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Join us for our 2022 Collaboratory: Creating Inclusive Workplaces for the Recruitment & Retention of Newcomers

Every year the Welcoming Communities Coalition hosts a Collaboratory for the Comox Valley and Campbell River on a theme that is a significant priority to making our communities more welcoming to newcomers.

Join us online on February 24th, 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. as we explore Creating Inclusive Workplaces for the Recruitment & Retention of Newcomers.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Employment equity
  • Impacts of the pandemic on existing gaps
  • Overcoming unconscious biases
  • Inclusive workplace cultures
  • Actions & recommendations


Our keynote speaker is Ruth Mojeed Ramirez, the Chief Equity Officer of Victoria’s Inclusion Project. A bit about Ruth from her website:

She brings extensive lived experience and grounded expertise to her work in racial equity, diversity and inclusion. Her research, engagement and solutions design focus on an intersectional and inter-generational approach to address complex issues of race, decolonization and gender equity … Ruth is a nation builder and community organizer who has been widely recognized for her role in supporting newcomers and racialized people on the path to finding a sense of belonging within Canadian institutions and communities.

Liz Wootton from Comox Valley-based Human Nature Development will facilitate discussions that will reframe how we think about inclusion in the workplace. More about Liz:

Liz Wootton is a Business Consultant and Leadership Coach, offering guidance on communication, employee engagement, personal effectiveness and values-based leadership. Her mission is to make the world a better place for people in business, not by changing the world but by guiding and supporting change for those people. Her approach to excellence in business is a human-centric one, encouraging people to work with their human nature to get the best from themselves and their teams. She draws from her experience in leadership, business management and organizational development, combined with unique perspectives from martial arts, sports and the performing arts.

We are also joined by Aireen Luney, the program development and promotion manager for the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). She will share an overview of the value of the PNP program to the BC economy as well as tools available for newcomers and employers.

This event is free to attend and will be held virtually. Advanced registration is required.

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We look forward to seeing you at the event on Feb. 24 where we can listen, learn, discuss, and reflect together on what it means to be a welcoming community.

Any questions can be directed to WCC coordinator Julie Keumbehdjian at

The Welcoming Community Coalition’s mission is to make our communities more welcoming for newcomers. We collaborate with partners in Campbell River, the Comox Valley, and North Island. 

2022 Collaboratory presenters








Left to right: Ruth Mojeed Ramirez, Liz Wootton, Aireen Luney


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