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. 


The Anti-Racism Action Committee will advise Council and provide leadership on developing and implementing a community-based anti-racism strategy. The Committee will monitor emerging community opportunities and challenges related to racism; identify systemic barriers to accessing City of Calgary programs and services; and recommend opportunities to work with community partners and organizations to address structural racism.

The Anti-Racism Action Committee will be responsible for the following:

  1. Advising  and providing leadership on the development and implementation of a community-based anti-racism strategy;
  2. Identifying systemic barriers to accessing City of Calgary programs and services;
  3. Identifying intersecting oppressive systemic barriers to access information about City of Calgary programs and services; 
  4. Identifying opportunities to work with community partners and organizations, as well as The City of Calgary, on actions to address structural racism on a community-wide level;
  5. Engaging and collaborating with community stakeholders (including other Council Advisory Committees) on systemic racism and actions; 
  6. Reporting back to Council through regular updates to the Community Development Committee, including upon completion of significant milestones, such as Community Consultation; Strategy Development; and Implementation Plan; and
  7. Enhancing Council collaboration and interfacing with Council and Administration on emerging systemic racism issues.


Current members of the Anti-Racism Action Committee include:

Rinad Al Adani (Co-Chair)

Nellie Alcaraz

Nellie Alcaraz came to Canada as a live-in caregiver under the federal TFW program. She holds a BA in Political Science, a BSW, and a MSW. Nellie is a 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.

Dr. Sonia Aujla-Bhullar

Dr. Sonia Aujla-Bhullar is a Canadian scholar, researcher, and educator in Calgary, Alberta. She holds a BA in International Development Studies, a Master's in Educational Contexts, and a PhD in Curriculum and Learning. As a public school teacher and published author, Dr. Aujla-Bhullar has studied and researched the unique aspects and challenges of inclusion and diversity within Canada through an understanding of post-colonial and critical race theory in education. Her past and present work focus on anti-racism as an institutional practice and applications of diversity, inclusion, and equity between schools and racialized communities. As an advocate within community spaces, she is a board member of the World Sikh Organization (WSO) and Co-chair of the City of Calgary's Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC). Her passion and commitment to inclusion and anti-racism are rooted in her desire to create an equitable society that benefits future generations, including her three young children.

Jan Bradley

Joshua Chan

Joshua is a new immigrant from Hong Kong. Currently, he is studying for a BA in Political Science at the University of Calgary. The diversity and equity within Canada made him feel at home. Since then, he has engaged in community work to contribute to society. Joshua was an active member of MP Jasraj Singh Hallan's Youth Advisory Council, which addressed structural racism through policymaking. Joshua serves on the Refugee Student Board (RSB) at the University of Calgary. He feels a strong personal conviction to change his beloved city and school, so they have more inclusive, diverse, and equal environments. Joshua obtained a certificate from the Indigenous Relations Training Program, which gives insight and background on the relations between Indigenous peoples and immigrants. 

Eileen Clearsky

Eileen is a Saulteaux and Métis First Nations woman from Waywayseecappo First Nation. She is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta in the Department of Educational Policy, Specializing in Indigenous Peoples Education. Over the past 25 years, Eileen has worked, as a classroom teacher, with various First Nations communities within Treaty 6, 7, and 8 territories. Eileen has lived-experience with racism and understands its harm to 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 toward reconciliation.  

Stuart Dalgliesh

Stuart is a long-serving City of Calgary employee, joining The City in 1988 as an intern, holding several roles over the years, and now serving as Planning & Development Services General Manager.  He holds a finance-based Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, an Advanced Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration, and is both a professional accountant and assessor.


His personal and work lives and experiences have fueled his commitment to better understanding biases, becoming a more inclusive person and leader, and advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in our community and Corporation.


Stuart believes that we are a stronger, more resilient, and competitive city when we design and build equity and inclusion into our community plans, our infrastructure, our public spaces, our practices and thinking, and our customer service.  He takes great pride in being a City employee and believe that there is no greater honour than building and serving an inclusive city.

Jamilah Edwards

Jamilah has held leadership positions at several Calgary-based nonprofits. Currently, Jamilah is the Executive Director of the Lionheart Foundation. In 2021, Jamilah served as the interim Executive Director of ActionDignity Society.  Before these roles, 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. From 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.

Abiyu Hailemariam

Before immigrating to Canada, Abiyu had extensive research and teaching experience in a post-secondary institution. Currently, he works as a Settlement Worker in School (SWIS) with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY). CBFY is a service provider partnered with the Calgary Board of Education and the Catholic School District. As a SWIS worker, Abiyu works closely with schools to help newcomer youth settle and integrate into their new schools and communities. He has developed and delivered various presentations to youth and their parents to help them navigate their settlement journey and system. Advocating for newcomer youth is an integral part of Abiyu's daily work. To create a welcoming and inclusive school environment, he designed and successfully implemented a project aimed at raising awareness of the issues of refugees among Canadian-born students. Abiyu has lived-experience with racism and discrimination. He also hears from clients about the discrimination and prejudice they face. Abiyu is a committed community member who takes opportunities to involve in initiatives that address race-based discrimination and promote a culture of equity.

Iftu Hargaaya

Iftu Hargaaya (she/her) is an educator, peer supporter, and community organizer with 10+ years of teaching and developing curricula in intercultural communication, anti-racism, mental health, and anti-oppressive education.  Currently, Iftu works as an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Instructor at Bow Valley College. She is also a Peer Supporter at Peer Support Space. She provides one-on-one non-clinical support using abolitionist, trauma, and culturally responsive care approaches. Before her current roles, Iftu was the Co-Founder and Education/Workshop Lead at The Colour Factor, a nonprofit organization focused on providing cultural healing events led by and for Indigenous, Black, and Racialized communities in Calgary. Outside work, Iftu enjoys volunteering in community-building initiatives such as The Oromo Community of Calgary, AB Oromo Professional Network, and Sayyoo Innovation.


Rosalinda Hernandez

Lisa Libin

Lisa is a communications executive with a specialty in issues management. She is currently Managing Director 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 President of Calgary Jewish Federation, the umbrella organization for Calgary’s Jewish institutions with the goal of improving the lives of the most vulnerable community members, combating antisemitism, and assisting with providing security to our community and proactively promoting Jewish culture and history throughout our city. This is Lisa’s second term on the Anti-Racism Action Committee.

Emmanuel Owusu (Co-Chair)

Emmanuel is a senior manager who works in Human Rights, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He was an instructor in the Law and Society program at the University of Calgary. He also worked with the Yukon Human Rights Commission. A significant part of his work addressed systemic racism.  Currently, Emmanuel serves as a member of the University of Calgary Senate and previously served as a member of the Bowmont Youth Justice Committee. 

Anne-Marie Pham

Anne-Marie is the CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). She has worked with diverse communities and workplaces for over 25 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. She has co-created various community groups and strategies to promote civic participation, mentoring, and leadership development, especially among immigrants, visible minorities, women, and youth. In 2013, she received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee award for community service. In 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.