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Region announces who will be part of Anti-Racism Advisory Working Group

11 have been selected for a two-year term
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File photo of Regional headquarters. Blair Adams/KitchenerToday

A community-led selection committee has recruited 11 members for Waterloo Region’s Anti-Racism Advisory Working Group (ARAWG).  

“The ARAWG members will play a significant role in helping eliminate systemic racism in our workplace and our services by providing recommendations, advice and information to Regional Council through an Anti-Racism Plan,” Regional Chair, Karen Redman said in a news release.

“Choosing 11 people out of so many applications was a daunting task as many were excellent candidates,” said Jean Becker, Interim Associate Vice-President, Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, University of Waterloo. “It was a privilege to be a member of the dedicated selection committee who made those hard but thoughtful choices.”

Applicants were chosen based on their: history of community engagement; personal lived experience and interest; and experience using an anti-racism and anti-oppressive lens in activities/projects.

The members of ARAWG are as follows (two-year term):

  • Kathy Hogarth
  • Victoria Oywak
  • Tammy Webster
  • Amy Smoke
  • Ciann Wilson
  • Fauzia Mazhar
  • Donna Dubie
  • Geraldine L. Stafford
  • Cheyanne Thorpe
  • Krishna Karur Badrinarayan
  • Maedith Radlein

The group will hold its first meeting in early December.

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