DiverseCity onBoard Pleases
While the highly diverse face of the city continues to be under-represented in many of Toronto's public and non-profit agencies, a growing number of organizations have come to appreciate the value of diversity at the decision making level. They have come to see it as an asset that allows them to better provide solutions to their constituencies. These efforts of diversification have been getting a big boost from DiverseCity onBoard, an award winning initiative of the Maytree Foundation, which connects qualified candidates from diverse communities to the governance bodies of nonprofit and public sector organizations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The program’s mandate is to work with public institutions and voluntary organizations to change the face of the region’s leadership by promoting board recruitment and appointment processes that reflect the GTA’s diverse population.
On April 29th, CAI and the Maytree Foundation collaborated on bringing a greater awareness of opportunities to members of the Canadian Arab community. The lunch-and-learn session, presented by Mona ElSayeh, DiverseCity onboard GTA Manager, illustrated how poorly the Arab community compares to other visible minority groups in terms of civic engagement. The event focused on framing the various opportunities available to become more involved in communal governance by serving on organizational, municipal, and provincial boards.
DiverseCity onBoard recruits, pre-screens, and trains qualified candidates from visible minority and under-represented immigrant communities. Current opportunities exist in the healthcare, theatre, community services, environment, senior services, among other fields. The highly successful workshop was both educational and engaging. Participants were given the opportunity to explore possibilities for civic engagement that align with their particular interests, as well as room to network and connect with their peers.
CAI hopes to arrange for similar workshops with the Maytree foundation later in the year.
For more information, visit: http://diversecitytoronto.ca/get-involved/onboard/join-board/ or contact Mona ElSayeh: firstname.lastname@example.org