Earth Day Canada (EDC) acknowledges that diverse communities possess significant knowledge and skills, and recognizes that there are opportunities to bring all stakeholders together for more sustained and widespread environmental change. By linking efforts and creating resource-sharing spaces, communities, agencies and environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) can build new ways to address complex environmental issues.
The Tapestry Program has two primary goals: to move the environmental agenda forward within diverse communities and to advance inclusivity in the environmental sector.
To achieve its primary goals, Tapestry is undertaking the following program elements:
- Diversifying environmental sector boards EDC hosted an environmental sector forum in March 2014, in partnership with the DiverseCity onBoard – program and the Sustainability Network, to facilitate key conversations around the recruitment and placement of experienced diverse community leaders on ENGO boards so diverse leaders could build awareness of community priorities, share their expertise and support the process of inclusive environmental engagement of all people in Canada. Learn more about our launch forum here.
- Leadership development Diverse community leaders are being engaged in the Tapestry Community Leaders program. Leaders are supported by professional development workshops, resources and mentorship. Participants receive ongoing support by Tapestry staff and their mentors, and are required to deliver a series of environmental events and/or initiatives in their communities. To learn more about our Tapestry Leaders click here.
Tapestry Community Leaders and Advisory Council members at the 2015 training session
Following the Tapestry Community Leadership training sessions, workshops provide diverse community leaders and organizations with capacity-building support on a range of topics. This is complemented by the online Resource Toolkit with themed guides (e.g. fundraising, communications, public speaking).
Jeff Rubin speaks to Tapestry Participants:
In 2015, Tapestry hosted award winning and best-selling author, Jeff Rubin who spoke about his latest book “The Carbon Bubble: Paving the Way for a Greener Economy.” Besides the thoughtful question and answer period that followed, participants also learned more about the EDC 25th Anniversary Earth Flag Campaign and two Tapestry Leaders shared inspiring examples of engaging communities to make the pledge to reduce their carbon footprint and sign the Flag!
2016 Tapestry “All about Funding and Grant Proposals” event.
In February 2016 Tapestry hosted a full-day event, focused on funding and grant proposals, for diverse community participants. A big thank you to our presenters (Sandy Hoang, Manager of Membership Services and Callum Gaskin, Environmental Researcher from the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network, and to Diane Meredith, Program and Community Developer) for sharing your time and valuable information!
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Community groups interested in running workshops for diverse communities can access the Tapestry Speakers Bureau. Speakers bring expertise in a wide range of areas and if you would like to learn more about engaging a speaker for your community environmental event please contact Saira Ansari at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tapestry is also facilitating coverage in diverse community media:
EDC’s President Deb Doncaster attended Cross Roads With Neethan Shan as a panelist. Cross Roads is a Tamil TV Talk show which hosted a 48 minutes program, entitled “Going Green, Earth Day Special”, in April 2015. Our thanks to Neethan Shan, host of Cross Roads and our Tapestry Advisory Council member, for facilitating this timely conversation!
Thank you to Green Life Weekly for your on-going support and publication of articles and interviews, to Ming Pao Daily for publishing a PSA about the Tapestry Program and to Radio Voces Latinas for hosting a Tapestry Leader and EDC staff on your radio program!