Vaughan, the city that speaks 105 languages, adopts York Region’s Inclusion Charter – yorkregion.com

Posted By on January 31, 2020

On the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, for example, one might read something close to home when its headline reads, How a regional municipality in Ontario is setting an example on social inclusion.

On the page, Lisa Gonsalves York Region's director, strategies and partnerships branch was interviewed.

Its not just about words on paper, but rather a commitment to take action, she said about the charter.

We had discussions and engagement sessions with the community to get their input, Gonsalves explained. Those consultations involved more than 1,800 individuals and organizations.

The charter identifies a common commitment to be more welcoming and inclusive, and is a guideline to what each organization will do bring it to life.

One of these successful initiatives is the Places of Worship Tour developed by York Regional Police. New recruits go on this tour as part of their onboarding and orientation program, and now many public servants also have the opportunity to participate in it. During the tour, we visit several different places of worship, meet the leaders of those faith communities and learn about their beliefs. Its an opportunity for us to engage with the faith community and understand each other better.

1ST ON GENDER DIVERSITY

In March last year, Vaughan became the first Canadian municipality to sign the Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity, said Bevilacqua, dubbing it a public commitment to promote the values of diversity, equality and inclusion.

Additionally, Vaughan has added months to celebrate different heritages.

Our Heritage Month Celebrations, such as Black History Month, Jewish Heritage Month, National Indigenous History Month and Italian Heritage Month, are recognized annually to acknowledge and appreciate the many social, cultural and economic contributions of our diverse and thriving community.

For the mayor, the citys vision for 2020 is clear.

We will continue moving our city forward without leaving anyone behind. To ensure we achieve this, council will be appointing a Diversity and Citizen Engagement Task Force this year, he said.

Today, we are reaffirming our dedication to this important and meaningful cause. Together, we are creating a bright and promising future for everyone.

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