It might seem ironic that in the same week that the Peel Regional Police find themselves in the spotlight as hearings begin before the Human Rights Tribunal alleging discrimination against a South Asian detective sergeant Baljiwan Sandhu, they are also organizing the 15th annual Race against Racism event tomorrow.
It promises to be quite a fun event to attend with food and entertainment thrown in for good measure, besides it is a great opportunity for ethnic minorities to get acquainted with career opportunities within the police force. There will be an Asian Recruitment Forum that will be held the following Thursday, June 18th at the Mississauga Central Library from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
The Race Against Racism will start at 10 am at Mississauga Valley Community Centre, with registration at 8.45 am, but pre-registration is also available.
The first 500 will get a free T-shirt, a race kit and entry into some special draw prizes.
The race was created to provide “a positive environment for members of diverse cultures, religions and ethnic backgrounds to gather for a day and promote a healthy body and a climate that strongly encourages the positive values of inclusiveness,” says this year’s co-ordinator Peel Const. Mandip Bhamber.
It’s for both competitive runners, and for families who just want to get out for a healthy, enjoyable walk, he said.
The money raised all goes back into the community through a “diversity scholarship. Each October, three students from Peel region are chosen to receive the scholarship. They are selected through a review of applications, and an interview, to find out how they have faced adversity or challenges in the past and how they overcame those challenges.
For more, contact the Diversity Relations Unit at 905-453-2121, ext. 3612 or 3616.