The Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee is a newly formed group of approximately 10 members of the Allenby community. This group started in Fall 2020 but really started to ramp up its vision in early 2021.
As parents, caregivers and educators, we aim to provide support for parents who are eager to take part in education around inclusivity, intersectionality, privilege, equity, anti-racism and diversity. Allenby teachers and administration do such amazing work in these areas and we hope to foster and create more ways to take these messages home with students!
Our group is working hard to update the DEI section of the APA’s website with resources for families. DEI is working in collaboration with Allenby Administration, and the initiative to build awareness for the UN Day of Anti-Racial Discrimination was recently experienced school-wide. Some of the amazing student work was shared in the APA newsletter last week. Additionally, smaller subcommittees have developed a bank of DEI based interview questions that could be used in teacher/staff hiring at the school, applied for grant funding from the TDSB, and identified an engaging speaker for the end of April.
The DEI committee welcomes any questions by email.
Julanna Vine and Rachelle Campigotto, Committee Chairs
Holidays and Heritage
This year, Holi ended on Monday, March 29th. Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, also known as the “festival of love”, the “festival of colours”, and the “festival of spring”. The festival celebrates the eternal and divine love of Radha and Krishna. It also signifies the triumph of good over evil.
Good Friday and Easter
Good Friday falls on Friday, April 2nd and Easter on Monday, April 5th. Both are statutory holidays in Canada. Easter marks important events in Christianity – the death and later resurrection of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God, and whose life and teachings are the foundation of Christianity. To all those observing these traditions, wishing you a blessed holiday filled with happiness, love, and faith.
Passover continues this Week. For those of us who observe Passover, the Jewish Festival of Freedom, we concluded our Second Seder tonight for the second year due to the Pandemic. The celebration of freedom reminds us to fight on behalf of all who are oppressed and marginalized and to keep the values of Passover all year: free the enslaved, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and support the needy. To those celebrating, Chag Sameach. Passover ends the evening of April 4th, 2021.
April is Sikh Heritage Month
Sikh Heritage Month is proudly recognized at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) during the month of April. This year our theme is Growing our Future: The Legacy of Sikh Farmers.
We are inviting all in the TDSB community, students and staff, to join our virtual Sikh Heritage Month launch to recognize the contributions of Sikh Canadians. Join us for a remarkable afternoon of information and celebration – Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Click here to join.
Latin-America History Month
April is Latin-America History Month at the TDSB. This year’s theme – “(DeColonizing) Latin-America History Month: Learning together, from the Eagle, Quetzal and Condor about our Pasts With Our Relatives of Today” – braids the different elements of our complex and diverse personal, academic and professional identities, lived experiences, ways of knowing and teaching, social positionality and levels of impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join us for the Latin-America Virtual Launch Celebration taking place on Wednesday, April 7th from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Click here to join.
Hispanic Heritage Month
By proclaiming the month of October as Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario, the province recognizes the rich contributions of Hispanic-Canadians to our social, economic, political and multicultural fabric. April is also Hispanic Heritage Month at the TDSB. Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the outstanding achievements and contributions of Hispanic people in the province.