23rd Canadian Race Relations Foundation Annual Public Meeting
Tuesday December 8, 2020– 4:00 PM Toronto Time
Virtual Meeting, via Webex
Vice-Chairperson: Gina Valle
Executive Director: Mohammed Hashim
Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee: Moses Gashirabake
Director, Finance and Administration: Arsalan Tavassoli
The meeting began promptly at 4:02 PM EST
Gina Valle, the Vice-Chairperson, was requested by Chairperson Teresa Woo-Paw to share today’s sentiments. Ms. Valle welcomed and thanked all participants for attending the meeting before stating the land acknowledgement. She began by citing the challenging time for race relations in Canada and the many demographics that have been impacted. Specifically, she stated:
Ms. Valle concluded by thanking the previous Executive Director Lillian Ma for her leadership and commitment in fostering positive race relations towards the organization and Canada as a whole. She also thanked Alicia Damley as the Interim Executive Director for bringing new life and energy to the organization, despite the short period. Finally, she thanked all staff and board members before welcoming CRRF’s new Executive Director, Mohammed Hashim.
Mohammed Hashim, CRRF’s new Executive Director, thanked Gina, all staff and board members for joining today’s APM. He described continuous partnerships that will take place during this new transition. He continued to describe his new role and the massive journey ahead, the deep history of the organization and the numerous pillars that are essential to the work conducted by CRRF. He summarized the following achievements of the 2019-2020 year:
Mr. Hashim concluded that the progress towards the Japanese Redress is still ongoing before turning it over to Moses to summarize the financial aspects.
Moses Gashirabake, Chair of our Finance & Audit Committee spoke on some highlights of the CRRF current financial status and standing.
Arsalan Tavassoli, Director of Finance and Administration reviewed the CRRF 2019/20 fiscal year financial state-of-affairs and informed the participants that he could answer to any questions they might have regarding the Foundation’s financial statements and resources.
Gina concluded with:
She wished everyone to be well and to carry strength with family for the next little while.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 PM EST.