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Up-and-coming community builders chosen for DiverseCity

Published in the Toronto Star
Written by Laura Armstrong

Born on the Magnetawan First Nation reserve near Parry Sound but now living in Toronto, Jarret Leaman was an “urban Indian” searching for a way to offer the city an aboriginal perspective.

“I thought, “How can I start to showcase that aboriginal people, young professionals like myself, are living here and doing things?” Leaman said.

His answer? CivicAction’s DiverseCity Fellow program, a year-long fellowship created to hone the leadership and networking skills of up-and-comers in Toronto’s public, private and non-profit sectors.

Leaman, who works full-time as a senior manager of strategic initiatives for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, is one of 26 Torontonians to earn a place in the program, it was announced Friday.

Dozens of Torontonians have participated in DiverseCity since it launched six years ago. What does it entail? The Star asked CivicAction’s CEO, Sevaun Palvetzian.

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