited for the holiday season and the refreshing start a brand new year brings. While December has multiple holidays that hold different significances for diverse communities, for most the holiday season is about celebrating successes, spending time with loved ones, and taking a much needed break from life's daily routines.

Whether you are curling up on the couch to binge watch your favourite movies, planning a big get-together with your loved ones as it is one of the only times in the year everyone is off, or taking the time to self-reflect, whatever it is you are doing this holiday season, we
encourage everyone to practice self-care for the mind, body, and soul, spread positive energy and joy, and express gratitude for what they have.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion work is difficult, taxing, and often we are stuck in this paradox of '4 steps foward and 3 steps backwords'. Refreshing ourselves during this holiday season will prepare us all to continue the much needed DEI work in 2017 in a more innovative, collaborative, and deeper manner. 

RDR board and staff wish you all a very Happy Holiday season and we look forward to connecting with everyone in the new year!

-The Regional Diversity Roundtable

RDR News

Office Closure

 
The RDR office will be closed December 24, 2016 to January 1, 2017. Regular office hours will resume January 2, 2017. All e-mails and voicemails will be responded to after January 2nd. 
 

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Diversity & Inclusion Charter of Peel

An Update on Community Consultations

The D&I Charter of Peel project team has been incredibly busy this Fall engaging with diverse community members at our community consultations. Since September, we have hosted 23 community consultations with the Tamil, Arab, Latin-American, Punjabi, Urdu-speaking, Chinese, Filipino, Hindi-speaking, Gujarati, Polish, African and Caribbean communities, as well as Persons with Disabilities.

We successfully engaged community members in two rounds of consultations. During the first round of consultations, we asked community members about their access to resources in Peel, how important their first language is to them, and their overall experience of living in Peel region. As a part of the Community Engagement and Leadership Initiative, we are working hard to make the Charter available to the 12 communities we have chosen to work with. As such, during the second round of consultations, we took the first draft of the translated versions of the D&I Charter, and asked for the community's feedback on it. On December 8th, we successfully finished the second round of consultations!  We thank all of our Community Champions and community residents who assisted with consultations, who reached out to their networks, and who participated in sessions. 

In the new year we will be hosting our third and final round of consultations to discuss strategies on how residents can collaboratively and cross-culturally engage in community development in effort to create a stronger and more inclusive region. Please stay tuned for more information about these consultations!  If you would like to get in touch with us regarding how you can be engaged in the project in the new year, contact our Community Outreach Coordinator Anam Ansari.  

The D&I Charter in the New Year

The Community Engagement and Leadership Initiative has a lot on the go for the new year. Stay tuned for our upcoming Community Forum where we will be bringing diverse communities together to discuss leadership strategies around the vision and commitments of the D&I Charter. If you have been involved with the project in any capacity since its inception in 2013, we invite you to be a part of this conversation! Organizational stakeholders are encouraged to attend. More details to follow in the new year.

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

Report - A Profile of Wellbeing in Ontario: North, West, East, and Central regions, and for the City of Toronto
December 2016, Ontario Trillium Foundation
 
Report - Working Without a Net: Rethinking Canada's social policy in the new age of work
December 2016, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

 
Report - Child care for all of us: Universal Child care for Canadians by 2020
December 2016, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

 
Report - Welfare in Canada 2015
November 2016, Canada Social Report




 
Report - The Cost of Poverty in Toronto
November 2016, Social Planning Council Toronto



 
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