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July 2022 Newsletter


  • Blogs

  • Upcoming events

  • Programs and Initiatives

  • Leadership

  • Volunteer Appreciation

On the heels of National Indigenous History and Pride month, and with Emancipation Day coming August 1, there is much to reflect on and celebrate.


Yet, there are many stark reminders of the need to dismantle prejudice, from a family friendly drag-show cancelled in Victoria after organizers received homophobic threats, to needed policy change to reflect our diverse workforce after 100 Sikh security guards in Toronto were terminated, reassigned and demoted because of lack of religious accommodations.


Read on about how you are helping address these issues through your support, and for opportunities to get involved.


How to Create Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives That Work

A surge in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) efforts within companies, organizations and groups have helped create important change on organizational levels. At the same time, the methods are under increasing scrutiny.


This blog by Rachel Mansell, Vice-President, Operations and EDI expert, explains how to create more effective EDI initiatives.


Toronto Waterfront Marathon

October 16th, 2022

For those who want to take literal steps toward a more inclusive society, you can! Walk or run with the Mosaic team to raise awareness and funds for Mosaic’s programs and initiatives through the Toronto Charity Challenge.


Our goal is to raise $15,000 to help honour Mosaic’s 15th anniversary in 2022. Get in touch with us at for more details!

Peace Patron Award Event and Celebration

November 29th, 2022


Every year, the Mosaic Institute awards our highest honour, the Peace Patron Award, to a person who has contributed to peace, intercultural understanding and dismantling prejudice.


We are thrilled to announce this year’s Peace Patron is Mr. Mohamad Fakih, President and CEO of Paramount Fine Foods, and renowned philanthropist. This intimate event will be held in Toronto on Tuesday, November 29 at 6pm. For opportunities to

sponsor, support, or get involved, contact

More details to follow.


In June, Mosaic Institute’s Next Generation program engaged over 200 high school students grades 9-12 over two days in partnership with John Fraser Secondary School in Mississauga.

Hands on workshops focused on topics Communicating Through Identity and Difference, and Social Change: The Individual and the Collective.


These workshops help educators and students develop foundational skills, and tangible action plans to create change individually and collectively.

One student’s personal action item as part of the Head, Heart and Hand exercise included: "to buy clothing from local brands to fight fast fashion and child labour."


NEXT UP: In August, Next Generation will deliver workshops to 300 summer students at Glendon Campus, as part of Mosaic’s newly established partnership with Glendon College. A special thank you to RBC for your partnership of the Next Gen program.


We are thrilled to announce two new leadership volunteers to Mosaic Institute 🎉

Welcome to our newest Board member, Janice Price, ICD.D. Janice is the President and CEO of the Banff Centre for Performing Arts. Among her many accomplishments, Janice was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2018.


Thank you to Janice for providing the generous matching gift for our Next Generation fundraising campaign!

Welcome to Mosaic’s newest Advisory Council member, Gaëtane Verna. Gaëtane is the Director and Artistic Director at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.


“We all need to recognize and address prejudice from wherever we are. This is a crucial time in our history to sustain and advance the progress made over the last few years. My work at The Power Plant in the art world is not separate from Mosaic’s. It is only together, from where each of us stand, that we can effectively tackle racism, discrimination, and other forms of oppression to create a more equitable, inclusive, and vibrant society. I look forward to working with all of you.”


Thank you Mark D. Swartz, a new Mosaic champion solo-cycling across Canada!

Recent events compelled Mark to counteract increasing polarization, disinformation, acts of hate he is witnessing in our country.


In late June, Mark launched his solo ride, DemocraCycle, from Halifax to Toronto to convene dialogue in community, raise awareness and funds for Mosaic and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.


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