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Anti-Racism Action Committee

Anti-Racism Action Committee

In October 2020, an Anti-Racism Action Committee, was formed to oversee the development of a community-based anti-racism strategy. Together, the Committee, Administration, and external consultants will work with racialized communities to identify strategies to address racism within our programs and services and leverage work being done in our communities. 

Goals


The Anti-Racism Action Committee is responsible for the development and implementation of a community-based anti-racism strategy that achieves the goals outlined in the Notice of Motion. As well as:

  • Advise on the development and implementation of a community-based anti-racism strategy
  • Engage with community stakeholders (including other Council Advisory Committees) on systemic racism and consulting on actions that could be undertaken
  • Reporting back to Council upon completion of significant milestones, including: a Summary of Community Consultation Themes; Development of Strategy; and Development of Implementation Plan

Learn more about the committee and terms of references.

Members


Current members of the Anti-Racism Action Committee include:

Nyall DaBreo (Co-chair)

Nyall has been practicing criminal law in Alberta since being called to the bar in 2014. He was inspired to pursue his career because of the many social injustices witnessed by the abuse of state power towards ethnic and racial minorities. As co-chair for the City of Calgary’s recently formed Anti-Racism Action Committee, and as a minority himself, he aims to continue fighting for justice in the legal system and help change the climate of hostility toward minorities. 

Sonia Aujla-Bhullar (Co-chair)

Sonia is a public-school teacher in Calgary and has her PhD in Curriculum and Learning with a focus on anti-racism, diversity, inclusion and equity within education. Her current work focuses on multiethnic and anti-racism community engagement between schools and racialized families and students. She has published works that include critical analyses around the experiences of racialized minorities and women in education. As an avid volunteer and supporter of community engagement, she has organized local and national initiatives within the Sikh community and as a board member of the World Sikh Organization. She is also Co-Chair of the South Asian Police Advisory Committee (SAPAC) for the Calgary Police Service and previous council member of the Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council (AARAC).

Nellie Alcaraz

Nellie came to Canada as a live-in caregiver under the federal TFW program. She holds a BA in Political Science, a BSW, and an MSW. Nellie is an incoming PhD student at McGill University. Nellie has been awarded the Clarice Chodak Social Action and Justice Award by the University of Calgary (2019) and the ACSW's John Hutton Memorial Award (2021). Nellie is an active organizer with Migrante Alberta and Alberta Assembly of Social Workers.

Francis Boakye

Francis works at the Centre for Newcomers. He has over 15 years of experience in  social services and has been engaged in teaching and research in the Social Work Faculty, University of Calgary, since 2008. Francis served as the research coordinator for a national project on Racism, Violence, and Health and continues to represent the Centre for Newcomers on research projects with community and academic researchers on critical social issues. Francis volunteers on several boards and committees whose mandates promote stronger, better, and just communities.

Eileen Clearsky

Eileen is Saulteaux and Métis First Nations woman from Waywayseecappo First Nation. She is currently a Ph. D. Candidate at the University of Alberta in the Department of Educational Policy, Specializing in Indigenous Peoples Education. Over the past twenty-five years, Eileen has worked, as a classroom teacher, with various First Nations communities within Treaty 6, 7, and 8 territory. Eileen has lived and professional experience with direct racism and understands the harm it has on Indigenous people. Her current work focuses on the process of “Indigenization in the Academy” with a focus on anti-racism. Eileen is dedicated to addressing, educating, and creating policy that reflects a more robust action plan towards reconciliation.  

Dr. Christine Giancarlo

Christine is an anthropologist, researcher and senior lecturer at Mount Royal University. Through her ethnographic research and extensive experience with young adults over thirty years, Christine's expertise in cultural competence, intersectionality, healthcare in marginalized populations and family law brings an holistic perspective towards anti-racism and the deconstruction of systemic racism from the grassroots: cause to effect to perpetuation.

Kari Giddings

Kari is a leader in Human Rights, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. In addition to extensive experience investigating, mediating and resolving human rights, harassment and conflict complaints, she has developed multi-year Diversity action plans and built successful relationships with diverse community organizations across Canada. She has developed and delivered multiple training programs and overseen accommodation programming. She is a past advisory member of the City of Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC), the Calgary Regional Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC), and Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative (CUAI).

Lisa Libin

Lisa is a communications executive with a specialty in issues management. She is currently a Senior Vice President at Brookline Public Relations, one of Canada’s leading boutique communications agencies based out of Calgary with clients in the energy, renewable, tourism, consumer and corporate sectors. In addition, Lisa serves as Vice-President of Calgary Jewish Federation. She is the chair of the Federation’s community relations committee, leading the mandate for the community to build relationships with external, interfaith, ethno-cultural and government groups in the priority areas of advocating on issues of concern to the Jewish community and fighting anti-Semitism.

Anne-Marie Pham

Anne is the Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). She has worked with diverse communities and workplaces for over 20 years, specializing in mobilizing, educating and sharing the latest research and promising practices on equity, anti-racism and inclusion. Anne-Marie is an active community volunteer, having co-created various community strategies to promote civic participation, mentoring, and leadership development, especially among immigrants, visible minorities, women and youth. She is the co-founder and active contributor of the Calgary Vietnamese Youth Association, the Asian Professional Network of Calgary, and the Calgary Diversity & Inclusion Network. In 2013, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award for her community service. In December 2017, Anne-Marie was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF), a Crown Corporation dedicated to eliminating racism and all forms of racial discrimination.  

Rishi Nagar

Rishi is the News Director for the Calgary Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation and is a published author on the topic of racism. He is also a member of the University of Calgary Senate. He has lived and professional experience with racism and understands a range of civil and human rights issues, including on the historical origins of systemic racism. Rishi is also a member of the Anti-Racism Committee of the Calgary Police Service. 

Jamilah Edwards

Jamilah has held important leadership positions at several Calgary-based non-profits. Currently, Jamilah is the Executive Director of the Lionheart Foundation. Prior to her role at Lionheart, Jamilah was the first Executive Director at the Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network (CFAN) and the first Community Impact Manager at the United Way of Calgary and Area. In 2017-2020 Jamilah served as a Public Member on Bow Valley College’s Board of Governors. In these roles, Jamilah has gained a wealth of experience in organizational strategy and leadership, community engagement, systems and structural change. 

Ariam Wolde-Giorgis

Ariam is a Community Engagement Specialist dedicated to the social and civic inclusion of immigrants and other equity-seeking community groups. Ariam has more than 12 years of experience with Calgary-based organizations, including sitting as the Vice-President of YYC Eritreans, the City of Calgary’s Inclusion Collaboration Circle with Resilience Calgary and the Calgary Foundation’s Children Families and Youth Granting Committee. She also volunteers with the Foundation for Black Communities Community Engagement Committee and co-founded Black Voters Matter Canada, and supports many grassroots initiatives.

Meetings


The committee has meetings every second Thursday of each month.

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