Leading the way: CivicAction Celebrates Emerging Civic Leaders and Presents Ratna Omidvar with a Lifetime Achievement Award
Published February 24th, 2016
By CivicAction, CNW Newswire
Last night at MetroNext: A Celebration of Civic Leaders, CivicAction rolled out the civic red carpet for the boldest and brightest leaders in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Now in its second year, the event shined a spotlight on extraordinary rising and established leaders in our community who share a passion for city-building and a common desire to see our region reach its full potential.
“The real city building magic happens when established and emerging leaders collide and collaborate,” said Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction. “Leadership is part of CivicAction’s DNA and we believe in growing strong civic leaders for today and tomorrow.”
CivicAction presented the second Lifetime Achievement Award for Civic Leadership to Ratna Omidvar, who was praised for her commitment to civic engagement. As Executive Director of the Global Diversity Exchange at Ryerson, home to DiverseCity onBoard and Hire Immigrants, Ratna is an important champion for inclusion and diversity in the region. She is also the chair of LifelineSyria, which helps sponsors welcome and support Syrian refugees as they become members of our communities. Ratna has previously been honoured with the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada.
“Authentic leadership is diverse leadership,” said Omidvar. “We must embrace and celebrate the power of our region’s diverse voices to shape our collective future and CivicAction’s work is helping to do that.”