CK Hires Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has hired its first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, Rebecca Haskell-Thomas who will commence her work on November 1.

Over the course of the next 24 months, Ms. Haskell-Thomas will be responsible for developing a Municipal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy. The strategy will build on efforts to date to better position the Municipality of Chatham-Kent as a welcoming employer and support residents of all walks of life to participate fully in our community.

Rebecca moves to this position from her current role with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent as a Planning and Evaluation Specialist in CK Public Health. Rebecca brings to the Coordinator role a combination of education and experience, including working within not-for-profit and public sector organizations to support inclusive and equitable policies, practices and services.

Earlier this year, executive management leaders within the municipality participated in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training. Council will have a similar opportunity as a result of Councillor Brock McGregor’s May 10, 2021 motion directing staff to develop ongoing training for members of Council.

In the coming months, the coordinator will be working with municipal staff, labour leaders and community partners to highlight existing initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, identify opportunities for further work, and explore promising practices that can be adopted in Chatham-Kent.

“I’m delighted to welcome Rebecca to this important role,” said Cathy Hoffman, General Manager, Corporate Services and Chief Human Resource Officer.  “Developing diversity of thought opens up our eyes to the issues, challenges and opportunities that may currently be unintended blind spots,”

"Committing to diversity, equity, and inclusion as concepts fundamental to our community is an important moment for the municipality. Matching that commitment with action and change are exciting next steps," said Brock McGregor, Ward 6 Councillor.

For more information contact:
Rebecca Haskell-Thomas
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 2447

Cathy Hoffman
General Manager, Corporate Services and Chief Human Resource Officer
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3622

Media Contact:
Jim Blake
Communications Officer
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3624