Education & Training


Please note, the deadline for applying to the CLP in 2020 passed on 15th October 2019. The information below is for reference only.


Your community needs your voice and leadership!

Apply to be part of the next Diversity & Inclusion Charter Community Leadership Program, a free nine-month leadership training for people passionate about building up our diverse communities.

  • Build on diverse experiences and networks
  • Hone and apply DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) leadership skills
  • Co-create projects to engage diverse communities and promote equity and inclusion


This program may be right for you if you are:

  • a resident of Peel Region
  • passionate about equity and inclusion and want to deepen your knowledge
  • interested in inclusive leadership and advocacy
  • keen to develop a local project to advance equity and inclusion in Peel region
  • ready to contribute to your community, through your work or in an informal community role
  • eager to build your network and skills
  • interested in building on your lived experience as a member of a diverse group or community
  • inspired by the incredible diversity around you and keen to maximize its potential
  • available one Saturday per month to participate in full-day, in-person trainings, and prepared to commit time for collaboration and work between sessions

What to expect from the training:

The training runs from January to September 2020 and includes in-person sessions, some after-hours teamwork and collaboration, and self-reflection activities to be completed individually.

As part of the training, you’ll collaborate with other participants to design and complete a Community Project.

The total time commitment is about 12-15 hours per month over nine months:

  • 7 monthly full-day Saturday session from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • teamwork and personal reflection work (averaging about 5-7 hours per month)
  • 2 shorter CLP events (a launch and closing celebration at the beginning and end of the program)

The curriculum has been revised in consultation with a committee of stakeholders and alumni Community Ambassadors with expertise in diversity, equity, inclusion and community-building.


Key Dates

  • Launch event: Meet & Greet event the evening of Wed. Dec. 4, 2019
  • Saturday Sessions: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm monthly Saturday sessions in 2020 (Jan. 18, Feb. 22, Mar. 28, Apr. 25, May 30, June 20, July 18)
  • Graduation: Community Projects forum and participant recognition event on Sat. Sept. 19, 2020

After successfully completing the program, you’ll receive an honorarium, a certificate of completion, and the satisfaction of co-creating a team project with a diverse group of community-builders!

You’ll also be a member of a network of Community Ambassador Alumni and benefit from future opportunities to build your DEI leadership skills and engage in your community.

Leadership isn’t a title. It’s a way of being.


How to Apply

Complete an online application form (recommended) or download a PDF version (CLP Application Form) to submit by email or in hard-copy. (RDR’s contact information is available here.) 

Applications will be accepted until midnight, Tuesday October 15, 2019.

Only 35 spots are available. While all applications will be considered, our goal is to achieve a diverse group of participants. You’ll be asked to provide some information about how you identify.


More about the Program

The CLP is hosted by the Regional Diversity Roundtable of Peel, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The program is designed to support the goals of the Diversity & Inclusion Charter of Peel and create a network of Community Ambassadors who promote and champion the D&I Charter’s vision.

More information

For more information or if you require support or accommodations in order to apply, contact us by email (Frishta Bastan, D&I Charter Coordinator: or Sonika Sharma, CLP Lead: or by phone (905 232 7371).



  • Do I need to be in a formal leadership position to apply?
  • You don’t have to be in a formal leadership position to apply. You just need to be interested in and committed to developing your own leadership as a spokesperson for greater inclusion and equity in Peel and in your own communities.
  • Who gets to see the information I put in my application?
  • The information in your application form is only available to Regional Diversity Roundtable staff and the CLP Selection Panel formed by project and contract personnel. 
  • Will I need to take time off work?
  • Sessions take place outside of regular office hours, during one full Saturday a month (9:30 am – 4:30 pm). There are two shorter events at the start and the end of the CLP. Teamwork and personal reflection work will be scheduled at times determined by you and your fellow CLP participants.
  • Session Dates: Wed. 4 Dec. 2019 – CLP Launch and Sat. 19 Sept. 2020 – CLP Graduation are shorter events. Full-day sessions are one Saturday a month (9:30-4:30, on 18 Jan., 22 Feb., 28 Mar., 25 Apr., 30 May, 20 June, and 18 July).                                 
  • CLP sessions and events will be held in accessible locations.
  • What if I’m not available for one of the sessions?
  • CLP is a significant investment in time and resources for both the funder and the organization hosting the program. Full participation in the program is a requirement. In the case of an urgent and unexpected issue arising, one session’s absence may be permitted, but we require all prospective participants to review and commit to the calendar of CLP sessions and events at the time of application.
  • When will I know the results of the recruitment process?
  • Successful applicants will be informed in November 2019.
  • What if I will require supports or accommodations in order to apply and participate in the program?
  • We invite those interested applicants who require supports or accommodations to contact the CLP Lead directly for a confidential discussion of your situation.

More questions?

If you have other questions, please contact us by email (Frishta Bastan, D&I Charter Coordinator: or Sonika Sharma, CLP Lead: or by phone (905 232 7371).

Help us spread the word!

Share the CLP 2020 flyer on the web or print and post it up to help us recruit the most diverse group of Community Ambassadors as we can! 

Or you can share the flyer and this CLP Factsheet with anyone you know who would be a great candidate.