by Linda Hill and Janice Maxwell
What if you arrive in your classroom one morning to find that everything is the same as it has always been except for one change? What if no one in your classroom (absolutely no one) is reacting to disabilities and other differences as problems? What if, everyone (absolutely everyone) is now welcoming and accepting diverse abilities and all other differences as valuable gifts that enrich the classroom, the school, and the wider world?
These questions are answered in our new chapter, “Education Assistants as Inclusive Leaders in Classrooms” published in a groundbreaking new resource,
The Role of an Education Assistant: Supporting Inclusion.
Each chapter offers guidance and insight to anyone who wants to become an inclusive and welcoming education assistant or educator of any kind.
Submitted by Stanley Daniels
(Stanley Daniels participated in his first Inclusive Leadership Adventure 14 years ago, at age 14. He returned for Inclusive Leadership facilitator training in 2015 and again in 2017. He has been a strong supporter of the ILC ever since. Stanley is an elected member of Canim Lake Band Council, a chemical addictions counsellor and a talented writer about social concerns). The ILC is thankful to Stanley for going to Surrey, BC to attend this Canadian Heritage News Conference on behalf of the ILC).
Today I got to meet Canadian Federal Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan. The federal government announced an additional 3.5 million dollars in funding in support of in support of multiculturalism, community activities and events, youth programs and anti-racism initiatives. Continue reading
Submitted by Victor Ivoke
(Nigeria is home to over 250 ethnic groups, with over 500 languages, and great diversity of geography, customs, religion, and life circumstances. Students, parents, politicians, farmers, business owners, artists, youth workers, teachers and other emerging and experienced leaders throughout Nigeria are engaged in the triple challenges of building bridges to equality, building peace and addressing climate change. The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative is contributing to Inclusive Leadership development in Nigeria through Inclusive Leadership Online Education.)
My name is Victor Ivoke. I am a Nigerian and I live and work in Abuja. I have just rounded off my Masters Degree in Society and Development Studies. I work for a faith based organization that is pan- African and I hope to sharpen my leadership abilities for global impact.
Through this online quest to “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential” I am being exposed to life time lessons that will help me renew my mind, influence others and transform my community starting with my immediate circle of influence. Continue reading
submitted by Claudia Sanchez
(First posted in Dec 2018, Claudia shares how impactful taking the ILC on-line course was for her. Enjoy!)
Here I am participating in “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential” online. I feel gratitude for the community we are co-creating and have really enjoyed the journaling, writing and reflecting activities in this course. I feel so attracted to Anti-discrimination First Aid and Skills for Connecting with Differences, especially the skill of relaxing. Continue reading
How do Inclusive Leaders contribute to our communities in ways that “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”? (United Nations SDG 4).
How do Inclusive Leaders “provide all, especially children and youth, with educational opportunities that empower them to contribute actively to sustainable development”? (Earth Charter).
This post was collaboratively written by Inclusive Leaders from around the world who spent two months sharing leadership on a guided online group expedition: Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential. Continue reading
Speaking out to Request the Government of Quebec Review Bill 21.
Submitted by Silvia Mangue Alene.
(Silvia is the founder of Kulea Culture, a non-profit society located in Victoria, BC focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. Kulea Culture’s mission is to raise awareness about and reduce ethno-racial discrimination, prejudice and stereotyping through education, lectures, presentations, workshops, exhibitions, cultural exchange and research).
Inclusive Leadership to me means to include everyone in your leadership by listening to what others have to say and considering their points of view. Leading inclusively is to share not only your knowledge and time but also your vulnerabilities in ways that allow people to see your differences as gifts. Inclusive leaders encourage and elevate and invite others to join and to bring their differences. Inclusive leaders are compassionate, caring, smart and are wiling to serve and to give. And last but not least Inclusive Leadership is satisfactory and fulfilling.
My main goal for taking the “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential” online course is to learn to communicate with care and compassion: Practice, practice and more practice. After participating in the Anti-Discrimination First Aid Module, “Chardi Kala” became my new motto. According to Canadian Member of Parliament Jagmeet Singh, Chardi Kala means rising spirits and a positive outlook in the face of hopeless odds and despair. I do believe that there is no other way to see the other if it is not with love. And this is something that I need to practice and I will be practicing until my last days.
Victoria Councillor, Sharmarke Dubow.
Photograph By ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST
Communicating with care in all aspects includes political care too. This is a transcript from a speech that I gave to Victoria City Council on July 11, 2019 in which I communicated with care about Quebec’s Bill 21 that was passed on June 17, 2019. Six of us presented (including Victoria Councillor, Sharmarke Dubow). It was a great moment for me as I have never done anything like that. I hope that more cities in Canada can speak against this Bill so that the Quebec government can review the Bill. I believe in human rights and so I will put myself out there if I am needed. Continue reading
Submitted by Victor Okechukwu Chimezie
I am Victor Okechukwu Chimezie a 22 year old Nigerian, a passionate and pragmatic Peacebuilder. I’m so delighted to be here in the Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential online course. I’m so grateful for the scholarship as this course will help me be more relaxed in diversity in my quest to make the world safer and better for us youth.
Part 1 of the Inclusive Leadership course introduces the Earth Charter as our global compass.
For my Earth Charter Action Plan I’ll be focusing on Peace which is Democracy, Non- Violence and Peace.