The following blog post was written by Christine Burke, Business Development Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.
On November 20, 2016 DiverseCity onBoard Calgary officially launched.
Bow Valley College, through the Center for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement, is pleased to be a partner with the National DiverseCity on Board initiative and to bring this unique program to Calgary.
DiverseCity onBoard strives to educate and match those interested in board governance opportunities with boards looking for qualified candidates.
To celebrate the official launch of DiverseCity onBoard Calgary, local and national partners were in attendance along with 90 invited guests, including:
- National DiverseCity onBoard Director Catherine Winter
- Vice President Academic Anna Kae Todd
- Dean of the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement Elza Bruk
- Dean of the School of Community Studies and Creative Technologies Cherylyn Cameron
- Executive Director of Propellus Doug Watson
- Western Regional Manager of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Andrew McNair - RBC is the sponsor of seven training scholarships
- Contract Services Coordinator at Government of Alberta Ministry of Labour Liz Rees
Larry Horeczy from Variety Alberta spoke on behalf of all DiverseCity onBoard ‘board’ members, and Anthony Jones, a graduate of DiverseCity onBoard's governance training, provided a personal perspective. Grammy award nominee and Peruvian musician Felipe Alberto provided the evening’s entertainment.
Our guest speakers were prolific and poignant about the benefits of inclusion and greater diverse representation on boards. They spoke to the common desire to see Calgary and Alberta’s non-profit boards and organizations thrive.
DiverseCity onBoard was created to support boards and organizations by offering online self-paced accessible governance training, board matching, and recruitment.
The aim of the program is to connect qualified, pre-screened candidates from visible minorities and underrepresented communities to volunteer board positions and to increase the governance knowledge base of candidates looking for opportunities to volunteer on boards. It is well recognized that diversity on a board is a great way to push thinking to new levels, increase creativity, and build new and exciting networks that were previously untapped.
DiverseCity onBoard offers board and individual members networking and educational opportunities through events, webinars, and a library database online.
Growing steadily since January 2016, DiverseCity onBoard Calgary is making a positive impact on boards across our community. Through inclusion and accessible training DiverseCity onBoard Calgary is quickly becoming the go-to program for boards and governance training.
For more information about DiverseCity onBoard Calgary please visit: http://calgary.diversecityonboard.ca/
Visit the photo gallery to see photos of the event.
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