A few things have given me cause to be hopeful about the direction of our country, following this week's election (congratulations Justin!) Firstly, I feel like I can use his first name. It's nice to have a young PM that actually seems to be engaged with the Canadian public - shaking hands in a … [Continue reading] Our New Prime Minister
Macy's has one of the most diverse Board of Directors in America. Probably North America. While much attention is being paid to the gender disparity in boards (most Directors are male), we should also be looking at other areas of diversity - like race, culture, age, etc. All of these identities … [Continue reading] Board Diversity – Congratulations Macy’s
Thanks to my toddler I've had some interesting conversations with her Daycare teachers recently about being inclusive of all types of families. They are a great daycare and a super team, and don't mean to be exclusive - in fact, they regularly remind the kids if they are fighting over who gets to … [Continue reading] Mother’s Day – while celebrating inclusion
I'm working on a contract with a colleague for Special Olympics Canada. SOC is an amazing organization doing amazing things, and this week I really want to share what I'm reading on their Language Guidelines page.The language we use (i.e. our choice of words) is an integral component of creating … [Continue reading] When Positive Words Exclude
The eleven year old daughter of a friend of mine stormed into her principal's office recently to demand why they weren't being allowed to wear their Halloween costumes to school this Thursday.The reason given was that not everyone celebrates Halloween, so this makes it more fair. I would guess the … [Continue reading] Happy Hallo-what?!
I recently had the opportunity to work with MBA students again this past month.It's a team building program my colleague runs at the beginning of the term, and it wisely includes a diversity session.We use that session as an opportunity to challenge assumptions and recognize our lenses, which is … [Continue reading] What’s in a name?
About a week ago I read part of an article in the newspaper (which I can no longer find, sadly) about a restaurant owner who had made the decision to serve Halal meat in his establishment. He is not Muslim. But there are members of the Islamic community who live in the area of his restaurant, and … [Continue reading] A Great Example of Inclusion
Last week I did a D&I workshop for TAVA (Toronto Association for Volunteer Administrators). The focus was on managing a diverse group of volunteers with an eye to inclusion. It was a great group. One of the participants brought up a point that I hear often - that she focuses on the similarities … [Continue reading] The Similarities and Differences of Diversity
Ah Black History Month.... I have just returned from a vacation in Barbados with my family. There is an election going on and one of the newspaper articles while we were there was about why there were no White people running this time. In contrast, on our first day back I was listening to G98 on … [Continue reading] A Black History Month Insight
It's been a long time since I handed out Halloween candy, and even longer since I went out trick or treating. But my re-entry into the sugary costumed world last night has me thinking. Of the many children who showed up at the door, I would say only about 50% were costumed. I remember teenagers … [Continue reading] Halloween – Through a Diversity Lens