The Black Experience in Greater Toronto Area
The Environics Institute, in partnership with the Atkinson Charitable Foundation and the Ryerson Diversity Institute, has recently launched a new research study focusing on the Black community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
In these early stages, this project is being greeted with with tremendous support from a cross-section of the Black community as well as the community at large. The first phase of this ambitious project will see engagement at all levels of the community with consideration of its diverse Diaspora. The community engagement sessions will begin mid-March in Peel region, and are being organized in collaboration with the Social Planning Council of Peel, United Way of Peel Region and related community organizations.
The Black Experience Project welcomes the following organizations who have recently signed on as collaboratoring partners who will be actively supporting the community engagement and research through their current networks and resources:
- United Way Toronto
- United Way Peel
- Youth Challenge Fund- Social Planning Council Peel
- City of Toronto
- YMCA of Greater Toronto
We'd like to introduce our Project Director, Marva Wisdom, who is leading the community engagement phase.
Marva is a community leader who blends her personal and professional passions to help her clients and community build on the strengths of a strong and collaborative work force. A dedicated volunteer, Marva chaired the 2010 and 2011 United Way campaign for Guelph-Wellington where she led the team that raised nearly $5M for social services in her community. She has served as Trustee for the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, board vice chair of the Guelph YM-YWCA, and founding chair of the Guelph Chapter - Institute for Canadian Citizenship.
Nationally, she serves as vice chair of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and is a member of the National Diversity Task Force for YWCA Canada. Marva's recognitions include the Guelph Y's Woman of Distinction award, the CTV/CKCO 'Our Hero of the Week' award and more recently, she has been nominated for the Ontario Good Citizen Award. She holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership from the University of Guelph.
To learn more about the project, contact Marva at: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Institute Website
A new website is now being developed by one of Canada's leading web designers, to provide significantly improved access to all of of the Institute's research and material, as well as introduce new features such as an ongoing source of information about other relevant public affairs research in Canada and around the world.
Look for the new website later this spring.