Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable (EDI Roundtable) acts as a resource for the City of Port Coquitlam on promoting diversity, eliminating discrimination and engaging in community dialogue and action. The EDI Roundtable represents a diverse cross-section of citizen stakeholders whose lived experiences promote and enable a rich and deeper understanding and dialogue on important equity, diversity and inclusion issues and opportunities.

2020/2021 Accomplishments

Setting a Foundation

Since the Roundtable began in meeting in the fall of 2020, members have offered their insight and expertise to establish a Terms of Reference that outlines the mandate, roles and opportunities that will point the way to a more equitable and inclusive City.    The year also included the critical work of establishing a safe space for the EDI Roundtable’s diverse voices to come together, build trust and open doors to engagement.

Education

In response to the feedback provided by the EDI Roundtable, training and education for all City employees was implemented in 2021 to provide staff with tools to create and uphold a respectful, safe and inclusive workplace and community.   Further education took place through the BC Human Right’s Commission and the Tri-city Local immigration Partnership’s Anti-Racism Initiative: Dismantling Barriers and Fostering Inclusion.

Anti-Racism Policy
As part of drafting the City’s first Anti-Racism Policy, EDI Roundtable members provided input and lived experiences to give a better understanding of the local realities of racism and the importance of a policy of its kind for the City.

Improving social inclusion
The need for the City to promote the respect, knowledge, and appreciation of diversity and the inclusion of Indigenous and racialized communities in the cultural fabric of our City was a focus for the EDI Roundtable.  This inspired neighborhood development initiatives such as the Little Library Read in Color Program and the inclusion of a greater breadth of diverse voices in events, including our May Days, Canada Day and Port Coquitlam’s first Pride in PoCo event.

2020/2021 Roundtable Members
  • Ali Afzali
  • Aline Alves
  • Diana Barry
  • Jason Bawa
  • Courtney Brown
  • Ronald Callender
  • Abigail Cameron
  • Adeebah Chowdhury
  • Michael Currie
  • Anu Dawit-Kanna
  • Rachel DeCicco
  • Meena Dhillon
  • Anthony Ezeaputa
  • Lisa Flesher
  • Arun Ghag
  • Shelby Hall
  • April Kornitsky
  • Kanchan Lal
  • Ellen Lu
  • Maryam Ostadi
  • Amanda Poh
  • Jas Qualitz
  • Sarah Rehimi
  • Aaron Schroeder
  • Renu Seru (Dr.)
  • Katrina Shelast
  • Hope Taylor
  • Caitlin Whitson
  • Mark Williams
  • Alexander Windross
  • Shauna Zepeski
2021/2022 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable

Applications for 2021/2022 members are being reviewed and will be announced late September/early October.   Volunteer members are appointed by the Mayor for a term of one (1) year with the possibility of re-appointment for additional terms.

EDI Roundtable Terms of Reference

Contact

Mayor’s Office
Tel  604.927.5498
Email admin@portcoquitlam.ca