Belka Truong; Janet Scott; Bernie Leblanc; Li song; Mohammed Yessaad; Erica Cantu
How do we recognize & encourage leadership potential?
How do we access newcomers talent that exists in our community?
How do we connect with people who are interested?
How can we empower newcomers to be leaders?
Notes & Ideas
Encourage networking opportunities
People aren’t applying for board positions
Not a lot of diversity on boards
Immigrants don’t know hot to demonstrate their talent
Could send the posting of a board position to settlement serving agencies
Afraid to apply or may not understand that they are eligible for a position
Locals don’t understand\believe in the skills\experiences of newcomers
Need to educate Canadians so they can be more confident in their skills *newcomers
Need opportunity to prove yourself
Need to trust immigrants
Newcomers think thank helping communities make decisions
Recruit newcomers for volunteer opportunities
Add a newcomer category recognition events ex. Chamber of commerce business awards, community leadership awards etc.
Leadership mentorship opportunities
Encourage organizations to hold an open house to explain the role of being a board member and invite newcomer leaders
Create and newcomer think tank to advise city council
Newcomer leadership will help in retaining people & influence change
Project lead: Janet Scott