March focus on DIVERSITY and UNITY

March, 2018 has 3 focal points that speak to the emergence and vital importance of diversity and unity in our communities, and especially in the volunteering that we do. Volunteer MBC stands at the forefront in Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon in recognition of these essential goals.

Two occasions are widely publicized annually: International Women’s Day (March 8) and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21). The third is Volunteer MBC workshops (see below).

International Women’s Day 2018

Internationally, #PressforProgress is the theme for 2018, which recently has been amplified by the #MeToo movement, the latter a recognition of, and an attempt to break down, systemic sexual harassment in the workplace. In Canada, #MyFeminism is a complementary theme that Volunteer MBC supports, because it speaks to “equality for women, men and people of all gender identities”. Our nation’s theme embraces diversity and inclusiveness, well beyond peaceful protest. Mere awareness of vulnerable stereotypes and ‘calling out’ gender, ethnic, and cultural discrimination are not sufficient. In January, Volunteer MBC conducted a workshop on increasing diversity on not-for-profit Boards (currently, just over 20% of ‘Financial Post 500’ board members are women). In politics, the percentage is equally unacceptable.

Change is effected by action (not merely ‘reaction’), and Volunteer MBC is leading the way. On International Women’s Day, look to how you can go well beyond a change in attitude by actively inviting and promoting diversity in your community, on equal terms, every day.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The theme for 2018 is so apt, having regard to Volunteer MBC’s initiatives. Lengthy, yet every word is both timely and important: Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combatting racial discrimination. Within it is the vision to create a ‘here and now’ that truly reflects the intent of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, its 70th Anniversary to be celebrated in December, 2018. How best to accomplish this? By means of quality information, mutual understanding, and leadership by example. Once again, Volunteer MBC is actively leading the way.

Volunteer MBC FREE Volunteer Workshop

3 communities – 3 dates 

Through its well established Learning Centre (now online), Volunteer MBC during March, in partnership with the Peel HIV/AIDS Network, will present a half- day workshop of awareness and education, designed specifically for volunteers, with focus on the need to work towards inclusive volunteering citizenship in Mississauga (March 29*), Brampton (March 1*), and Caledon (March 9*). In keeping with the themes of the other focal points that we have highlighted for March, Volunteer MBC seeks to inform, reflect, and dialogue with our volunteers. Participants are encouraged to access the Igniting Pride in Volunteering eLearning Module (freely available on Volunteer MBC’s website, in the Learning Centre), as a valuable introduction.