Be a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow to Impact Change!

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Two years ago I participated in the CivicAction’s ELN Studio and pitched an idea in a Dragons Den style competition at the ELNshowcase which now became Equal Ground’s Get Inclus!ve consultancy focused on helping organizations become accessible and understanding the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

I would highly recommend the DiverseCity Fellows program to those who want to impact change in our city, and to provide perspective representing people with accessibility needs. There is a information session on Monday, July 6 from 5:30 to 7:30PM to find out more about the program. You will need to register for the session here.

Here’s a description of the program:

CivicAction’s DiverseCity Fellows program is one of North America’s top programs for rising leaders who are interested in urban issues and impacting change.

Now in its 7th year, this free year-long program exposes participants to important regional issues, provides opportunities for personal leadership development and helps them grow a strong network of civic-minded peers across sectors.  It also provides access to the region’s top influencers and a unique platform for community-focused action.

As a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellows, rising leaders will have the opportunity to shape their communities by:

  • Expanding their personal and professional network across the region
  • Making an impact by leading a team project that tackles a pressing social, environmental, or economic issue in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)
  • Exploring leadership competencies and current urban challenges with the region’s top influencers and visionaries
  • Receiving mentorship support from a prominent senior-level leader

Each year, the program brings together approximately 25 rising leaders who represent all sectors and communities within the GTHA. Check out a list of our 2014-15 DiverseCity Fellows here.

Past participants have found the program transformative allowing them, through new networks and skills, to achieve professional success and to have significant community impact post-program. Hear what others have said.

Who should apply?

  • Talented and engaged individuals with a track record of strong leadership and who have between 5-15 years of professional experience.
  • Creative problem-solvers who are ambitious, results-oriented, collaborative and inclusive.
  • Rising leaders in their field/sector with a desire to make our region a better place to live and work.
  • Individuals of all ages and ethnic and cultural backgrounds in any part of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

The 2015-16 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellows program will begin in October 2015. The program is part-time and  includes over 100 hours of programming that largely takes place outside of regular work hours. For more details on the program components, please click here.

I am passionate about people and focused on developing meaningful opportunities for people with accessibility needs through social entrepreneurial initiatives in journalism, consulting, and arts. As a TED talks junkie, I would love to hear your story and ideas. Reach out and connect with me!


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