Today, Sept. 30th marks the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. As recommended in a very informative communication I received this morning from Amnesty International Canada (below), I have registered for a virtual tour of the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School, courtesy of the Woodland Cultural Centre. It is a powerful walk-through..
Power has no gender. Yet, we are so conditioned to associate leadership with masculine traits. Check your unconscious bias. Avoid diminishing yourself and your capabilities – it serves no one and there’s nothing holy in it! Avoid comparing your weakness to other people’s strengths. Do not be afraid! Never discount the cost of inaction. Own..
For years I’ve had this gorgeous antique glass bottle beside my sink and the original dish soap under the sink, out of sight. Why? It ‘dignifies’ and adds meaning to the simple task of cleaning the dishes. I was reminded of this recently by a colleague who told me he has changed his frequent handwashing..
As I transition from a position I’ve held for almost a decade, it’s time to reflect on my leadership journey. This will inform my discernment of opportunities and help me continue to contribute to the common good through my education and leadership. I first detected my capacity to lead in high school when I was..
It’s hard to say ‘Happy’ Indigenous Day but I’ll say that today is a day to honour Indigenous people in Canada and to continue to work on decolonizing and reconciling our relationships. With humility, we acknowledge the relationship of all living things and with open hearts, we seek to grow in wisdom and respect. We..
#Leadership #womeninleadership #STOPASIANHATE #innovation #socialenterprise We are coming to the end of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen the coverage chronicling xenophobia and anti-Asian racism in Canada. This is important to be aware of and to fight against. It’s also important to recognize and celebrate the resilience of Asian people…
This week I participated in several sessions of the Seeking Justice Together conference organized by Citizens for Public Justice (https://cpj.ca/). The closing keynote was Romeo Saganash who has worked for 23 years on the UNDRIP. His leadership is a testimony to the possibility of change and to the power of persistence and patience in leadership…
I’m of the belief that you can learn something from everyone. Well, I experienced my privilege in a unique way the last couple of days and was reminded of a few important truths. While having my thirteen-year-old carpets replaced and working from home, I had the opportunity to listen to vibrant Afghan music and meet..
I’ve been blessed with faith since the cradle, a supportive family and faith community, and a productive, service-oriented career in mostly faith-based environments. I’ve also experienced my share of hardship – an unhappy marriage riddled with emotional abuse, a messy divorce and workplace challenges. These have all made my leadership more compassionate and empathetic and..
March 24: Archbishop Oscar Romeo, outspoken defender of the poor in El Salvador, was assassinated on this day in 1980. Archbishop Romero was a church loyalist who became a voice of truth to the system he dearly wanted to serve. He was a Christian who discovered that the Gospel supersedes the church. He wrote, “A..