Mayor's Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - PRIVATE Group for members

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Welcome to the private group site for all members of The Mayor’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. This platform will be used throughout the course of the task force as a collaboration tool.

All documents related to the task force meetings will be posted here, and this can also be a place where group discussions can happen around specific topics or questions, and we can do things like group polls or surveys, story sharing, and other helpful collaborative activities. This platform will also serve as a method of keeping up with what is happening at the meetings for those unable to attend, and will provide opportunity for input on discussion topics between meetings.

Welcome to the private group site for all members of The Mayor’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. This platform will be used throughout the course of the task force as a collaboration tool.

All documents related to the task force meetings will be posted here, and this can also be a place where group discussions can happen around specific topics or questions, and we can do things like group polls or surveys, story sharing, and other helpful collaborative activities. This platform will also serve as a method of keeping up with what is happening at the meetings for those unable to attend, and will provide opportunity for input on discussion topics between meetings.

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  • Hello! I'm Scott Williams (he/him)

    by Scott.Williams, 7 months ago
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    I work at KW Counselling Services as Communications & Development Coordinator. I'm a member of the LGBTQ2+ community and I enjoy working with our OK2BME team. I am also a volunteer at SPECTRUM, and I'm a member of the Breaking the Silence group at the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council. I'm passionate about accessible mental health services and LGBTQ2+ issues. You can connect with me at swilliams@kwcounselling.com

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  • Hello! Dannon Vasey (she/her)

    by dannonv, 10 months ago
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    Hi Everyone, I am Dannon Vasey. I am a staff at the City of Kitchener (Children and Youth Services) and excited to be on this Committee. I look forward to the meeting each of you and the collective learning together ahead of us. 

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  • Hello there! Sara

    by sarab, 10 months ago
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    Hi everyone! I'm Sara Bingham and have a full-time temporary position with the City of Kitchener working within the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre. My work is as a business advisor for small businesses (1-99 employees) in the Region and I'm particularly passionate about working with women entrepreneurs and anyone working with the health care industry. I've been a chapter leader for "Lean In KW" (a small group of peers who meet regularly to support each other and learn new skills) in the area for years and have led Women's March Canada, the Canadian extension of the Women's March that has happened every January for the past 2.5 years. Excited and honoured to be here.

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  • Hi all! Robert Gilmore

    by Bob.Gilmore, 10 months ago
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    Looking forward to this learning journey and meeting and working alongside all of you for the next year and a bit.  I hope to learn and develop a skillset to increase awareness and engagement in our community so that through recruitment we can have a fire department that is reflective of the community we serve.

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  • Hi! I'm Amy (She/Her)

    by Amy.Weaver, 10 months ago
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    Hi everyone!  I have gotten to meet and chat with some of you and I look forward to meeting those I haven't so far.  I am the HR Director at House of Friendship, a local not for profit agency that walks with people who need housing, food, addiction and/or community resources.  House of Friendship serves an incredibly diverse population of over 42,000 individuals in the Waterloo region each year and we have made a commitment to develop an equity strategy so that we can ensure that we understand and meet the needs of the people we serve as well as those that we serve together with.  The work of this task group has already been very helpful in centering my mind around the factors that need to be considered when developing such a strategy and I am looking forward to hearing from the voices in the room to help guide this work further.  I have a lot to learn and I am humbled by that, and excited at the same time.
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  • Greetings everyone - Colleen James

    10 months ago
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    Hello everyone, My name is Colleen James, i am excited to be a contributing member on this task force. I am a community member who is passionate about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and believe that education is the key to raising awareness and creating a sense of belonging for everyone. I am a professor at Conestoga College and teach in the School of Business. I also from time to time conduct workshops on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to businesses and organizations in the community. I am a first generation Canadian born women of color. Kitchener is where I am local so i have seen the dynamics of this community change over the years. I am looking forward to working with everyone over the coming months.

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  • I am Eltag Elkhalifa

    by Eltag.Elkhalifa, 10 months ago
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    Hi all, I am glad to be part of this Mayor's taskforce. I am representing the KW Multicultural Centre. I am looking forward to extending my hands to work with all of you in all issues promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. I will devote all my energy and time to work with you in all other issues that lead to social change and make our community one of the best communities to live in across the globe. Any change starts with a conversation, so let us all engage in that kind of good conversations to make that change a reality. I have been working in the settlement sector for almost 20 years to help newcomers settle, work and belong. A big part of what I have been doing in this sector requires advocacy because many newcomers don't know their rights. As a member of a minority group, I faced myself discrimination and a kind of injustice in a way or another. That is why the work we are doing is a great work for paving the way for so many people to live with dignity.    


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  • Hi everyone, I'm Beth (she/her)

    by bwilson, 10 months ago
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    Hi, I'm Beth and I am on the task force representing the Safe and Healthy Communities Citizen's Advisory Committee. I work for KW Habilitation, an organization that supports children with any special need and adults who have developmental disabilities, and I have over 20 years of experience working in the Developmental Services sector. I am also the mom of 4. One of my children has autism. I am excited to be a part of the EDI task force, and grateful to live in a city that is committing to building a community where this is a priority.  

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  • Hey gang! I'm Kim!

    by KimS, 11 months ago
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    Oh hey there! My name is Kim and I work at Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region. Working in the developmental services sector has underscored, for me, the need for a critical eye when thinking about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We live in communities where equity is nowhere to be found. Progress towards inclusive practices and standards are being made, and subsequently, we are beginning to see budding growth in the diversity realm (in some places and spaces!). However, we do not live in an equitable society. There are still those who are left out, left behind and long forgotten. It is for these folks that I am hopeful for the work this task force has set forth to accomplish. The City of Kitchener has the opportunity to do and be better. And we, each of us, have the opportunity to help shoulder this task and lend our heads, hands and hearts to the work. Are you ready? I am!

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  • I am Kelly Steiss

    by Kelly.Steiss, 11 months ago
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    Hi Everyone, I am Kelly Steiss. I am a staff at the City of Kitchener and am so pleased to be a part of this Committee. I look forward to the work and the discussions ahead of us. I work in our community centre section which means I get to work with people and diversity, equity and inclusion every day. One of my sisters has a disability and growing up with her she had regular experiences where she was made fun of, ostracized and excluded. From a very young age I appreciated the power of diversity, equity and inclusion and that is why, to this day, I will always look to advocate and support others.
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