(Barrie, ON) On June 29, 2020, Barrie City Council approved a motion, sponsored by Barrie Police to establish an Anti-racism Task Force. Seven individuals have been chosen to work actively with police services, school boards, community groups, municipal organizations, social services, business, labour and government agencies in order to facilitate a stronger understanding of the needs of the City's racialized populations.
Over the summer months, groups and individuals met to guide the process, which led to the official call for applications to the task force in the fall. More than 30 applications were received from a variety of personal and professional backgrounds and experiences. An independent panel of individuals, who are actively engaged in cultural and anti-racism efforts from outside of our community met to review the applications and determine the final composition of the task force. The seven individuals chosen by this panel are active in the community and eager to contribute to these efforts.
Late December 2020, an introductory meeting was held with Mayor Lehman, Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood and the selected members to discuss the importance of the Anti-Racism Task Force and to renew their support of the efforts.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome these seven individuals and look forward to the work of this task force," said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “The work they will do over the coming two years will help our community as it grows and guide our efforts to support anti-racism efforts in our City."
“The work that this group of volunteers has agreed to be involved with will help to identify what Barrie requires as we prepare and plan for a future that is based upon inclusiveness, fairness and community collaboration," said Chief of Police Kimberley Greenwood. “I commend these civic minded citizens and am confident that their collective efforts will make for a more vibrant and unified Barrie."
The next meeting of the task force will be held in January 2021 to select a Chair and discuss pressing issues in our community, as well as look to the work ahead. The task force, City and Police look forward to sharing more information in the coming months as this work begins.
Anti-Racism Task Force Members:
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