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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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Founder's Blog

I want to tell you about my Mom

Hello –

How does one put into words over 30 years of memories, experiences, and emotions?

Many don’t know that I spent three years at Ryerson’s theatre school. It was a time of adventure and discovery. I still value those experiences to this day.

My Mom always encouraged me and sister to do whatever we wanted. Music lessons, dance classes, scouting or guiding, and participating in the Greely Players were all par for the course for us, and I am very thankful that my parents were able to do that for us.

Mom also was an accomplished painter. I have this amazing milk can by my front door decorated like an old-church stained-glass window.

Because of this, the arts are a subject that I hold quite dear.

Mom passed away from cancer in June 2014.

Like any good son, I had been wracking my brain for ways I could do something special to honour and celebrate my Mom. Unfortunately, I lack the $100,000+ to have something like a new wing at the hospital named after her.

The Doris Tretter Memorial Scholarship for Diversity in the First Arts was born as my way of honouring Mom.

Except I need your help.

Tomorrow we are doing a Thunderclap.

A thunderclap is when many social media users send the same message at the same time on the same day. Unfortunately, coordinating something like this without technology is almost impossible.

So we are using a website, appropriately named Thunderclap. You can sign up, for free, with your Facebook and/or Twitter and/or Tumblr accounts. It takes no more than a minute.

We need 100 signed up social media accounts. Right now we have 52.

Then on Wednesday at noon Thunderclap will release the same message on all the signed up accounts at the same time.

Hopefully, we become a trending topic.

The other way you can help is by directly contributing to our crowdfunding campaign. We have contribution levels for all incomes.

I appreciate you loaning me a few minutes of your time to tell you about my Mom.

All the best,

Peter V. Tretter
President & CEO
Journey to Diversity Workplaces


News Volunteering

Research and Writing Intern – Volunteer Job Posting

Journey to Diversity Workplaces is looking to hire a co-op student/intern to assist in research and essay writing.

There are two positions.

This is an unpaid position and would be ideal for a student wanting to work from home, build a portfolio and gain some great business experience. We try to tailor these positions to the needs of the student and their educational program.

Interns and/or co-op students will be responsible for assigned activities and need to be able to complete assignments with minimal supervision. The student will also be expected to attend any meetings and events.


  • Self-starter, motivated to succeed and has a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Knowledgeable about area of focus
  • Knowledge in APA style
  • Creativity skills are essential
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Proficient in Libre Office and it’s word/spreadsheet/powerpoint equivalents

Salary: Unpaid
Shift required: 20 – 40 hours per week, flexible hours
Apply by: 12 April 2017
Starting Date: 1 May 2017
Location: Your home office
Each term we accept two (2) successful applicants.

Looking for a different co-op or intern position? Check out our general posting!

Please include a writing sample with your application!

You may apply in confidence via email or via postal mail to:
Peter V. Tretter, President & CEO
Journey to Diversity Workplaces
65 Cedar Point Dr. Suite 164
Barrie, ON L4N 9R3

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Blog Events

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 If you are interested in serving on the J2DW Board, apply by 15 May 2016 by visiting

Current board Profiles of Diversity

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!

Current board Profiles of Diversity

Profiles of Diversity -:- Lucas Woodcock

Lucas_Woodcock_2Profiles of Diversity is a series in which we profile in each post one of the members of our Board of Directors.

Today’s member is Lucas Woodcock.

Lucas is the Treasurer on the Board.

By day he is a team leader at a local call centre. Lucas says his greatest strength is the ability to analyze others, and to find their strengths and weaknesses.

Lucas’s most favourite hobby is playing board games. He enjoys interacting with people in person, but he also enjoys the occasional video game.

He got interested in Journey to Diversity Workplaces for two reasons:

  • Peter (the CEO) asked.
  • He thought it was a great idea, and wanted to help others find their workplace happiness.
  • Lucas’ greatest achievement is:

  • Personal & professional success.
  • That he has lived, and loved.
  • In 5 years, Lucas sees J2DW hopefully one of the ten largest organizations in Canada.
  • Email Lucas!

    Current board Profiles of Diversity

    Profiles of Diversity -:- Steven Bennett

    Steven BennettProfiles of Diversity is a series in which we profile in each post one of the members of our Board of Directors.

    Today’s member is Steven Bennett.

    Steven is Journey to Diversity Workplaces Vice Chair, and has been on the board since May 2014.

    Steven is a Disability Support Worker in his professional life. He says his great strength is adaptability. He’s always changing with the circumstances.

    His hobbies are sleep, work, and technology such as computers.

    He joined the Board of Journey to Diversity Workplaces because he is an advocate for workplace change, service, equal pay.

    His proudest achievement is working for Camp Hill.

    In 5 years, Steven sees us having a fairly good member base, and turning our vision into reality.
    Email Stephen!

    Current board Profiles of Diversity

    Profiles of Diversity -:- Caitlin Jermey

    Caitlin JermeyProfiles of Diversity is a series in which we profile in each post one of the members of our Board of Directors.

    Today’s member is Caitlin Jermey.

    Caitlin is the Secretary on the Board.

    Caitlin works in the field of Human Resources. Here greatest strength is interacting, and communications. Her hobbies are being in a Choir, on the Board of the same Choir, and going to the gym.

    She was interested in Journey to Diversity Workplaces because she wanted to volunteer her time towards a cause. Her proudest achievement is graduating from University, and in 5 years she sees J2DW having grown.

    Email Caitlin!