Roundtable on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The city’s first ever anti-racism and discrimination group, which will meet regularly to develop a community-driven process and forum for feedback, action and discussion on matters of multiculturalism, systemic discrimination, diversity, equity and inclusion in Port Coquitlam.
The roundtable has 30 volunteer advisors from the community representing a broad range of groups such as, but not limited to diverse ethnic or cultural origins, Indigenous people, new immigrants, LGBTQ2S+, people with disabilities, diverse gender and ages and people living in poverty.
The roundtable will provide input to City Council and staff about enhancing access and inclusion for Port Coquitlam’s diverse communities to fully participate in City services and civic life and provide advice on related matters. One of the first tasks will be working with the city to develop an anti-racism/discrimination policy. The group will also liaise with the Mayor’s Citizen Advisors Roundtable and Cultural Roundtable and share ideas and expertise on current and emerging issues.
The selection process sought a well-rounded group of individuals who represent the community’s diversity and live or work in Port Coquitlam.
The appointed advisors will sit for a one-year term with an option to continue:
- Ali Afzali, Clinician
- Aline Alves, Student
- Diana Barry, Program Manager, Newcomers Program, Vancity
- Jason Bawa, Key Account Manager, 3M Canada
- Courtney Brown, Business Owner, Northpaw Brew Co.
- Ronald Callender, Independent Publisher
- Abigail Cameron, Program Manager, Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership
- Adeebah Chowdhury, Merchant Success Team Lead, Shopify
- Michael Currie, IT manager
- Anu Dawit-Kanna, Human Resources Manager
- Rachel DeCicco, Aquatic Leader and Member of Aboriginal Youth Leadership Council
- Meena Dhillon, Social Worker and Lawyer
- Anthony Ezeaputa, International Business Development with a focus on Africa
- Lisa Flesher, Service Representative, LIUNA Local 1611
- Arun Ghag, Student and Co-Chair, School District 43 Student Leadership Council
- Shelby Hall, Sr. QA Manager, Electronic Arts
- April Kornitsky, University Student, First Nations Studies and Health Sciences
- Kanchan Lal, Museum Coordinator, PoCo Heritage
- Ellen Lu, Student and Weight Lifting Coach
- Maryam Ostadi, Operations Supervisor, Food for the Soul Project Society
- Amanda Poh, Product Designer and Strategist
- Jas Qualitz, Customer Service
- Sarah Rehimi, Policy Analyst, Government of British Columbia
- Aaron Schroeder, Business Owner and Operations Manager, Nutri-Nations Food
- Renu Seru (Dr.), Counsellor/Therapist
- Katrina Shelast, Salon Owner and Stylist
- Hope Taylor, Instructional Facilitator for Basic Occupational Education with Douglas College’s Vocational Education & Skills Training Program
- Jami Watson, Costco employee
- Caitlin Whitson, Grade 10 Terry Fox Secondary Student and Member of Aboriginal Youth Leadership Council
- Mark Williams, Healthcare Worker
- Alexander Windross, Team Lead at Cineplex and Volunteer Youth Leader for the LGBTQ2+ youth group in Port Coquitlam
- Shauna Zepeski, Volunteer and Foster Parent
Resources and Supports
Report graffiti or other problems with a city service to 604.927.3111, at portcoquitlam.ca/report or through the free PoCo Waste-line app.
Anyone who has experienced or witnessed racism or discrimination is advised to contact VictimLinkBC a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-800-563-0808 or sending an email to VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca.
Incidents of racism or hate can also be reported to the RCMP’s non-emergency line at 604-945-1550 or at hatecrimebc.ca.