Whitby Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee




The Whitby Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee  (WDIAC) is responsible for:

  • Providing input to Council on the elimination of barriers for the diverse population of our community
  • Fostering a greater understanding of ethno-cultural and diversity issues and matters within the Town of Whitby through community partnerships
  • Taking the necessary steps to involve diverse groups in the activities of the Committee
  • Providing input to staff in the development of policies to promote awareness of ethno-cultural relations and diversity matters
  • Providing input in the development of a public engagement strategy for the residents of Whitby for the purpose of ensuring discussion and public feedback on current ethno-cultural and diversity issues
  • Providing consultation, research, and report findings and making recommendations as necessary on matters of diversity, inclusivity, and equity within the Town of Whitby

Committee Members

Membership: 1 Member of Council, 7 Citizen Appointments, 2 Youth Council Liaisons

  • Councillor Maleeha Shahid (Mayor's Designate)
  • Kim Evans (Staff Liaison)
  • Mayline Brown
  • Andrea Cecchetto (Chair)
  • Cheryl Frayne
  • Shauna Moore
  • Brianna Nelson
  • Catherine Philogene (Vice-Chair)
  • Ayse Yuksel


Meeting Dates, Minutes and Agendas

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Diversity and Inclusion Webinar Series

The Whitby Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC) are hosting are series of webinars on Diversity and Inclusion throughout 2020 and 2021. Join us for our first webinar below.

Addressing Anti-Black Racism: An Introductory Discussion

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

6:30 - 7:30 pm via Webex.

Join Allison Hector-Alexander, Director of the Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions at Durham College. She will be speaking about what anti-Black racism looks like, allyship and how we can build spaces that heal.

Pre-register for this event at DIAC webinar. A Webex link will be sent to your email on the day of the event. 

Questions for the presenter can be emailed in advance to diversity@whitby.ca


Champion of Diversity Award

The Whitby Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee  (WDIAC) was selected as a recipient of the Champion of Diversity Award. This award recognizes individuals, groups and employers who help promote immigrant success, economic growth, and inclusion in Ontario.

WDIAC has received the award in the Inclusion and Diversity Category. This category recognizes individuals or groups that embrace inclusion and diversity and ensure immigrants and refugees have access to social services.

The award was presented by the Honourable Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the YWCA Toronto.  

The committee was recognized for promoting diversity with programs benefiting both residents and newcomers. Art shows, multicultural calendars, and diversity events increased cross-cultural understanding in the community. Family bus tours and a 'Whitby Passport' program introduced new Canadians to their neighbourhood and connected them to local businesses.

The committee defines diversity beyond culture and race. It includes age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and income level. Representatives of diverse groups attended committee meetings to share their experiences and perspectives. Public performances and community seminars educated the residents of Whitby about the issues affecting different groups.

EDAC Champion of Diversity Award Image

Inclusive Language Guide

Region of Durham Community Trends 2008

Durham Immigration Portal

Diversity Highlights - Whitby

Volunteer with Whitby Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

You can become involved by volunteering with the Whitby Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.  Complete our volunteer application form to get started.