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.