In this post-pandemic world, there’s an ever-growing need for connection, dialogue and forward thinking. Needs among immigrants, refugees, BIPOC, Indigenous Peoples and underserved populations in the community are also growing. At DIVERSEcity, we want to bring people together, bridge communities and industries, inspire conversations and create change for our community and for those we serve. We’re doing this, in part, through several signature events.
DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business was originally launched in 2016 and has grown into an in-demand annual event for immigrant and BIPOC entrepreneurs during Small Business Month.
DIVERSEtalks: Conversations for Change is a panel and speakers’ series launched virtually at first and now held in person, too. The goal is to amplify different perspectives, ignite conversation and have transformative dialogue on issues important to our diverse community.
DIVERSEcity Awards of Impact are our annual awards, held after our Annual General Meeting, celebrating clients, volunteers, community partners and organizations making an impact through leadership, community building, innovation or inspiration.
To honour Black History Month and celebrate Black excellence, we launched the inaugural Black in BC event in February 2023. The free event featured a tradeshow, food, a panel discussion, keynote speaker, music and dance. It brought more than 200 guests from Surrey and Metro Vancouver to celebrate Black talent, cultures and achievements in Canada, while creating space for connection and learning. We are starting planning for our 2024 event in early February.
International Women’s Day has been an important celebration for DIVERSEcity and its leadership for a decade. In past years, we have honoured the day with events, panel discussions and donation announcements to women’s organizations. After two years of virtual events due to the pandemic, in 2023, we partnered with Minerva BC to throw a large-scale in-person Women’s Leadership Forum, featuring a keynote by Her Honour, Janet Austin, the Lieutenant Governor of BC, a panel of inspiring women leaders, a tradeshow of women entrepreneurs and interactive networking activities.
As a registered charity with a 45-year history, we welcome the opportunity to build new partnerships and collaborations with community partners, business and financial institutions and other stakeholders.
“Any organization who wishes to advance equity initiatives, women’s leadership and forward-looking ideas from environmental or sustainability perspectives, need not look any further,” says Neelam Sahota, CEO of DIVERSEcity.
Want to get involved, collaborate or partner on something new? Email us with your ideas.