City Council approves independent board for Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC)
Hamilton, ON – Hamilton City Council has approved and welcomed a new board in the relaunch of the Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC).
The 13-member board, approved at the February 24 meeting of Council, was recommended to Council by a Community Advisory Panel who began their search in October 2020. The search for a new board comes after the original HARRC project was paused in 2019 to allow for broader community engagement with the aim to re-establish HARRC with a board of directors that will operate independently from the City.
The panel, assisted by the EMpower Strategy Group, focused on ensuring that the recommended board had lived experience, connections to diverse communities, governance experience, and strong skills in the areas of finance, human resources, and fundraising.
Approved Board Members include:
- Alice Mendelsohn – executive board member of Hamilton Jewish Federation
- Amber Dean – founding member of Big Susie’s Sex Work Advocacy Organization and academic at McMaster University
- Ashleigh Montague – entrepreneur and founder of Sisters4Sisters
- Cassandra Belasco – founder of workplace inclusion network
- Desire Yamutuale – post-secondary instructor and Secretary General of the Amitié Canado-Congolaise
- Farhanna Khan – teacher and member of the Hamilton Mountain Mosque
- Jordan Carrier – works in Indigenous student support at McMaster University and a Board Member of the Niwasa Aboriginal Education Program
- Kassia Johnson – healthcare professional and a past board member at YMCA Hamilton
- Kudzie Chasosa – Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)
- Rodrigo Narro Perez – works in instructional design at McMaster University and is a member of the McMaster President’s Advisory Committee
- Roshney Kurian – social worker and youth member of the Hamilton Malayalee Samajam
- Sandi Bell – community leader and directorships at multiple organizations
- Yvan Brochu – school principal and member of the Ontario Principal’s Council
Council also approved an additional $50,000 to be used to operationalize the new board, which is in addition to the $200,000 the City is providing to assist the organization in its first few years of operations.
The next steps for the new board will include working with a consultant (EMpower Strategy Group) to get the new board established, determining budgetary and staffing needs and developing a sustainability plan that will be presented to Council at a later date.
Board Leadership Announcement
The Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of its board chair, vice-chair, and treasurer.
Board Chair - Sandi Bell
Sandi is a former Canadian Human Rights Commissioner and a highly respected expert in employment equity and human rights, with more than 30 years of experience working in public and private sectors.
She also brings decades of experience as a board member, including her time as chair of the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic. Throughout this role, she successfully brought together three different communities with varying governing styles into one entity, hired its first executive director and oversaw its restructuring. Her valuable experience has enabled her to recruit, hire, and work with dozens of not-for-profit executive directors.
Vice-Chair - Farhanna Khan
Farhanna is a respected and active member of the Muslim Association of Hamilton, supporting youth and mental health committees. She holds a master’s degree in education from Brock University and is a certified Ontario teacher working for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.
She also founded IMWELL, a not-for-profit wellness centre that promotes equity and social justice. Farhanna’s leadership promotes mental health, anti-oppression, anti-racism and fosters a culture of equity for people from different multicultural and socio-economic populations.
As part of this initiative, she developed a global forum for multicultural female educators to share their accomplishments, learnings, and raise awareness of and support marginalized communities.
Treasurer - Kudzanai Chasosa
Kudzanai has lived and worked in Zimbabwe, the United States and Canada. His experience in accounting and finance spans more than 20 years across different industries from not-for-profit, financial services, consultancy and technology. He holds a master’s in professional accountancy from Indiana University and several accounting certifications from Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, and United States.
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