Are you looking to join the leadership of our Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) committee?
The goal of the WIC initiative is to create communities where all residents and visitors enjoy a sense of belonging, where diversity adds to the social and economic vibrancy of the community, and improves the quality of life for all residents.
We encourage faith leaders, educators, cultural community leaders, Indigenous community members, and youth leaders to consider joining this committee!
Understanding begins with all of us looking inward, reflecting on our own attitudes, and of course, having difficult conversations with family and friends.
- A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources
- 5 Things Allies Can Do to Sponsor Coworkers from Underrepresented Groups
- About White privilege
- Key concepts in Social Justice (full book)
- Books for Children about race and racism
- Anti-Racist Organizational Change booklet
- Ten Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race
June is #PrideMonth in Chestermere and June 22-28 is #PrideWeek!
Read the Council Proclamation here
Since we can’t gather for large events this year, Chestermere’s Pride Committee is looking to celebrate #prideweek with #chestermereprideontheporch! Join in by decorating your porch, sidewalks or windows with some rainbows, submit your photos to the committee at:
Facebook: @chestermere pride
Resilience, Women, and Leadership:
Helping Strengthen Your Commitment, Stamina and Skills to Lead
Join us on July 2 for a free workshop seminar on resilience and women in leadership with Patricia Morgan.
Accepting the role of leadership requires commitment to the cause, stamina to face the challenges, and skills to stay steady and move forward. Too many women wait until they feel confident to say yes. You will be reminded that you are a resilient woman and can choose to feel the fear and step up to lead or lead more in your own way.
Patricia Morgan is often referred to as a Spunky Seniorpreneur. Her ability to provide bite-sized knowledge nuggets for resilience has helped many people emerge stronger after facing unthinkable challenge. With a MA in Clinical Psychology, she has authored several books on resilience, stress management, and women’s issues including From Woe to WOW: How Resilient Women Succeed at Work and Frantic Free: 167 Ways to Calm Down and Lighten Up.
Her leadership roles have included leading herself out of poverty and self-criticism, mother, college instructor, agency director, member of the steering committee of a feminist organization, therapy group facilitator, workshop leader, keynote presenter, president of Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, Calgary, and mentor to hundreds of emerging speakers.
She is a recipient of Global TV’s Woman of Vision award and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers’ Spirit of CAPS award for her contribution to the Canadian speaking industry.
She is described as a therapeutic counsellor, speaker, author, mentor, mother to three, grandmother to five, and happily married most days.
Dialogues for Diversity - Series 4
"The Opposite" - POSTPONED until further notice.
Women, Body Image and Leadership - How are these related?
In this webinar, Cinder Smith, a Registered Psychologist in Calgary talked about the power and influence body image has on women in society these days, as well as women in politics and/or leadership positions.
Style for Leadership - Women, Wardrobes and Winning
As part of the Toward Parity project, Julie Murrell, certified image consultant, joined us on June 4 for an online webinar about Style for Leadership.
Celebrating Black History and Culture in Chestermere
Black History Month is observed across Canada every February. Black History Month in Canada provides an opportunity to share and learn about the experiences, contributions and achievements of peoples of African ancestry.
More than 70 Chestermere residents and special guests joined us to celebrate in this colourful, fun filled evening with performances, music and food!
Daring Leadership Workshop
Attendees joined facilitator, Nicole Owen in part two of our conversation about empowering women to engage in municipal politics.
Conversation Café: Engaging women in municipal politics
A conversation about empowering women to engage in municipal politics. Attendees were encouraged to share their perspectives and any current barriers they are experiencing.
Dialogues for Diversity Series 3
A FREE Paint Night with the theme of ’Belonging’
Dialogues for Diversity Series 2
The Dialogues for Diversity series presented: “But where are you REALLY from?” an exploration in to unconscious bias and microagressions. For more information visit the following links:
The City of Chestermere, in partnership with Rocky View Immigrant Services, the Chestermere Foodbank and the Latinas en Chestermere group invited the community to participate in a potluck style Fall Feast.
Dialogues for Diversity Workshop
The first Dialogues for Diversity workshop was hosted on August 9 and featured a deep dive into the exploration of colonization with guest speaker Ryan "Gitz Crazyboy" Derangé
Pride in Chestermere
June was Pride Month & and June 24-30 was Pride Week in Chestermere!
Our Pride Committee worked hard on some really cool community events including a film screening, discussion group and the Pride in the Park event! They also recruited a bunch of volunteers to paint the crosswalks at City Hall with a couple’a rainbows!
Faces of Chestermere
Most often we do not understand what diversity means, or the discriminations that people in our community might be experiencing. Faces of Chestermere aims to bring awareness to Chestermere’s diversity by photographing residents faces, and displaying those photographs with statistics throughout the City.
Photo booths will displayed at special events like Canada Day and Water Festival. We invite residents to join together in publicly proclaiming their personal choices, characteristics, or beliefs and showcase that differences are not to be feared.
The following papers were prepared by Dakota Rickman, Diversity and Inclusion Intern for the City of Chestermere:
- The Everyday Harm of Microaggressions
- Unconscious Bias
- Cultural Awareness in the Workplace
- Equality, Equity and Reducing Barriers
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org