Champion of Diversity Award

Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018

Whitby Advisory Committee Receives Champion of Diversity Award

Today, in recognition of its’ ongoing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in Whitby, the Town's Ethno-cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) was presented a provincial Champion of Diversity Award. The annual awards were presented by the Honourable Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, at a special ceremony and reception held at the YWCA Toronto.

The Champion of Diversity Awards, created in 2017, recognize outstanding individuals, groups and employers who go above and beyond to help promote immigrant success, economic growth and inclusion in Ontario.

EDAC received an award in the category of Inclusion and Diversity for its’ leadership and participation in community events that helped celebrate diversity within the community. In addition, EDAC was recognized for its’ New Resident Bus Tour and ‘Whitby Passport’ program that introduces new Canadians and residents to their neighbourhood and connects them to local businesses. Collectively, these efforts are part of the Town’s commitment to being an inclusive community, where all Whitby residents and newcomers feel welcomed and valued.

What is EDAC?

EDAC is an Advisory Committee of Council composed of seven appointed members, a Mayor’s designate, staff liaison, youth members and representatives from partner organizations, such as the Whitby Public Library, Durham Region, local school boards and Durham Region Police Services.

The Committee is responsible for fostering a greater understanding of ethno-cultural and diversity issues and matters within the Town of Whitb It does this through providing input to the Mayor, Council and staff on the elimination of barriers for Whitby’s diverse population and development of programs to promote awareness of ethno-cultural relations and diversity matters. The Committee also works in partnership with a number of community organizations to further promote diversity within Whitby.