Newly-formed Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada example of
volunteer-led solutions to region's complex challenges
TORONTO, April 20, 2012 /CNW/ - A newly formed organization that
provides leadership support to young Aboriginal professionals is an
example of the 'entrepreneurial volunteerism' happening through
CivicAction's Emerging Leaders Network and other initiatives.
CivicAction honours the thousands of volunteer leaders who are helping
create a thriving and prosperous Toronto region as National Volunteer
Week comes to a close. Since the organization was launched in 2003,
more than 6000 volunteer leaders have come together through such
initiatives as Greening Greater Toronto, DiverseCity, the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), and the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.
"We commend the senior executives and rising leaders who take time out
of their busy lives, roll up their sleeves and work with us to address
some of the region's toughest problems," said Mitzie Hunter, CEO,
The newly-formed Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada (APAC) is a great example of volunteers identifying a challenge and coming up
with an innovative solution. President and co-founder Gabrielle
Scrimshaw, an Associate at RBC and a 2011 DiverseCity Fellow, saw a gap
in the support available to Aboriginal professional leaders in the
Toronto region as well as across Canada. With a volunteer team of
DiverseCity Fellows, APAC was launched to fill this gap.
"APAC is an organization propelled by entrepreneurial volunteerism. Like
many others, it was founded by people who felt they could
contribute their limited free time to create impactful change in the
community," said Gabrielle Scrimshaw, a member of the Hatchet Lake
The team members behind APAC brought in support from their employers.
"Through my volunteer work with APAC, I've gained skills and
relationships that have been personally and professionally enriching.
Without question, I'm a better employee and performer because of my
experience with APAC," said co-founder Richard Wiltshire, Manager at
Accenture and a 2011 DiverseCity Fellow.
City-building initiatives such as APAC are incubated through
CivicAction's Emerging Leaders Network and DiverseCity Fellows. Both
programs foster collaboration, innovation, and diversity, and create
unique and high-value opportunities for volunteer leadership.
Rising city-builders committed to advancing the Toronto region can join
the ELN or apply for the DiverseCity Fellows program. The 2013
DiverseCity Fellows call for applications will be launched in the
About the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance:
CivicAction, formerly known as the Toronto City Summit Alliance, is a
multi-sectoral coalition of thousands of civic leaders committed to
acting collectively to tackle tough issues and big opportunities facing
the Toronto region. CivicAction's Greater Toronto Summits bring leaders
from all walks of life together to assess the region's strengths and
challenges and to identify priority areas and opportunities for
attention. In the periods between Summits, CivicAction takes a role in
incubating innovative initiatives designed to galvanize action in these
Using a model of collaborative leadership, CivicAction's current
initiatives are aimed at: making the Toronto region flourish through
environmental action and innovation (Greening Greater Toronto); creating a leadership landscape that better reflects the region's
diversity (DiverseCity: the Greater Toronto Leadership Project in partnership with Maytree); and connecting and supporting rising city-builders (the Emerging Leaders Network).
For more information, visit www.civicaction.ca.
About the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN):
The ELN is a diverse network of 500+ civic leaders working to advance
the Toronto region's economic and social prosperity. ELN plays the role
of an "action incubator" by convening leaders, helping inform and
facilitate dialogue, and offering mentoring and organizational support
to groups working collaboratively on challenges facing the region.
Members of ELN meet monthly and have generated innovative city-building
projects and events such as Toronto Homecoming, Project Neutral, Better Ballots and ELNstudio.
ELN is an initiative of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance.
For more information, visit: www.elnonline.ca
About the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada:
The Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada (APAC) is an
organization dedicated to advancing Aboriginal leadership across Canada
in the private, public and social sectors. APAC offers First Nations,
Métis and Inuit professionals a supportive community and platform to
continually develop as dynamic leaders. APAC serves Aboriginal
professionals through professional skill building, network development
and the recognition of excellence.
APAC was incubated as a project through the DiverseCity Fellows program, a one-year collaborative leadership development program. The
original founding team of DiverseCity Fellows included:
Gabrielle Scrimshaw, RBC
Richard Wiltshire, Accenture
Jonathan Asmis, Accenture
Ravi Jain, Why Not Theatre
May Mak, Toronto Police Service
Piragal Thiru, Regional Municipality of York
For more information, visit http://www.aboriginalprofessionals.org/
Image with caption: "DiverseCity Fellows, multisectoral city-builders volunteering to improve the Toronto region (CNW Group/CivicAction)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120420_C7552_PHOTO_EN_12568.jpg
For further information:
Project Director, CivicAction
Work: (416) 309-4480 x533