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Spotlight On: Diversity Champions for Change

September 20, 2014 by Speakers' Spotlight

Spotlight On: Diversity Champions for Change

It is through our differences that we realize our similarities. Addressing a range of issues—from physical disabilities, to race, to sexuality—our speakers draw on their unique personal perspectives to illustrate that despite what seemingly divides us, we are all equally deserving of understanding, compassion, and above all—equality.

The Honourable David C. Onley

As Ontario’s first Lieutenant Governor with a physical disability, The Honourable David C. Onley adopted accessibility as the overarching theme of his mandate. Onley shares the leadership lessons he’s learned from his experience at one of the top echelons of government, as well as his message of human rights for all.

Sabrina Jalees

Sabrina Jalees’s comedy has taken the world by storm. Opening for the likes of Russell Peters and a headliner comic in her own right, Sabrina never fails to draw laughter with her shoot-from-the-hip style. Touching on issues that range from Islamaphobia to Ke$ha and from homophobia to the Kardashians, Sabrina shares important lessons she’s learned in owning and embracing individuality.  Watch, laugh, and learn.

Ann-Marie MacDonald

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a multiple award-winning author, actor, playwright, and broadcaster. Best known for her first novel, Fall On Your Knees—which won the Commonwealth Prize and was an Oprah’s Book Club selection—her newest book is the long-anticipated family drama, Adult Onset. Ann-Marie draws on her personal experiences to address the importance of human rights, equality, and diversity, with impact and candor.

Orlando Bowen

One night ten years ago, Orlando Bowen thought he was about to die. Pinned to the ground and enduring a savage beating, the then-CFL linebacker had been jumped by two plainclothes police officers, an injustice which was the first of many laid against him at the hands of the police force. His injuries from the incident forced him to quit the game he loved, but today he empowers youth to utilize leadership skills and talents to better themselves and their community. He teaches many things, but most of all, incredibly…forgiveness. Watch him tell his story.

See more diversity speakers here.