Global networker Celia Sankar, the DiversityCanada Foundation's founder, President
and Executive Director, with Rupert Murdoch, head of the media giant News Corp,
which includes The Times and Sunday Times of London, Fox TV, and HarperCollins.
Celia Sankar is the DiversityCanada Foundation’s founder and President and holds the volunteer position of Executive Director.
The organization was born in 2004 following two cross-Canada tours made by Sankar in which she was able to learn of the dreams and hopes of thousands of Canadians of diverse backgrounds. The challenges they faced spurred Sankar to work towards ensuring that all persons, regardless of background, have a fair and equal opportunity to participate fully in the economic, cultural and social life of Canada and beyond.
Sankar brings to the task wide experience in the management and organisation of community and youth activities. Through her role as coordinator of a national drug prevention program for high school students in Trinidad, her homeland, Sankar was responsible for securing participation by the Trinidad Government Ministries of Education and Social Development as well as the Police Service, churches and community service organisations. She has high-level international experience in the field of youth development, having participated in programs in Israel and Washington, D.C., (organised by the Washington D.C.-based Inter-American Development Bank) on designing and implementing programs to encourage the participation of youth in the economic and social development of their nations.
Sankar’s background is in the media. She was the editorial supervisor of a national newspaper in Trinidad (The Junior Express, circulation over 30,000) published specifically for youth. Sankar, a Commonwealth Press Union Fellow, has a Master’s Degree in International Journalism from City University of London, England, and has worked with international media organisations such as BBC Radio; The Times and The Sunday Times of London, England; The Globe and Mail; The Vancouver Sun; The Victoria Times-Colonist and several others. She also wrote for the global news agency, the Associated Press (AP), and her byline has been carried in online and offline publications such as The Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Forbes.com, and CBS.com.
The author of the Canadian bestselling inspirational book Journey to Joy, Sankar has facilitated workshops and conducted seminars and media interviews on the topic of developing positive attitudes and facing life’s challenges in every major city from Ottawa to Vancouver. Sankar is a global networker who seeks to learn from others and to use the knowledge and experience gained for the benefit of many, or to share that knowledge with as many as possible.
Since inception, the DiversityCanada Foundation has delivered programs and resources to hundreds of thousands of Canadians of all ages and backgrounds from coast to coast, while remaining a lean and agile operation run primarily on volunteer support. Under Sankar's leadership, the organisation has established strong partnerships with volunteers, public sector organizations, the private sector, the academic community and other non governmental organisations, all contributing to ensure diversity acts as a positive force in the development of Canada and elsewhere.
Members of the DiversityCanada Foundation board include:
Ms. Celia Sankar
Mr. Zhu Wei
Businessman and former school administrator
Mrs. Coral Dinunzio — Director
Former member of the Ontario Municipal Recreation Association