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We are calling for applications for the 2013 DiverseCity Fellows program. Apply now if you want to work with others on a city-building project, connect with a wide range of civic leaders, and strengthen your teamwork and leadership skills.
Want to learn more about CivicAction’s DiverseCity Fellows program and Emerging Leaders Network? Join us for an orientation webinar on Thursday, July 27 from 12:00-1:00PM. Register online.
Fellows bring their own perspectives to the program, and each takes away something different!
Hear from some of the 2012 DiverseCity Fellows about their experience:
Diane Saldanha, Marketing Manager, AstraZeneca, and Co-Chair of the Young Leaders Council of the United Way of Peel
“The Fellows program has provided me with a better understanding of different leadership styles, the importance of collaboration and the value of multiple and diverse perspectives. Visiting different venues in the GTA where work is being done to improve the region, and having the opportunity to discuss issues with civic leaders and grassroots community members was extremely valuable. I’m now better able to evaluate situations, share ideas, and take action.”
Brent Chamberlain, Executive Director, Pride At Work Canada
“After participating in the DiverseCity Fellows program, I now feel part of the city-building process in the GTHA. It has given me the experience and tools necessary to connect with and influence leaders in areas that I feel passionate about, and being part of a dynamic project team – with leaders from the private, public and non-profit sectors – provided invaluable career experience.”
Seema Jethalal, Managing Director, DANIELS SPECTRUM: A cultural hub in Regent Park
“I appreciated the opportunity to connect to organizations and leaders across sectors who are committed to leveraging the Toronto region’s diversity to create profound change. Working in the arts and the non-profit sectors, I often have my blinders on; building bridges and friendships with a diverse group of people was critical in helping me move towards a collective impact methodology in my everyday life.”
Kellie Sauriol, Regional Vice President, RBC
“I thoroughly enjoyed the program and gained a much deeper understanding of the complex issues we face as a region, as well as what role I can play to help.”
Orlando Bowen, Executive Director, One Voice One Team
“After being in the DiverseCity Fellows program, my network has increased exponentially. I’ve had the opportunity to meet many brilliant and committed individuals from across various sectors. Throughout the program, we were connected with movers and shakers from across the region, each with their unique perspectives and journeys. It has been a powerful ride to date and the most beautiful thought is knowing that “we’ve only just begun.” Thank you Civic Action for your leadership in undertaking such a noble, noteworthy and transformative initiative.”
Who should apply?
This fellowship is for high-performing rising leaders from all backgrounds living in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area and working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Applicants should have at least 5-10 years of demonstrated leadership experience in a professional or volunteer environment.
On June 19, the 2013 Diversity in Governance Awards are honouring public and nonprofit sector agencies, boards, and commissions for leadership in embracing diversity at the highest level of their organizations. These organizations go beyond mere words, but live diversity throughout their organizations.
Recognition is a critical component of DiverseCity onBoard. It is a powerful tool on many fronts:
Change is difficult. It’s a journey that sends an extremely powerful message to every level of the organization, its clients, stakeholders, and community by giving a sense of pride and motivation to keep going.
Cathy Winter, Project Leader of DiverseCity onBoard at Maytree, reflects on why the Diversity in Governance Awards are essential to growing leadership diversity in the Greater Toronto Area.
Providing civic literacy education has been information for the community, but equally important has been providing it in languages community members speak. It should be taught the way that the three Rs are taught, it’s that important. “It’s like learning a skill that will help them in their day to day survival.
As we originally conceived of a train-the-trainer program for Building Blocks that would reach hundreds across the Greater Toronto Area with a civic literacy curriculum, Public Interest became a natural partner.
Alan Broadbent opened the conference with some words of reflection and inspiration, reminding us why we do this important work. At the end of the event, Ratna Omidvar summed up the afternoon, noting five key themes that emerged. Read/watch their presentations.
CollaborAction: Building Blocks Learning Exchange is happening on Wednesday! We couldn’t be happier with the interest and excitement. The conference is full. But there are still ways you can participate.
We’re little more than a week away from our CollaborAction conference and we’re getting excited! I thought I’d give you some more insight into what we’re reading, leading up to the conference.
This year, the second Intercultural Innovation Awards were held in Vienna where DiverseCity onBoard Project Leader Cathy Winter presented on the impact of receiving an award that catapulted the GTA-based project into an international movement. In this video, Cathy Winter speaks about DiverseCity onBoard’s journey to becoming a “community of practice” as well as exciting plans for year two of the replication process.
As a corporate lawyer at Bennett Jones, Rebecca Huang provides her clients with excellent services on a wide variety of corporate legal matters. She also believes strongly in using her experience and skills in public service and making a contribution to her new community.
We’re excited about our upcoming CollaborAction conference and hope you’ll be able to join us. We’ll have lots to share on the day of, and post-event. As we gear up for the day, we wanted to share some of the things we’re following that are relevant to the event.