March, 2018 has 3 dates that speak to the emergence and vital importance of diversity and unity in our communities, and especially in volunteer management and engagement. Volunteer MBC stands at the forefront in Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, in reference to realization of these 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’s workshop (March 13).
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 proactive diversity and inclusiveness, well beyond peaceful protest. Awareness of vulnerable stereotypes, plus citing 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. For International Women’s Day, look to how you can go well beyond a change in attitude by actively inviting and promoting diversity in volunteer management and engagement, not just on March 8, but 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 with a standing invitation for all leaders of volunteers to join us.
Strategizing Pride in Volunteering
Volunteer MBC – March 13
Through its highly regarded Learning Centre (now conveniently online), Volunteer MBC on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in partnership with the Peel HIV/AIDS Network, will present a full day workshop of training designed specifically for leaders of volunteers, with focus on the need to work towards inclusive volunteering citizenship in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon. In keeping with the themes of the other occasions that we have highlighted for March, Volunteer MBC seeks to inform, reflect, and dialogue with not-for-profit and community service stakeholders about diversity, unity, and inclusiveness, as groundwork for a pioneering plan of action.
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