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by Tina Edan, Maytree
Leader is a title.
Leadership is an action.
An action that requires individuals to deal with real situations, show courage and take risks.
A few things we know:
Recognizing the context and the demographic trends, Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree, along with the late David Pecaut, chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance (now CivicAction) also recognized an opportunity. Together, they developed a suite of initiatives to address the lack of diverse leaders on boards, in public office and in the media. This was the start of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project.
DiverseCity initiatives create opportunities for leaders to exercise their leadership.
A counselor at the Schlifer Clinic, Voices participant Farrah Khan was identified by the Toronto Star as one of the 2011 People to Watch. She appears regularly in media, discussing issues like domestic violence and, most recently, a lift on the ban on Muslim women soccer players wearing hijabs in international matches, a cause she’s championed through the group Right2Wear.
2010 DiverseCity Fellow Gabrielle Scrimshaw headed a city building action project that led to the creation of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada. The association’s vision is to foster and showcase world class leadership within the First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
Rezwanul Karim is one of 29 community leaders who have been trained by Building Blocks to train residents on how government decision-making works and how to impact those decisions. At the end of this year, close to 900 leaders will be equipped and motivated to help make social change happen where they live. Find out more.
Danny Ankle (Executive Director, Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club) is serving his second term on the Ontario College of Teachers board. For him, being a member of the DiverseCity onBoard roster has been of tremendous benefit. Find out why.
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