Anti-Black Racism Working Group

Overview

The Pickering Public Library Anti-Black Racism Working Group (ABRWG) is a community-based group, focusing on Library services with a lens of anti-Black racism. Consisting of appointed community volunteers, the ABRWG reviews community feedback and identified priorities and collaborates with library staff to create and implement action plans for improvements and enhancements to library services as well as internal processes. Recommendations and action plans focus on addressing identified systemic discrimination impacting the library experience for community members who self-identify as Black.

Current Members:

  • Romina Diaz (Co-Chair)
  • Teronie Donaldson (Co-Chair)
  • Bernadette Hood
  • Charmain Brown (Co-Notetaker)
  • Marsha Hinds Myrie 
  • Nicole Facey (Co-Notetaker)
  • Samantha Adebiyi 
  • Titi Katibi

Library Staff Liaisons:

  • Sabrina Yung
  • Shobha Oza

What's New?

November 8, 2023: The ABRWG Terms of Reference were reviewed and updated.

August 31, 2023: Alongside the City of Pickering's Anti-Black Racism Taskforce (PABRT), members of the ABRWG and Library staff co-hosted a community BBQ to bring awareness to the International Day for People of African Descent on August 31, in the Esplanade Park. Over 100 community residents enjoyed food, games, hands-on activities, networking, community partner booths, and had a chance to meet the ABRWG. Residents learned about the ABRWG - the history and current recommendations, and had a chance to give their feedback to the library through a community engagement activity. 

February 2, 2023: Members of the ABRWG presented at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference. The presentation, titled: Anti-Black Racism Working Group – Placing Lived Experiences At The Centre Of Redesigning, offered the attendees an opportunity to hear from both the Working Group and Library staff about this collaborative journey. This presentation provided an overview of Pickering Public Library's learning journey and the framework for establishing recommendations from the collaborative consultation work, which has resulted in actionable change in the areas of Client Experience, Human Resources, Collections, and Events.

Terms of Reference

The ABRWG Terms of Reference outlines the working group's responsibilities, structure, and purpose.

To view and/or download the ABRWG Terms of Reference, please click here, opens a new window

Contact

Inquiries and communication to the ABRWG should be directed to abrwg@pickeringlibrary.ca

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