Sport for Life is proud to announce the inauguration of an internal Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) committee. In alignment with its vision for everyone to have the opportunity to participate in quality sport and physical literacy experiences, Sport for Life’s EDIA committee will drive discussion and advancement for under-serviced groups in sport and physical activity.
“In the world we live in today and knowing how deeply sport and physical activity can affect us all, I think this is a great natural progression of an organization that has already reached so many diverse groups through its programs and initiatives. Having the EDIA committee in place will just take this one step further and allow us to formalize and build upon the great work Sport for Life is doing,” said Ram Nayyar, Sport for Life Board member and Physical Literacy for Life Board Chair.
The committee is led by a group of individuals who are personally representative of and are fiercely passionate about advocating for Indigenous Peoples, people with disabilities, women and girls, the LGBTQI2S community, and newcomers to Canada.
“In an effort to reduce silos and uphold our values of collaboration, innovation, inclusion and integrity, we wanted this work to be charged by passionate people who can identify with the groups who have traditionally been under-represented in sport,” said Kabir Hosein, Sport for Life’s Senior Manager, Operations and newcomer to Canada from Trinidad & Tobago.
Committee members include Annie Lau, Coordinator, Operations; Carolyn Trono, Director, Quality Sport Development; Claudine Gilbert, Coordinator, Major Events; Francesca Jackman, Coordinator, Executive Services; Kabir Hosein, Senior Manager, Operations; Kim Samson, Senior Coordinator, Bilingual Communications & Francophone Development; Mataya Jim, Technician, Indigenous Support; and Richard Way, CEO.
Sport for Life formed the EDIA committee to collaboratively guide strategic direction and oversight on behalf of both Sport for Life and Physical Literacy for Life, ensuring all people living within Canada’s borders are considered and represented in internal and external initiatives. The committee will examine equity and equality of marginalized groups to prevent harassment, abuse, discrimination, and maltreatment in all facets of the organization’s work.
“We also want to give our talented committee members the opportunity to grow and thrive outside of their primary role, while supporting this really important and necessary work,” explained Way. “I’m beyond excited to work with these individuals in this capacity and see what we’re able to achieve collectively to advance EDIA initiatives.”