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2019 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellows Application

The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is a one-of-a-kind diverse global hub. With people representing over 200 distinct ethnicities calling the region home, we have the potential to lead the way in building effective, modern, and diverse communities that work.

But we still have significant and growing challenges in our communities that need to be addressed. These challenges need leaders with vision, who aren’t afraid to think outside the box and reach across the aisle to find solutions that work.

We need leaders who lead beyond. We need DiverseCity Fellows. 

DiverseCity Fellows program is an award-winning program for diverse rising leaders in the GTHA who are interested in creating change in their communities. With a focus on building the leadership capacity of our region, this free year-long program provides participants with opportunities for personal leadership development, while growing a strong network of civic-minded peers.


This 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 from all sectors with a track record of strong leadership and/or community engagement and 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 GTHA


The deadline to apply for CivicAction's DiverseCity Fellows is 11:59PM (EST) on Sunday, September 30th, 2018.


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. 

*TIP* The Selection Committee values both lived experience and professional experience.

Don't be afraid to be yourself! 

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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