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Listen to Julia Moulden’s original full interview with Jane Pepino:
Women’s College Hospital (WCH) started working with DiverseCity onBoard in 2007 as part of rebuilding a new board for Women’s College after becoming independent in 2006.
WCH was and is committed to ensuring that its work is deeply rooted in the needs of its community. According to Jane Pepino, WCH board chair, it was important to meet that commitment, in part, by having a board that reflects the community’s diversity: “Unless we are aware of what every community needs, we won’t be able to fulfill that mission…. DiverseCity onBoard just gave us a ready-made list of wonderful talent.”
Two DiverseCity onBoard candidates were appointed, and they have served on the WCH board to this day. According to Jane, WCH has benefited from the experience and insight they bring to the board: “Both of whom are clearly passionate about what Women’s College Hospital does. So it’s been a wonderful fit…. The skills have not only been brought to the board room table but also have echoed through the organization.” DiverseCity onBoard resource materials have become ingrained in the board nomination process, but also in WCH’s hiring and HR policies, ensuring that they continue to “live diversity and equity” and be committed to it in everything they do.
Jane believes that any organization can benefit from working with DiverseCity onBoard, especially those who want to become more diverse and equitable, and “understand how important it is to do so and what a benefit it is to do so.”
More on Jane Pepino:
Jane Pepino is the current chair of the board at Women’s College Hospital. A senior partner at Aird & Berlis LLP and the founder of the firm’s Municipal and Land Use Planning Group, Pepino provides advice on planning, zoning and land development throughout Ontario. As a volunteer, she has served as a member of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Federal Council on the Status of Women, and as the founding chair of Metropolitan Toronto Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children. She was appointed by the Minister of Health to create and chair the Ontario Women’s Health Council (1997–2007). In 2000, Jane was appointed a member of the Order of Canada.
(Excerpted from the Women’s College Hospital website).