TORONTO, May 9 /CNW/ - At an awards ceremony on Monday evening at Cisco
Canada's head office, DiverseCity onBoard recognized Peel Children's
Aid, The Redwood and the Town of Richmond Hill for embracing diversity
in board governance and making it a priority to recruit board members
from diverse backgrounds. A new corporate award, presented by the
Canadian Board Diversity Council, recognized TD Bank Group.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty addressed the winners and applauded the
progress made in changing the face of leadership across the GTA. It was
also announced that the government will continue to support the
DiverseCity project, including the DiverseCity onBoard initiative, for
another two years.
"Diversity is one of Ontario's greatest strengths," said Minister Dr.
Eric Hoskins. "When organizations work with DiverseCity to make their
governance more diverse, they open their organizations to new
opportunities and new markets. That kind of openness is going to help
support our growing economy and a stronger Ontario."
"Good practice in board governance includes finding the right people to
lead," explained Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree and co-chair of
DiverseCity. "In a city region as diverse as ours, this involves
embracing the full spectrum of skills, experiences and connections
available. Capitalizing on our immense talent pool is an imperative for
today's nonprofit, public and corporate boards. We're very pleased that
the government of Ontario continues to be such a great supporter of
This year's winners of the fourth annual Diversity in Governance Awards
are leading examples of inclusive boards of governance. Their
deliberate strategies have enriched their own boards and organizations,
and their example is changing the face of leadership across the GTA.
Research conducted by The Conference Board of Canada in the fall of
2008 linked diverse leadership to greater financial and organizational
performance and enhanced innovation and creativity, among other
"Our Board and staff are proud and thrilled to be recognized by
DiverseCity onBoard for our work in the area of diversity and
anti-oppression," said Paul Zarnke, executive director of Peel
Children's Aid. "Peel Region has an increasingly diverse population and
we want to ensure our services reflect the children and families we
serve. Our multi-pronged approach to being an anti-oppressive and
diversity competent organization is helping us achieve our goal of
equitable services for clients and community and to being a more
"The Redwood is deeply honoured to receive the Diversity in Governance
Award," said Anthea Windsor, President, Board of Directors of The
Redwood. "Through the leadership of our board of directors, we have
embraced the journey to break down barriers of oppression and racism.
It is transforming our work to support women and children fleeing abuse
and is supporting us in building leadership and staff teams that
reflect and are responsive to the needs of our community."
"Richmond Hill is very proud to be selected to receive the Diversity in
Governance Award," said Dave Barrow, Mayor of Richmond Hill. "We are
proud to be a welcoming community, one that encourages the
participation of all our residents in the local government process.
Engagement and participation of the people is important to us and we
are always looking for new and effective ways to encourage more of it
in Richmond Hill."
"We're delighted to be the inaugural recipient of the Corporate Board
Diversity Award," says Brian Levitt, Chairman of the Board for TD Bank
Group. "Much more than simply the right thing to do, the TD Board views
diversity as a business imperative and a competitive advantage in the
competition for talented people."
Read the profiles of the winners: http://maytree.com/divcity/onboard/diversity-in-governance-awards/2010-awards.
DiverseCity onBoard is part of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project, a joint
initiative of Maytree and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. The
project aims to transform the leadership landscape across the GTA.
DiverseCity onBoard connects qualified candidates from Aboriginal,
visible minority and under-represented immigrant communities to
agencies, boards and commissions in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Since 2005, Diversity onBoard has made over 550 appointments to public
and nonprofit boards from its roster of more than 1,500 candidates.
ABOUT MAYTREE: Established in 1982, Maytree promotes equity and prosperity through
its policy insights, grants and programs. The organization has gained
recognition for its expertise in developing, testing and implementing
programs and policy solutions related to immigration, integration and
ABOUT CANADIAN BOARD DIVERSITY COUNCIL (CBDC): CBDC's goal is to improve the diversity of boards in the
public, not-for-profit, and private sectors. Our vision is to increase
board representation of women, members of visible minority groups,
Aboriginal and First Nations people, persons with disabilities and
members of the LGBT community over the next five years. CBDC believes
that boards comprised of directors who bring a wide range of
perspectives, skills and experience to corporate governance will be
effective contributors to the performance of their organizations. www.boarddiversity.ca.
ABOUT PEEL CHILDREN'S AID: Peel Children's Aid protects children from abuse and neglect and helps
parents and caregivers build healthy families with the support of our
Peel community. The agency works with families who may be facing
challenges such as poverty, unemployment, ill health, domestic
violence, mental health issues, or caring for a child who has serious
physical, emotional or developmental difficulties. It acts as guardians
for children and youth who cannot remain with their families and
facilitates a "forever family" through adoption. The best way to deal
with child abuse and neglect is to prevent it. If there is a concern -
call Children's Aid. They are here to help. www.peelcas.org.
ABOUT THE REDWOOD: Since 1993, The Redwood has been here to help women and children live
free from violence. Free from fear. Free from threat. Leaving an
abusive situation is one of the toughest things any woman or child has
to face. The Redwood provides the emotional, practical and social
support that families need to get their lives back on track - and we
offer free and confidential services in over 170 different languages. www.theredwood.com.
ABOUT THE TOWN OF RICHMOND HILL: With an engaged population of over 185,000 residents and located just
north of Toronto, Ontario, Richmond Hill takes pride in its involvement
in recreation, volunteer service, the arts and environmental
sustainability. It is through involvement like this that helps make
Richmond Hill's vision, "Where people come together to build our
community", come to life. The Town of Richmond Hill contains a rich
mosaic of cultures, languages and faiths that embraces and celebrates
ethnic diversity. It's a friendly, down-to-earth, yet dynamic and
active community which has earned Richmond Hill the distinction of
being "one of Canada's most attractive communities to live," according
to the Conference Board of Canada. Richmond Hill Council and over 625
full-time and 500 part-time staff honour and foster strong partnerships
with their citizens and believe strongly in their mission of being
committed to providing exceptional public service to our community. To
find out more, visit RichmondHill.ca.
ABOUT TD BANK GROUP: The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known
as TD Bank Group (TD). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by
branches and serves approximately 19 million customers in four key
businesses operating in a number of locations in key financial centres
around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including
TD Canada Trust and TD Insurance; Wealth Management, including TD
Waterhouse and an investment in TD Ameritrade; U.S. Personal and
Commercial Banking, including TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank;
and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the
world's leading online financial services firms, with more than 6
million online customers. TD had CDN$616 billion in assets on January
31, 2011. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol "TD" on the
Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.
SOURCE Maytree Foundation
For further information:
Maytree: Markus Stadelmann-Elder, Communications Manager, p: 416-944-2627 x 284, c: 416-271-5654, firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Board Diversity Council: Pamela Jeffery, Founder, 416-361-1475 x 224, email@example.com
Peel Children's Aid: Lucie Baistrocchi, Director, Communications, 905-363-6131 ext. 1153, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Redwood: Anne-Marie Gardner, Executive Director, 416-533-9372 ext. 234, email@example.com
Town of Richmond Hill: Carol Moore, APR, Manager, Communication Services, 905-771-2418, firstname.lastname@example.org
TD Bank Group: Suzanna Cohen, Manager Corporate Communications, p: 416-983-7487,
c: 416-317-8962, email@example.com