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2020 J2DW Annual General Meeting (Online)

This is a free event but donations are appreciated! Only members may vote.

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2019 Annual General Meeting

This keynote speaker will be Ms. Hannah Bell. Hanna founded and was Executive Director of the PEI Business Women’s Association. She is currently an MLA for Charlottetown – Parkdale for the Green Party of PEI and after next week’s election should be part of Canada’s first Green government.

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Top 5 articles of 2018!

We are fortunate to see an increase in visits to our website in 2018 with lots of help from our active volunteers! Now we present the top 5 articles visitors read on our website in 2018.

5. How to deal with religious accommodations in the Workplace

Freedom of religion, in Canada, is a constitutionally protected right that allows religious believers the freedom to assemble and worship without limitation or interference. Religious discrimination is treating individuals differently in their employment because of their religion, their religious beliefs and practices, denying their reasonable request for accommodation or a change in a workplace rule or policy that denies employees equal opportunities due to their religious beliefs or practices. Canadian employers are required to accommodate the reasonable needs of religious employees in the workplace.

4. Women in the Workplace: The Hidden Battle

Throughout our history, women have adopted new roles from working as a housewife to entering the workplace and providing for their family or oneself. As women entered the workplace, we saw issues of sexual harassment, unequal pay and opportunity starting to emerge. These issues are still seen and frequently voiced today as women are continuously taking a stand for their rights. Unfortunately, there are many issues that go unnoticed that need to be addressed. Every day women have to prove that they are just as good or better than their counterparts and when they fail to do so they are labeled as weak, incompetent or just plain lazy.

3. Lack of Diversity in the Workplace Can Cause Stress Among Employees

The success of an organization in today’s competitive world depends upon how well it embraces the challenges of diversity and realizes its benefits. Employees from different backgrounds, ages and ethnicities bring their own set of experiences and world views, and are better able to provide a wider range of solutions to developing problems. Most of all, a lack of diversity has been linked to increased discrimination which in turn leads to elevated stress levels among employees. The National Center for Biotechnology Information note that discrimination due to immigrant status, legal status, skin tone or language can contribute to increased stress in individuals.

2. The Pros and Cons of Hiring Older Employees vs. Younger Employees

Ever thought you would one day be in a position where you would have the decision on your hands to make or break someone’s career? Well if you are, here is something that you might come across depending on the nature of your job. This article aims to analyze some of the main factors to consider while picking the right person for the job. At the very outset, I must make it clear that I am referring to older as in more experienced professionals and not just being ageist.

1. Workplace Issues and Solutions

There are a variety of workplace issues that both employers and employees encounter. Some of these issues are minor while other workplace issues are more significant and require frequent attention from employees for the workplace to function properly. While it is the responsibility of management to take steps to develop strategies to combat workplace issues, employees also have a responsibility to speak up when they recognize issues that contribute to or may eventually lead to problems.

This article was mostly contributed to and edited by J2DW volunteers!

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J2DW Announces Appointment of New Chairwoman of the Board

Journey to Diversity Workplaces Announces Appointment of New Chairwoman of the Board

For Immediate Release

 

BARRIE, ON, 2 JULY 2018 – Journey to Diversity Workplaces (“J2DW” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce Ms. Cynthia Gordon, M.A., a current independent director of J2DW, was appointed Chairwoman of J2DW’s Board of Directors, replacing Mr. Tony Huy Hoang Do, M.F.Ac. who remains on the board, but has taken a step back to focus on his career aspirations.

Ms. Gordon joined J2DW Board of Directors in January of 2018. She ascended to the Office of Chairwoman recently. Ms. Gordon holds a Master of Arts degree from Athabasca University and a Bachelor of Psychology degree from the University of Guelph. Ms. Gordon is currently employed as an Employment Services Consultant for Georgian College in Orangeville, Ontario and was President of the Athabasca University Graduate Students Association from 2015 to 2016.

“We are so very excited to have Cynthia not only join the Board of Directors but take on the challenge of Chairwoman,” J2DW President & CEO, Peter V. Tretter, said, “I am certain that Cynthia has both the drive and the passion to make this work well. I look forward to working with her in the days to come.”

Journey to Diversity Workplaces has a few vacancies open on the board. More information can be found here at www.j2dw.ca/job/board-member-volunteer/

About J2DW

Journey to Diversity Workplaces (J2DW) is a Barrie, Ontario based organization formed under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act in December 2013. Find out more about us at www.j2dw.ca

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2018 Annual General Meeting

NOTICE OF 2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

JOURNEY TO DIVERSITY WORKPLACES

NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Journey to Diversity Workplaces (the “Corporation”) is called for and will be held

at Skype

on Thursday, 17th of May, 2018

at 8:00 pm (EDT) sharp.

Agenda.

  1. Welcome

  2. President & CEO’s report

  3. Treasurer’s report

  4. Election of Directors

  5. By-law revisions

  6. Adjournment

Final date to receive nominations will be 7th day of May, 2018. Only Class A, B, and D members may vote, and Class C members running for the Board of Directors.

All welcome we do hope you can join us.

Please register to attend below!

DATED the 5th of April, 2018.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD

Peter V. Tretter

President & CEO

Journey to Diversity Workplaces

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Call for Directors

Journey to Diversity Workplaces

Journey to Diversity Workplaces is seeking nominations for our Board of Directors at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 17 May, 2018.

Positions:

Board of Directors (2 years)

  • Director (5 positions)

Board of Directors (1 year – mid-term)

  • Director (5 positions)

Journey to Diversity Workplaces is comprised of volunteers, members, and employees (when applicable.) A full term on the board of directors is 2 years. Board membership is intended to reflect a diversity of experience, skills, knowledge and abilities suited to the strategic needs of the organization. We are looking for members from all areas of the community and from a range of backgrounds.

Officers are appointed by the board annually at the first meeting following the AGM so that discussion on the various offices can occur to avoid any misunderstanding.

Directors are expected to:

  • Commit to their term on the Board of Directors and devote an average of five (5) hours per month to the organization (hours vary and at peak times of the year will be higher)

  • Attend at least 80% of board meetings, well prepared in advance

  • Participate in J2DW events, including meetings, training, outreach, fundraising events, press conferences, and other activities as necessary

  • Be readily accessible and responsive to electronic communication

For a full job description, and to apply to join the board, please visit https://www.j2dw.ca/about-us/the-board-of-directors/bod-job/

All are welcome to apply, though we are looking for volunteers with experience in medicine (including doctors or nurses,) law (including lawyers or paralegals,) strategic planning, and public relations!

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Volunteer Board recruitment analyst

*** This is a co-op/internship position for Fall 2017 ***

Job Summary:

  • Perform research on various methods of recruiting people to a non-profit volunteer board of directors
  • Write copy and perform tasks suited to recruiting people to a non-profit volunteer board of directors
  • Write material/blog posts to post on the website
  • Assess the marketing techniques of J2DW by the use of the exposure of their website.
  • Other tasks assigned as job progresses.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Weekly meetings with other members of the team to brainstorm ideas for furthering J2DW’s efforts.
  • Write appealing material to post on their website.
  • Assess current marketing techniques and the efficiency of such techniques by performing quantitative analysis.
  • Recruit volunteers for J2DW’s non-profit board
  • Propose changes to J2DW’s board recruitment processes

Required Skills:

  • Writing skills for appealing material for their website
  • People skills
  • Research skills
  • How to be efficient when marketing for raising funds.
  • Skills to come up with best practices for J2DW’s board recruitment efforts

Transportation and Housing: This is a volunteer job, generally done from your home office on a schedule approved by your Manager and your fellow team members. You will meet with your team in person or virtually on an agreed-upon schedule and will meet in-person with your manager every two weeks, or so. In-person meetings with your Manager will be in Barrie, Ontario.

Please note that this is an UNPAID position.

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A provocative volunteer leadership opportunity!

Journey to Diversity Workplaces is both an experiment and a project. Haven’t you ever wished you could work somewhere better? Somewhere where they went out of their way to not only appreciate you, but treat you right, and pay you fairly? We want a different kind of workplace where diversity is championed and so is the worker.

At J2DW, our employees are our members. Period.

Respecting differences ethically, morally, and legally.

We are a member of Volunteer Canada, and Charity Village, CIRA, OnGood, and a partner with Get Involved, and VolunteerMatch.

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada
English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Journey to Diversity Workplaces invites residents (ideally!) living in Simcoe County (including the cities of Barrie & Orillia,) to submit an expression of interest to join the organization’s board of directors to guide us into a bold, promising future. As a Board member you are strongly committed to J2DW’s vision, mission, and values. You have a strong personal and professional integrity, and have experience with, or are comfortable with, the governance — as opposed to management — role. In an era of fiscal constraint, combined with extraordinary population growth, governance leadership will be a significant and rewarding challenge.

Through your professional skills and experience, you will:

– Ensure J2DW lives its values, mission and vision
– Guide J2DW to achieve its strategic directions
– Be responsible for making decisions in the best interests of J2DW
– Be accountable for the monitoring and oversight of J2DW’s performance standards and other outcome measures
– Ensure financial accountability, providing feedback and guidance to the CEO
​​- Provide a link with J2DW to ensure effective communication of community perceptions and needs

You must be at least 18 years of age and not have the status of bankrupt. Meeting are held in Barrie on the third Thursday of the month usually via Skype, though we do meet in person at least twice per year.

If you are interested in serving on the J2DW Board, please submit your resume by 15 February 2017 to Peter V. Tretter, President & CEO at http://scr.im/2zq4 For more information on our board, or to apply visit http://j2dw.co/1nsHqRC.

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Board of Directors: An exciting volunteer leadership opportunity

Journey to Diversity Workplaces is both an experiment and a project. Haven’t you ever wished you could work somewhere better? Somewhere where they went out of their way to not only appreciate you, but treat you right, and pay you fairly? We want a different kind of workplace where diversity is championed and so is the worker.

At J2DW, our employees are our members. Period.

Respecting differences ethically, morally, and legally.

We are a member of Volunteer Canada, and Charity Village, CIRA, OnGood, and a partner with Get Involved, and VolunteerMatch.

Journey to Diversity Workplaces invites residents living in Simcoe County (including the cities of Barrie & Orillia,) to submit an expression of interest to join the organization’s board of directors to guide us into a bold, promising future. As a Board member you are strongly committed to J2DW’s vision, mission, and values. You have a strong personal and professional integrity, and have experience with, or are comfortable with, the governance – as opposed to management – role. In an era of fiscal constraint, combined with extraordinary population growth, governance leadership will be a significant and rewarding challenge.

Through your professional skills and experience, you will:

– Ensure J2DW lives its values, mission and vision.
– Guide J2DW to achieve its strategic directions
– Be responsible for making decisions in the best interests of J2DW
– Be accountable for the monitoring and oversight of J2DW’s performance standards and other outcome measures
– Ensure financial accountability, providing feedback and guidance to the CEO
– Provide a link with J2DW to ensure effective communication of community perceptions and needs

You must be at least 18 years of age and not have the status of bankrupt. Meeting are held in Barrie on the third Thursday of the month usually via Skype, though we do meet in person at least twice per year.

For more information on our board please contact Peter V. Tretter, President & CEO at http://scr.im/2zq4. If you are interested in serving on the J2DW Board, apply by 15 May 2016 by visiting http://j2dw.co/1nsHqRC.

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Annual General Meeting

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Profiles of Diversity -:- Shan Simpson

Shan Simpson
Profiles of Diversity is a series in which we profile in each post one of the members of our Board of Directors or volunteers.

Today’s profile is Shan Simpson.

Shan has a physical disability. He tell us his greatest strength is resiliency. He is driven to succeed. He earned his Eagle Scout badge at age 14.

Shan’s hobbies include sports, reading, listen to music, and blogging. He really enjoys basketball as he can play it with his disability.

Shan got interested in J2DW because he thought it was a good idea. He lives in a small area with little accessibility. His proudest achievement was going back to school and earning his Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He’s also proud of his Eagle Scout Award.

In 5 years Shan sees J2DW having expanded to more areas and with a more global reach, especially to smaller communities.

E-mail Shan!