About Us

Phase 1


What is the D&I Charter of Peel?

A regional initiative with the aim of fostering inclusiveness and equity in Peel Region, the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Charter of Peel was created by the Regional Diversity Roundtable (RDR) in partnership with the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (PNSG). The D&I Charter was developed with the vision that everyone who lives, works and plays in Peel region can participate in and engage with their communities in meaningful ways. It is a living document that supports the implementation of existing national and provincial legislation while staying locally relevant. Its goal is to promote social justice at all levels; from our political institutions to our health and education systems, from our businesses to our service delivery mechanisms and our communities.

Phase 1 Overview

In July 2012, the Regional Diversity Roundtable collaborated with the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (PNSG) and their funding sponsor, Social Planning Council of Peel, to manage and implement the Host-Receptivity Project (HRP). Aimed at creating the D&I Charter, this collaborative project was funded by the Ontario Community Builders Program of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI).


The Objective: To develop a community Charter to facilitate the full and equitable participation of diverse populations in the civic life of Peel.


The Outcome: Between July 2012 and March 2013, the D&I Charter of Peel was developed through a multi-level collaboration between community members and representatives from public, private, for-profit and non-profit organizations in Peel Region. The D&I Charter was officially launched on April 18 th , 2013 alongside a Backgrounder and Guidelines resource outlining key issues around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in Peel Region, as well as initial implementation strategies.


Key Project Partners and Team Members







Diversity and Inclusion Champions:

  • Andrew Cooper, Peel Regional Police)
  • Jagdeep Kailey, Peel Multicultural Council
  • Megan Richardson, Region of Peel
  • Michelle Bilek, New Democratic Party
  • Nikesh Amit, Peel Newcomer Strategy Group
  • Nikhat Rasheed, Xettabyte Consulting Group
  • Omnia Helbah, William Osler Health System
  • Paula DeCoito, Social Planning Council of Peel
  • Sandeep Tatla, Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • Varsha Naik, Peel District School Board