Tag Archives: Diversity


Acknowledging Traditional Territory

April 11, 2019

First peoples have existed for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans settlers. It has been their custom to acknowledge each other’s traditional territory, and this protocol still exist today. It is important to recognize that Frist Nations, Métis and Inuit have unique relationships with Canada. They hold sovereignty over their traditional territory … Continue reading

HOW TO AVOID TOKENISM IN DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WORK

April 11, 2019

As I began planning for my Diversity and Inclusion Fellow Project, I wondered how do I do this in a meaningful way that avoids tokenism? Should I be the one that starts D&I work at my organization just because I’m ‘diverse’? Well, if it gets me a seat at the table, and gets the conversation … Continue reading

Navigating subtle meaning of words and feelings

April 10, 2019

Sitting around the table discussing the meaning of words, their power and how important it was to analyze the context of when and where such words were used was a favourite of my bonding times with my mother when I was growing up. She would share the content of her classes with me, while she … Continue reading

AFP Fellowship Mentorship Experience

April 9, 2019

I joined the 2018 AFP Fellowship program to increase my knowledge in fundraising and for the mentorship opportunity. I was fortunate to be mentored by Joan Blight, who has over 30 years of experience. Over the past 7 months, Joan and I met several times and I am grateful for her guidance. We decided to … Continue reading

What does Truth and Reconciliation mean in the philanthropic sector?

April 9, 2019

As a relatively new member of the Association of Professional Fundraisers, I wanted to gain better insights on how the philanthropic sector understands Truth and Reconciliation. It was through a small questionnaire that I set to do so, and I am grateful to all the participants who completed it and shared their responses with me. … Continue reading

Diversity, Equity, and Access in Arts & Culture: Why It Matters

April 2, 2019

I was 21 years old the first time I visited a museum outside of a school trip – I remember visiting the ROM’s planetarium in the second grade. I was intimidated and did not feel it was for people like me, I thought, once I step in they would know that I was an outsider … Continue reading

How Would You Go About Broadening Your Donor Base to Reflect the Diversity of Your City or Region?

March 25, 2019

One of the gifts of the AFP Fellowship in Diversity and Inclusion was to attend the AFP Congress in Toronto – the largest AFP conference in the world. And what a delight to find myself talking about the Fellowship to an AFP Toronto fundraiser I had never met, who then introduced me to her friend … Continue reading

The Fundraiser’s Journey: How Did We Get Here?

March 25, 2019

A big push by AFP, both in Canada and abroad, has been to increase the presence of “diverse” fundraisers in the sector (visible minorities, sexual orientation, etc), as well as battle the misconceptions and prejudice that impede the career advancements of some fundraisers, specifically women. However, there is a question that I believe no-one has … Continue reading

Unpaid Internships and the Obstacles to Economic Mobility

March 21, 2019

My first year of University was ending and everyone was talking about their summer plans and the internships they had lined up (their parents knew someone who knew someone). I wondered if my family knew anyone in the corporate, professional world who would offer me an internship. The reality was, I had no connections, and … Continue reading

Respectful Curiosity

March 21, 2019

One of the most beautiful approaches to conflict resolution that I have heard recently came from a podcast that I listened to, where the host, Whitney Johnson, interviewed Dr. Donna Hicks on the topic of disruption. (https://whitneyjohnson.com/donna-hicks/). In this exchange, Dr. Hicks shared stories of her experience exploring the concept of how at the core … Continue reading