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Listen to Julia Moulden’s original full interview with Lucy Coschignano, President and Chair, JobStart:
JobStart is a community based, not-for-profit agency that helps experienced workers, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, summer students, and youth find work, a difficult task under any circumstance, and even more so in times of budget cuts and high unemployment. As the President and Chair of its Board of Directors, Lucy Coschignano understands the importance of board diversity to serve the needs of the organization’s different client groups.
That is why she makes a case for the power of diversity. As Lucy explains, “diversity brings different perspectives because everyone comes forward with different experiences.” And those different perspectives and experiences can translate into new approaches and better service.
Lucy believes that DiverseCity onBoard provides a valuable and essential service to not-profit organizations.
“DiverseCity OnBoard is a rich resource for not-for-profits with limited budgets – funding for recruitment is scarce. Giving us access to a pool of qualified people is a huge plus. It makes the search for qualified, engaged candidates for not-for-profits much easier.”
Working with DiverseCity onBoard has helped JobStart create deeper relationships with the communities they serve. But, perhaps even more importantly, working with DiverseCity onBoard has had a tangible impact on the how well the JobStart board functions. Which means that JobStart is more connected to their communities and has even stronger leadership:
“It’s really important to gather different points of view, perspectives and experiences so that you can bring the best ideas forward that serve the community. JobStart has been able to fill three vacancies through DiverseCity onBoard. These highly qualified candidates not only brought new perspectives, but were also very engaged that helped create an even more active and learning culture on the board.”