“Passionate and committed” candidates wanted for Pickering Anti-Black Racism Taskforce

Published February 1, 2023 at 2:21 pm

The City of Pickering is seeking “passionate and committed” residents and stakeholder representatives to sit on its Pickering Anti-Black Racism Taskforce (PABRT).

Comprised of up to 20 diverse community stakeholders, the task force works in partnership with the City, residents, service providers, businesses, and other stakeholders to enhance the shared experience of the various Black communities in Pickering.

“The Pickering Anti-Black Racism Taskforce was first established in 2020 to address anti-Black racism and to promote the Black community and culture,” said Mayor Kevin Ashe. “Each term of four years presents the opportunity for residents to apply to sit on the taskforce and lead the critically important work of striving for an equitable, diverse, and inclusive community.”

In its first term, the taskforce made a significant impact in the community and successfully completed a variety of initiatives, including:

PABRT participated in several events, including Canada Day and the Cultural Fusion Festival, hosting booths with interactive activities to engage residents and generate awareness about the Taskforce.

The taskforce also coordinated initiatives and information sessions to spread awareness about the 2022 Municipal Election, profile the Candidates, and promote civic engagement among Black residents.

PABRT developed and implemented a strategy to help support Black youth (grades 9 to 12) in their pursuit of post-secondary education and also partnered with the Durham Family and Cultural Centre to present a special pop-up market – Black Joy Holiday Experience – where local Black-owned businesses were invited to showcase their products.

The taskforce will meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Qualifications include the skills, knowledge, and lived experience required and membership will be sought on the basis of broad interest, understanding and commitment to anti-Black racism in Pickering, in addition to specific expertise and interest related to civic engagement.

Visit pickering.ca/BoardsAndCommittees to apply. Deadline is February 26.

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