Tag Archives: Inclusion


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

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

Invisible Diversity at the Workplace

March 19, 2019

Searching for my AFP Fellowship project was an admittedly difficult process. Looking in the mirror, I see what others see – a privileged white male – and yet for most of my life, on the inside, I hid and repressed my sexuality out of a deep fear of retaliation from people I loved and cared … Continue reading

Ecotourism: A Community-led Model for Success

March 19, 2019

My work at Tides Canada, the largest intermediary foundation in the country, positions me uniquely in the simultaneous worlds of community and funders. Working with communities to scope out opportunities for impactful philanthropic projects that meet community-sourced needs through community-led solutions is an approach which has demonstrated success in building trust and deep relationships between … Continue reading