Diversity Champions Award Recipients 2016

Wyndham Worldwide

Wyndham Worldwide is very proud of our diverse workforce of over 600 associates. Our diversity and inclusion initiatives offer a variety of opportunities for our associates to be a valued individual contributor or work beside others with common interests.
We are committed to our core values - “Act with Integrity, Respect Everyone Everywhere, Provide Individual Opportunity and Accountability and Support our Community”. These values permeate through our recruitment initiatives, associate relations, policies, programs, committees, associate events, supplier partnerships, customer relations, our community and each other. Our goal is to ensure our associates are knowledgeable of our values and are committed to a work environment where everyone feels comfortable, respected and proud to be at Wyndham. We believe that encouraging and supportive dialogue can replace misunderstandings with respect for each other.

Innovatia

Founded in 2000, Innovatia transforms our clients’ information into world-leading knowledge solutions that significantly improve their performance. Headquartered in Canada, Innovatia has more than 600 knowledge management professionals working in four countries across three continents, delivering business solutions to some of the world’s leading Fortune 500 companies.
Our strength is in the diversity of our team. As an international company based in Saint John, New Brunswick, we are proud to welcome employees from around the world, helping them attain permanent residency, and providing assistance through the citizenship process. This helps us create an international culture of sharing customs, language, and beliefs right here in Saint John. All of our employees have one common goal: to exemplify the IPRIDE values: Innovation, Passion, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Excellence. Regardless of gender, race, or religion, we are one team working to create a world-class experience for our clients every day.

TD Insurance

At TD Insurance, we are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where employees, customers, and suppliers alike feel comfortable and supported in all their diversity. 
In our environment, diversity isn’t simply a good thing; it's a business imperative and a material issue. It’s how we can make all our customers feel welcome and valued; attract and retain top employees from the widest possible talent pool; and gain a richer range of experience, thinking and ideas.
TD focuses on the following diversity areas: Women in Leadership, Visible Minorities, LGBTA, People with Disabilities, and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.  Employees volunteer to participate in committees and network groups as a way to educate, learn, support and celebrate diversity in their workplace and the community. We strive to be the best-run, customer-focused, integrated financial institution, with a unique and inclusive employee culture.

Colin Brown

Colin Brown, a 17-year-old senior attending Harbour View High School, resides as president of the student council, but embarks on so much more. Committed to inclusion, Colin is the Chapter President for the Best Buddies program, involving mentoring of special needs students. Colin was co-videographer of PRUDE’s PEACE March to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and part of PRUDE’S awareness campaign. He has also worked with groups like Imperial Theatre in promoting Intergenerational Nights. Colin promotes True Sport in his community, which focuses on 7 main principles, one of which is “Include Everyone.” This means that all athletes, coaches and spectators are encouraged to share sport with others, regardless of creed, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or ability. Colin is a youth basketball coach, he created a youth community program and he’s a volunteer in his church, a soup kitchen and with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Bill Consolvo 

Bill Consolvo is the Co-Owner of Consolvo Bikes with retail stores at Parkway Mall in Saint John and Mountain Rd in Moncton. He has been involved with the Saint John Bike Share since it’s founding in 2014. Saint John Bike Share collects donated bikes, rehabilitates them and gives them to Saint Johner’s who are unable to afford a bike. At a bike giveaway later this month, we will give away our 30th Bike. The need for bikes intensified with the influx of Syrian Refugees this year. In addition to preparing bikes for giveaways, Bill has been one of the several volunteers operating “Tune Up Tuesdays” in the Crescent Valley Neighborhood. Anybody who needs a flat tire repaired or adjustments made can come to “Tune up Tuesday”. If you drive through Crescent Valley today you will see children and adults riding bikes like a scene out of the 1950’s!
The Bike Share, through a Grant from the Youth Employment Program recently hired Mohammad Younes to help operate the program. The efforts to create and maintain the Bike Share could not have happened without the help of many volunteers. Special Thanks goes to the Bike Share Committee; Craig Campbell, Anne Driscoll, Anne Barrett, Joanne Barry, Debbie McLeod, Sharon Fournier, Wayne Arrowsmith, Jocelyn McIntyre, Shirley Stein and Eva Feddery. Thanks also goes to Ron Wilson and Jason Burry. Funding has come from Pro Kids, The Economic & Social Inclusion Corporation (Barry Galloway), NB Sports & Recreation Branch (Greg Evans), City of Saint John Leisure Services Department (Greg Cutler), Social Development (Mark Stanley) and Post Secondary Education and Labour (Paul Graham).

​Trevor Shea

​Trevor Shea grew up in Rothesay, New Brunswick where he now lives with his wife Jenny and two children, Logan and Julia.  During his youth, Trevor was fortunate enough to have an aunt with cerebral palsy which gave him the opportunity to become quite skilled at wheelchair tricks.  He also learned the importance of embracing individual differences, such as physical handicaps, to appreciate the value of all people.  
After being educated at UNBSJ, UNB Fredericton and the University of Cambridge, Trevor found work as a guidance counsellor at Rothesay Park and Macdonald Consolidated schools. These days, he is grateful for community allies such as P.R.U.D.E who support the school district’s commitment to inclusion and a positive learning environment for all students.  This cultural inclusion extends not only to young people from various countries and ancestries, but also to “micro-cultures” in the school such as “youth with more or less money”, “youth with specific interests” and “students with a given personality”.  It is Trevor’s hope that all his students learn to appreciate the value and strength of diversity.

Kyungpo (Julia) Park

Kyungpo (Julia) Park is the owner and manager of Thai Pho Uptown, with her husband Dave Kwon, and has developed her business over the past eight years. Prior to opening her restaurants, she ran a business in the education industry back in Korea.
Julia immigrated to Canada nine years ago with her husband and two children. She came here for better education opportunities for her children. She believed in giving them the chance to develop not only their English skills, but also their personal interests. After arriving and starting a restaurant, she realized the business environment here in Canada provided her with many opportunities and she decided to grow her business in Saint John.
One of Julia’s goals at Thai Pho Uptown is to provide everyone with fresh, healthy meals that make them happy. She enjoys working with the public and meeting many new people from the Saint John community.

RBC Royal Bank 

RBC Royal Bank is Canada’s largest bank and we provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. Our purpose is to help our clients thrive and communities prosper, and we support a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. RBC is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion because we believe they enrich societies and drive economic prosperity. Simply having Diversity is interesting. Doing something with it is powerful. RBC’s approach includes fostering inclusion, leveraging diversity of thought and the principals of human equity. This is looking a person as a whole – not just their education, physical characteristics, cultural background or work experience, but how all the elements work together.
Diversity and inclusion represent incredible business and economic potential. Innovation is spurred by different perspectives. With demographic and population shifts, globalization, advances in technology and communications, we believe diverse perspectives linked in common purpose can drive innovation and growth for companies and economies around the world. Diversity Works here because across our company we know it’s the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.

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