WHO RUNS THE E&I TASK FORCE?
The Equity & Inclusion Task Force is set up and facilitated by the Cowichan Intercultural Society.
The Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS) is a Canadian registered charitable organization that has been serving the Cowichan Valley Region since 1981. CIS is proud to be the leading community resource for immigrant settlement services, as well as for education and awareness in developing welcoming and inclusive communities.
The Cowichan Intercultural Society’s Mission:
To support newcomers to Canada toward their successful integration in the Cowichan Valley region, and to support our community in embracing diversity and enhancing intercultural awareness. Read more →
↓ E&I Task Force Staff ↓
Anti-Racism Task Force Coordinator
Erin Blondeau is a mother, an activist, and a citizen of the Cowichan Valley Métis Nation, currently living and working on the traditional territory of the Ts’uubaa-asatx Nation, also known as Lake Cowichan.
As a Métis woman in the process of cultural rediscovery, Erin has studied her family history as well as the history of the Metis Nation extensively. Indigenous culture and lifeways influence Erin in every project that she takes on. She is focussed on anti-racism work as the task force coordinator and is passionate about environmental sustainability, recognizing that it is also tied to systemic racism and oppression.
In addition to her time as the anti-racism coordinator, Erin also volunteers with the BC Métis Nation and various environmental organizations throughout Canada.
Task Force Member & executive director of cowichan intercultural society
Lynn Weaver has been Executive Director (ED) of the Cowichan Intercultural Society (Immigrant Welcome Centre of the Cowichan Valley) since 2012.
Lynn acknowledges her inherent and unearned privilege as a cisgender settler. Her experience includes the acquisition, successful operation (for three years) and subsequent sale of a social enterprise, as well as the acquisition of social purpose real estate, development of trauma-informed licensed childcare, and development of services and supports that are constituent-centred through a gender+ based analysis.
She is a member of the National Study Group on the Status of Women (Canadian Federation of University Women) and is a volunteer board director with an international NGO. She was a member of the Executive Committee for the Vancouver Island Refugee Response Team, and in 2013 received the Lieutenant Governor Award for Community Service.