MCoS AGM Recap: Celebrating Diversity Beyond the Surface
The Celebrating Diversity beyond the Surface session in the morning focused on how we can use celebrations of diversity to share our cultures in meaningful ways that build community, contribute to dispelling myths to counter racism, build relationships across cultures, and demonstrate the value of cultural diversity in our communities. We shared examples from staff, board and MCoS supported projects to demonstrate practical ways we can more fully engage audiences and participants in learning about how and why cultures do what they do, and how to create opportunities for interaction and sharing. MCoS is grateful to Mary Chipanshi, the Ranch Ehrlo pow wow drum and dance group, Clark’s Clan of Highland Dance, and Chef Mariana Brito of Malinche for demonstrating the high interest created when insight into culture is shared along with the surface.
Hasan Syed is young man from Toronto who emigrated from Pakistan as a boy and learned recently about the crisis of clean drinking water in many First Nations communities. He shared his current journey of running across Canada to raise awareness and money on this issue https://www.a2cw.org/.
Jamal-e-Fatima Rafat updated us on the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities project and led us through the Welcome Home Pledge. You can do this at http://mcos.ca/welcome-150-pledge/ and share your photo or video with #welcomehome150.
We reviewed progress on the 2016-19 strategic directions. In order to connect to and learn from our members, board members led small group conversations. The input provided is very helpful to the board’s important job of setting direction for MCoS. We will be creating a fresh 2019-23 plan in May 2018. Please share any relevant information with our Executive Director, Rhonda Rosenberg.
We concluded the day with our annual general meeting, including reports and elections. The annual report is available at or in hard copy at the office. We are proud to share our accomplishments and those of our members. MCoS is a learning and growing organization; this has been, particularly notable in education this year. We have trained facilitators, developed engaging public education campaigns, and multiple tools to make communities more welcoming and inclusive. These areas continue to expand in 2017-18.
Meet the 2017-18 Board
This year, MCoS sought nominations for three (3) Directors at Large, Secretary and Treasurer. Below is a list of the successful candidates and returning directors for the 2017-18 MCoS Board.
President: Asit Sarkar
Past-President: Bruno Kossmann
Vice-President: Neeraj Saroj
Treasurer: Meka Okochi
Secretary: Renata Cosic
Director-at-large: Harvey Knight (not pictured)
Director-at-large: Julio Torres-Recino
Director-at-large: Muna De Ciman
Director-at-large: Bob Lesperance
Director-at-large: Ranjan Datta
Director-at-large: Cosanna Preston
We look forward to working with the 2017-18 Board of Directors to achieve our ends, continue to create welcoming and inclusive communities and make multiculturalism matter!
View photos and bios (web page)
We also said goodbye to Xiaofeng Zhang, who volunteered as a director with our board for two terms, providing valuable contributions and support. She was especially active on social media, supporting our campaigns and projects.
Thank you Xiaofeng. We will miss you!