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Bridging Immigration and Employment Learning Event

Thursday, May 12, 2022 (all day)

The afternoon session runs from 1:00PM-4:30PM and will cover the topics of: Addressing Racism and Discrimination in the Workplace and Creating a Workplace Charter for Lethbridge.

Addressing Racism and Discrimination in the Workplace

A panel of three esteemed community leaders will each present their perspectives in regards to racism and discrimination in the workplace. A discussion will follow.


Martha Mathurin-Moe, Executive Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Lethbridge
Cpl. Geordie Simpson, RCMP
Terra Plato, CEO Lethbridge Public Library
Martha Mathurin-Moe, Executive Director of Equity

Born and raised in Saint Lucia, West Indies, Martha Mathurin-Moe holds a BA degree from the Universidad Central de Las Villas, Cuba; a Master of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Regina and is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction. Mathurin-Moe's experience consists of 10 years in Banking and Finance and 8 years in International Education. She is currently the Executive Director for Equity Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Lethbridge. Previous roles include Manager of Talent Development at the Public Service Commission, Government of Saskatchewan, Associate Director of Study Abroad & Mobility at UR International at the University of Regina. Mathurin-Moe's work in international education has afforded her the possibility to participate in educational forums in Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Germany, Italy and the United States. Mathurin-Moe's research focuses on the shifting identities international graduate students assume while transitioning into a new educational setting. This is why she is very keen on developing learning opportunities that create an environment where all students no matter race, gender/gender expression, neurodiversity or ethnic background feel represented in their learning space. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading and traveling with her partner Jared.

Cpl. Geordie Simpson, RCMP

Cpl. Simpson was an Auxiliary Constable with the RCMP in BC for 5 years as a volunteer before making policing his full-time career. He has now been a member of the RCMP for 24 years, all of which has been in Alberta. He has worked in rural policing in a small Alberta community as well as larger city policing in the North starting with general duty policing, as all officers do. Later, Cpl. Simpson began working in the area of property crimes then most of his career has been working in serious persons crimes in a plainclothes capacity. His most rewarding position was working in the child abuse unit in Calgary at the Luna Centre (Sheldon Kenney Centre) in a multidisciplinary capacity with Calgary Police, AHS, and children's services.

Cpl. Simpson has been in his new role in the RCMP Community Engagement Unit for about one year. Although he has always incorporated diversity and community policing throughout his entire career, this current position is focused specifically on diversity.

Cpl. Simpson will discuss the RCMP as an inclusive workplace starting from training in depot and in the field, as well as what is happening in the RCMP with EDI.

Terra Plato, CEO Lethbridge Public Library

Terra Plato has been a librarian for more than 16 years and has worked in the public library field in a variety of capacities. She became CEO of Lethbridge Public Library in 2015, and during that time has worked with her team to build a public library that is welcoming and inclusive. Since becoming CEO, Terra has had a focus on many issues related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) including managing the impacts of the opioid crisis, advancing Truth & Reconciliation, and building a culture of service development that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Building a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Workplace Strategy

Lethbridge Public Library's mission is to be a welcoming, inclusive space that connects and strengthens community through equitable access to learning and leisure. As part of this mission, the Library has recently undertaken an initiative to build a DEI strategy that focuses on building internal culture, developing services for our customers, and being a model in our community. This presentation will focus on the process that LPL has undertaken and the early results of our work in this area.

Creating a Workplace Charter for Lethbridge

Join us for an interactive session - let’s talk about the creation and design of a workplace charter for employers and service providers in Lethbridge and area.

The evening session runs from 6:00PM-9:00PM and will cover the topics of Employee Rights: Occupational Health & Safety, and WCB and Overcoming Challenges of Discrimination in the Workplace.

Employee Rights: Occupational Health & Safety, and WCB

An overview of provincial legislation, employee rights and responsibilities, responsibilities of employers, and illness and injury at work will be presented.

Presenter: Natalie Amyotte - Director, Human Resources, Privacy with Lethbridge Family Services

Natalie is a dynamic human resource professional with diverse experience. Solid background in employee relations, recruitment, negotiations, leadership, and training and development. Passionate about employee wellness, talent development, and diversity.

Overcoming Challenges of Discrimination in the Workplace

Discussing the key methods used to overcome challenges of discrimination in the workplace.

Presenter: Sisay Yimenu, Settlement Practitioner, Lethbridge Family Services

Sisay is a naturalized Canadian, born and raised in Ethiopia. A Settlement Practitioner with Lethbridge Family Services-Immigrant Services, Youth programs, graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience, currently working on master’s degree in Health Science, Public Health Specialization, had also earned a Bachelor of Art in Theology from Global University (USA), Teaching Diploma in Mathematics and Physics (Ethiopia), and Certificate in Computer Hardware Maintenance (Kenya).

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