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2018 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellows Application

CivicAction’s DiverseCity Fellows program is an award-winning program for diverse rising leaders in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region (GTHA) who are interested in impacting change in their communities. 


Our region is one of the most ethno-culturally diverse regions in the world where we comprise more than 200 distinct ethnicities, speak more than 140 languages and dialects, and more than half of our residents are born outside Canada. However, while we know that diversity leads to better solutions, broader networks and stronger social cohesion, we also know that many of the important senior decision-making tables in the GTHA do not fully reflect our diverse communities.  The DiverseCity Fellows program is one of the important ways CivicAction is working to address this gap.


The skills-building program strengthens fellows’ leadership skills with self-assessment tools, personalized leadership development plans, and skills-building modules on topics such as conflict management, negotiation skills, emotional intelligence, and design thinking. Past participants have noted that the program has helped further their leadership journey and accelerate their careers, while also helping them contribute to their community in a meaningful way.


Upon program completion, fellows join a diverse network comprised of hundreds of DiverseCity alumni, mentors, and city-builders.


Who should apply?

  • Talented and engaged individuals with a track record of strong leadership and/or community engagement who have a minimum of 5 years professional and/or volunteer experience.
  • Creative problem-solvers who are ambitious, results-oriented, collaborative, empathetic and inclusive.
  • Rising leaders in all industries/sectors with a desire to make our region a better place to live and work.
  • Diverse individuals of all ethno-cultural backgrounds, religions, genders, and abilities from communities across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. 



The deadline to apply for CivicAction's DiverseCity Fellows is 5:00PM (EST) on Friday, October 20th, 2017.


Please complete the following online application form and ensure that you upload the following documents in PDF format at the end: 

*If you are self-employed or unemployed, both Recommendation Forms can be completed by a personal reference. 

When completing the application form, please answer the questions based on your professional, volunteer and lived experiences. Please ensure that your answers stay within the word limit. 


For more information please visit leadership.civicaction.ca  or email Seher Shafiq, Program Manager – DiverseCity Fellows at seher.shafiq@civicaction.ca.

If you have trouble using or accessing the online system and require a different format, please let us know. 

Not sure which regional municipality you live/work in? Take at a look at this map of the GTHA.

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Demographic Data

This data is collected to ensure we are targeting a diverse range of participants who represent various demographics. The information requested will be only used for internal purposes and will not be publicly distributed. 


Please ensure that all required documents are completed and uploaded in PDF format in the section below. 

The Recommendation Form is available for download here

Applicant Confirmation and Declaration

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