Written by Kaitlyn Kochany
Published in YongeStreet Media
On February 23, CivicAction presented two awards celebrating leaders, both established and emerging, in the GTA and Hamilton area.
CivicAction recognized Ratna Omidvar with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Civic Leadership for her work on inclusion and diversity in the area. Omidvar is the Executive Director of the Global Diversity Exchange at Ryerson University, where she oversees both DiverseCity onBoard and Hire Immigrants. Omidvar says, “I see this award as more wind in my sails for onBoard,” which connects new Canadians and visible minorities with mentors and volunteer boards positions. “I take this award as a vote of confidence to keep walking on the path that I’ve carved out, and I take it as an exhortation to keep going,” says Omivdar, who says she was “gobsmacked” when she found out she would receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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