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May 2, 2007
The Maytree Foundation announces Diversity in Governance Awards
The Ontario Trillium Foundation and City of Toronto among organizations commended for inclusive boards

Five organizations were honoured tonight at the first Maytree Foundation Diversity in Governance Awards. The awards celebrate public institutions and voluntary organizations that have demonstrated commitment and innovation in creating inclusive boards.

The 2007 recipients are The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The City of Toronto, Seneca College and Dixon Hall. The York Region Police Services Board received honourable mention.

“These awards honour those who understand the value of diversity as a win-win for organizations and communities,” said Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director of The Maytree Foundation.

Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Mike Colle presented the awards with Alan Broadbent, Chairman of The Maytree Foundation, at a gala reception. “Our province benefits when Ontarians of all cultural backgrounds are given an opportunity to volunteer and contribute their global experience on governance boards,” Colle said.

The awards were supported by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration as part of the Ontario Government’s Volunteering-Citizenship in Action strategy.

Award recipients were selected based on best practices for recruiting, appointing and engaging board members from diverse communities. Successful strategies include well-established diversity policies, outreach to diverse communities, measurement and reporting on diversity goals and professional development of board members.

About The Maytree Foundation and abcGTA

The Maytree Foundation is a private charitable foundation committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada and to building strong civic communities. The Foundation identifies, supports and funds ideas, leaders and organizations that have the capacity to make change and advance the common good.

abcGTA, an initiative of the Foundation, works to ensure that the governance bodies of public agencies, boards, commissions and voluntary organizations reflect the diversity of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

For more information contact:
Sangeeta Subramanian, Manager, abcGTA, The Maytree Foundation
(416) 944-2627 ext. 235 or (416) 268-3095 cell



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