ABRWG Timeline

  • August 2021 ↓

    The Honorarium Program terms and conditions were discussed, established, motioned and approved. An amendment to the Terms of Reference, capturing the new Honorarium Program was motioned and approved. The Honorarium Program was established as optional for all members.

  • July 2021 ↓

    During the July meeting, the Library CEO advised the group that the Board has motioned and approved an Honorarium Program in principle. The ABRWG would be tasked with identifying the eligibility criteria for members. The ABRWG members requested some time to discuss and final decisions were deferred to the August meeting.

  • June 2021 ↓

    Remainder of 2021 Work Plan was prepared and submitted to the Library Board. This document provided an overview of the deliverables the group would set out to achieve for the remainder of the calendar year. 

  • April 2021 ↓

    The Anti-Black Racism Working Group finalized the Terms of Reference and submitted the final document to the Library Board for final endorsement. 

  • April 2021 ↓

    The Anti-Black Racism Working Group elected a Chair, Vice Chair, and Co-Notetakers.

  • February 2021 ↓

    The Anti-Black Racism Working Group delegated at the February Library Board meeting, presenting the draft Terms of Reference.

  • January 2021 ↓

    The Library Board Chair and CEO met with the Anti-Black Racism Working Group to discuss questions related to the Terms of Reference development.

  • December 2020 ↓

    The Anti-Black Racism Working Group began to shape the Terms of Reference (TOR). 

  • November 2020 ↓

    The first Anti-Black Racism Working Group meeting took place (online). Members were welcomed and shared an overview of the development and next steps. 

  • October 2020 ↓

    The founding members of the Library's first Anti-Black Racism Working Group were identified and appointed. 

  • October 2020 ↓

    Pickering community residents who self-identify as Black were invited to submit their expression of interests, to join the ABRWG.

  • September/October 2020 ↓

    An all BIPOC volunteer community panel was created to support the expression of interest review and interview process, for the formation of the Anti-Black Racism Working Group. The community panel was create solely to assess the expressions of interest, conduct interviews, and select the appointed members. The community panel disbanded once the working group was formed.

  • August/September 2020 ↓

    The Anti-Black Racism Community Survey was published and conducted. Some common themes from the community were a desire to see the Black community reflected in Library staff and collections, and additional programs and events to promote Black culture and heritage year round. In addition to the survey, simultaneously, additional research and stakeholder consultations were conducted.

  • July/August 2020 ↓

    Community partners representing various agencies and organizations that work with Black community members were identified and consulted in the building of a community consultation survey. 

  • July 2020 ↓

    To inform the process of developing the Library's first Anti-Black Racism Working Group, the Library identified the need to consult the community to establish some preliminary direction and priorities. 

  • July 2020 ↓

    In response to community feedback and the community's call to action, the Pickering Public Library Board and Library staff identified a need to create a community based group to focus specifically on anti-Black racism and Library services. Sarah Jeffrey Sheehy, Library Board Chair and Jackie Flowers, Library CEO, issued the Letter to the Community on Anti-Black Racism. The letter included a call to action where people were asked to subscribe to receive Anti-Black Racism Working Group updates. A designated community email subscription list was launched as a result.

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