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How to be a More Diverse and Inclusive Sports Fan

By: James Matthews, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor For those who have grown up playing or supporting a sport, the benefits are easy to name: Sports can open social avenues, networking opportunities and a unique opportunity to be part of a community. But this has not always been the reality for those


How To Be An Ally on International Transgender Day of Visibility

By: Terri Hopkinson, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor International Transgender Day of Visibility is a remarkable concept. For most of history, being invisible was the safest way of being transgender. For some, that meant living their whole lives as a person they weren’t and, for some, it meant losing their lives to


How to Create a Culture of Inclusion at Your Workplace

By: Isabelle Vauclair, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor “Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth.” — Jesse Jackson. While many organizations list diversity and inclusion as one of their top core values, few do enough to ensure their BIPOC employees are set up for long-term


7 Ways to Make a Virtual Workplace More Inclusive

By: Terri Hopkinson, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor For a lot of office workers, this month marks one year of working from home due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. It was a steep learning curve this time last year to get employees up and running with remote work but there is still


Vancouver Immigration Summit: Reducing Poverty for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The Vancouver Immigration Summit provided an opportunity for refugees, asylum seekers, policy makers and community groups to identify the multiple barriers facing refugees and asylum seekers living in poverty and propose actions to inform the three levels of government in developing strategies for poverty reduction. Underlying the summit design were several principles



Effective Leadership for Modern Governance The Vancouver-based Laurier Institution is partnering with Ryerson University to bring a national program called DiverseCity onBoard to the Metro Vancouver area. The program was developed in the Greater Toronto Area in 2008 by the Maytree Foundation and is now operated out of the  G. Raymond Chang


Honoring the Founder of The Laurier Institution, Milton K. Wong

To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, we are counting down to Canada Day with profiles of 150 noteworthy British Columbians.

There are twice as many people with the surname Wong — an estimated 60 million globally — as there are Canadians, but this son of a tailor from Chinatown was one of a kind. Admired by just about everybody, Milton K. Wong was a man with the shrewd acumen of a financial wizard, the kindness, compassion, and generosity of a true humanitarian, and he saw the big picture like a visionary philosopher.

And, recalls his niece, Joanna, in Wong Family Feast, a warm narrative that tells her family’s rich history with a combination of recipes, recollections, and reminiscences, he baked a stupendous apple pie. It was so popular that he could — and did — raffle them to raise money for charities.