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Harbourfront Centre Receives 2008 Diversity in Governance Award

The Maytree Foundation has chosen Harbourfront Centre as this year's recipient of its Nonprofit Governance Award for its leadership and excellence in fostering a Board of Directors reflective of Toronto's growing ethnic and cultural diversity. Harbourfront Centre was honoured at a ceremony on November 12.

Comments William J.S. Boyle, Chief Excecutive Officer at Harbourfront Centre: "Reflecting and celebrating Canada's diverse population has been central to Harbourfront Centre's mission since its inception 35 years ago. We are thrilled to be recognized by the Maytree Foundation for fulfilling good business practices which have energized our organization."

Maytree is a private charitable foundation that promotes diversity in the workplace, in the boardroom and public office, changing the face of leadership in our country. DiverseCity OnBoard, an initiative of Maytree, works to ensure that the governance bodies of public agencies, boards and commissions as well as voluntary organizations reflect the diversity of the people who live and work in the GTA. DiverseCity OnBoard has over 500 candidates on its roster and has facilitated over 200 appointments. Two of Harbourfront Centre's 2008 Board of Director appointments (Mr. Bobby de la Cruz and Mr. Ray Deonandan) were facilitated through this program.

Ratna Omidvar, Maytree’s President, says it is urgent to improve the diversity of Toronto’s public and nonprofit institutions. “Toronto is the most culturally diverse city in the world, organizations should reflect the people they are serving. It is time we diversify Toronto’s leadership. DiverseCity OnBoard is committed to changing who is sitting at the board table of public and nonprofit organizations in the GTA.”

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on its 10 acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. Governed by a 26-person community based volunteer Board of Directors, diversity has always been at the heart of Harbourfront Centre. In the lakeside places and spaces it encompasses. In the multitude of cultures and backgrounds it celebrates. In the creative programming, engagement and entertainment it provides.And in the broad range of people it attracts.

Since the 2006 Statistics Canada census, Toronto is known as the world's most ethnically diverse city (in terms of numbers of foreign-born people within the city). 47 per cent of Toronto's population (1,162,635 people) reported themselves as being part of a visible minority, up from 42.8 per cent (1,051,125) in 2001.

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For Media, please contact:

Bruce Hutchinson - Director, Marketing & Media Relations
(416) 973-4677 -

Sangeeta Subramanian - Manager, DiverseCity OnBoard
(416) 944-2627, ext. 235 -
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