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Toronto, March 25 (CINEWS): Ratna Omidvar of Ontario is among seven people who Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced will be recommended to the Governor General for appointment as senators.
Omidvar tweeted: “Unbelievably proud and humbled to serve Canada as a newly appointed Senator by [Justin Trudeau].”
In 2001 Ratna Omidvar was appointed ED of the Refugee and Immigrant Program at Maytree Foundation an organization dedicated to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada and to building strong civic communities.
In 2004, Prime Minister Paul Martin appoints Ratna Omidvar to serve on the External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities.
Last year she was named head of the new Global Diversity Exchange housed at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto’s Ryerson University. The GDX, as she calls it, will do research and exchange information about diversity and the inclusion of immigrants and visible minorities – not just in Canada but all over the world.”
She has dedicated her life to ensuring that Canada makes maximum use of the skills, drive and entrepreneurship that arrive along with immigrants from around the world.
While functioning as Executive Director and President of Maytree, she founded the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and DiverseCity on Board, both of which have been replicated nationally and internationally to deal with the integration and inclusion of immigrants into the workforce and the community.
She is currently Chair of Lifeline Syria, Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (CAMH), The Environics Institute, and Samara.
She is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, and is one of the few Canadians to have received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of German-Canadian relations.
As Senator, Ms Omidvar can be counted upon to continue to make a difference in the places that matter.