This year, Pride Toronto is embarking on the development of a 3-year strategic plan that identifies strategic directions, goals and priorities to guide the work of the organization.
In the summer of 2021, a Request for Proposal was made for consultants to work on this strategic plan with Pride Toronto’s Strategic Planning Committee, composed of four Board members, two staff members and one community member. Upon reviewing all candidates and conducting interviews, the Strategic Planning Committee chose the joint proposal from Elevate Equity and REFLEX Urbanism to move this initiative forward.
Elevate Equity is Toronto’s first trans-led organization promoting employment equity for racialized trans and nonbinary communities. Their programming, services, and work is specifically catered to facilitating practises for organizations prioritizing trans-affirming environments. Our lead co-facilitator, Karibu Ramos (they them), is a firm believer in the need to engage in innovation as an avenue to workplace transformation and takes a non-traditional approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).
REFLEX Urbanism is a queer and trans-led practice that is particularly interested in organizations seeking equity in their everyday operations and long-term visions, helping them to develop on a community-driven and place-based approach. Our lead co-facilitator, Darian Razdar, brings 8 years of strategic planning, research and facilitation experience for equity-seeking organizations.
We know that with intersectionality and intentionality we can expect our beautifully diverse communities to engage meaningfully. This means that the Strategic Planning engagement process includes multiple avenues for community members to share their voices. The timeline for the strategic plan is as follows:
- Planning: August 2021 – September 2021
- Consultation and Engagement: October 2021
- Community Survey
The Community Survey will be open for our 2SLGBTQ+ community members to respond to a set of strategic questions. All submissions will be reviewed by 3rd-party consultants. Your responses will be confidential and anonymous. Please complete the community survey online at PrideToronto.com/CommunitySurvey
- Virtual Input Boxes
We invite you to submit your feedback to Pride Toronto’s Virtual Input Boxes. For voicemail input, simply dial 416-927-7433 x112. For email input, send an email to [email protected]. We encourage community members to use the Virtual Input Boxes as an alternative way to respond to the Community Survey. Please note that you may record your responses as audio (.mp3) or video (.mp4) files and submit these via email. All submissions will be reviewed by 3rd-party consultants. Your responses will be confidential and anonymous.
- Community Pop Ups
We are so excited to be partnering with Glad Day Bookshop and The 519 for our in-person Community Pop-Ups! You are cordially invited to grace us with your presence, and contribute your unique perspectives, on: Thursday October 21st, 2021 from 3:00PM-6:00PM at Barbara Hall Park and on Sunday October 24th, 2021 from 3:00PM-6:00PM at Glad Day Bookshop
- Town Hall
The Town Hall will be an in-person visioning session where our community members are invited to envision Pride Toronto’s future. Using arts-based practices, get your creative juices flowing as we map our collective approaches to a future of intersectional recovery and transformation. Please join us for the Town Hall at the Pride Toronto offices on Wednesday October 27th from 4pm – 7pm. ASL will be provided. Due to COVID-19 and the Town Hall’s indoor setting, each individual or pod will have 30 minutes to make their way through visioning activities. Please register in advance online at PrideToronto.com/TownHall.
- Community Survey
- Engagement Report: November 2021
- Staff & Board Strategic Planning Sessions: December 2021
- Final Strategic Plan Report: January 2022
- Staff Focused Implementation Consultation: February 2022
For more information about our Strategic Planning Process, please contact [email protected]