Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Job Posting: Diversity and Accessibility Advisor for the 2015 Games

Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
Application Deadline: September 2, 2011 Starting Date: September 19, 2011

Position: Advisor, Diversity and Accessibility

Job Description:
General Accountability
Support and advance TO2015’s diversity and accessibility initiatives both internally and externally with particular focus on recruitment and workplace initiatives, governance, and employee communications. The incumbent will serve as a resource for the whole of TO2015, and will work closely with internal and external leaders and organizations representing diverse cultures and persons with disabilities from across the province.

Key Job Responsibilities

- Working closely with HR colleagues develop relevant recruitment strategies and programming to support TO2015’s staffing goals to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of the GGH region
- Act as a catalyst /facilitator working closely with recruitment teams to identify and build robust pipelines of qualified diverse candidates for all TO2015 roles
- Use personal network/contacts to reach out and leverage relationships with diverse communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe to solicit high quality candidates for TO2015 vacancies (F/T, P/T, contract, volunteer)
- Participate as an internal resource on TO2015’s Employment Advisory Council, with a focus on gathering Greater Golden Horseshoes recruitment leaders to provide /share insights with respect to their best-in-class diversity practices and policies

Inclusive Workplace
- Conduct workplace reviews to ensure systemic issues and/or practices that may serve as an impediment to effective integration of persons from diverse backgrounds are identified and effective solutions implemented
- Create an environment of inclusion that enables all employees to feel accepted and able to perform optimally, through the establishment of relevant programming, e.g. networks for distinct employee groups
- Identify and deliver appropriate diversity and accessibility training to all internal constituent groups

- Support the Senior Vice President, Human Resources and General Counsel in establishing relevant diversity and accessibility initiatives/training targeted at the Board and Committee Level
- Liaise with leading organizations in the region to gather ‘best in class’ governance practices. Identify those most relevant and suitable to TO2015 and develop plan to adopt and implement

- Support the Director, Procurement in reaching out to and connecting with new business contacts/networks from diverse communities that exist in the region
- Work closely with the External Partnerships and Community Outreach team to support and reinforce their outreach efforts where they intersect with governance and workforce initiatives
- Serve as a formal and informal Ambassador for TO2015 in all matters relating to diversity

- Support the Director, Communications in ensuring that all communications are accessible and relevant to the various communities represented in the region
- Identify opportunities to message to various groups, organizations and individuals who may not otherwise come into contact with TO2015
- Coordinate with the Communications department to provide content for reporting on and crafting communications about diversity, such as the annual Report on Diversity

Type of Position:
Full Time - Employee

Contact Information:
Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
Toronto , ON

Thursday, June 2, 2011

2011 Outgames Theme Song Unveiled

Recording artists Sugarbeach Unveil Theme Song “Come On Out” for the Vancouver 2011 Outgames

May 26, 2011 (Vancouver, B.C.) - International recording artists Sugarbeach and the Vancouver 2011 Outgames unveiled today the official theme song for the GLISA N.A. Vancouver 2011 Outgames on the Outgames website, Reverbnation and itunes.
“We wanted to write a song that would capture the energy, spirit and importance of being an active participator in the Vancouver Outgames/Human Rights Conference and in one’s own life” says Marlee Walchuk, one half of the dynamic duo Sugarbeach.

Barb Snelgrove, Communications Director of the Vancouver 2011 Outgames states, “Vancouver 2011 Outgames are ecstatic about the tune that Sugarbeach has created for the Games, it truly represents the spirit of the Outgames and we are honoured that they are part of this very special event”.

In just 4 years, the dance/pop duo Sugarbeach have released 2 chart topping albums, been nominated for 9 Pride in Arts awards and have won 3 (including Favourite Group and Pride Song of the Year) in the U. S. They have received an Outmusic nomination for Outstanding International Song of the Year from the Outmusic Awards in New York and their 2010 gay anthem, “Living Out Proud” won song of the year and was the most requested song of 2010 on the GLBT Outvoice Top 40 Charts. They are the creators and producers of, the web’s first LGBTQ music video channel.

The Vancouver 2011 North American Outgames involves multi-sport elements supported by GLISA (International Sports Association of North America). A key component of to the Games is also the Human Rights Conference with featured keynote speakers Blake Skjellerup (Olympic short track speed skater), Sara Davis Buechner (Professor of Music UBC and concert pianist) and Steven Glassman (Chairman, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission).

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