How we started
We started in April 2005 with five DEI professionals who worked in the human services sector in Peel. They came together to provide support, professional development, networking and an infrastructure for those working in DEI and to pave a path for their organizations and others.
As we began the work and growth of our collective network, we received initial funding from Human Resources Skills Development Canada and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Indispensable support came from community partners including the Social Planning Council of Peel, Peel District School Board, United Way of Peel Region and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel.
Our work gained momentum over the next years. In May 2012, we celebrate another milestone when we incorporated as a federal non-profit charitable organization.
In 2017, RDR launched Peel150 Celebrating and Empowering Diverse Communities – as part of the Canada150 celebrations.
We have grown and so has the impact of our work. Today, we’re known across Ontario and Canada as go-to experts on DEI training, community building and capacity building.
Today, we are known for our leadership on championing the Diversity & Inclusion Charter. Now, with more than 100 signatory organizations, the Charter is a key way we’re building capacity and support for diversity and inclusion in communities and society.
Some of our signature programs and services:
- Annual Centring Diversity for Workplace Equity conference
- Tough Questions Café — community-based events to engage and build capacity on important and timely issues
- Journal of Promising Practices on Diversity and Equity
- Steps to Organizational Equity – training program for non-profit, government and corporate organizations
- Community Leadership Program – leadership coaching and develop program for community DEI ambassadors
- Building DEI in Leadership – training program piloted in municipalities across Ontario