Start with Self: Exploring the Relationship between Mindfulness and Social Inclusion - May 2020 Business Meeting & Workshop
Mindfulness cultivates diversity and inclusion and is foundational for engaging others from a place of awareness and non-reactivity. By building moment-to-moment awareness, you can strengthen the active “observer” to more easily recognize biases and stereotypes and expand the circle of non-judgement, social inclusion and belonging.
Learning Outcome 1:To understand the relationship between mindfulness and diversity and social inclusion and the importance of ‘understanding self’ to effectively engage others.
Learning Outcome 2:To explore the benefits of mindfulness in the context of unconscious biases and choice and applications for volunteer engagement.
Learning Outcome 3:To obtain practice and set personal intentions for building mindfulness with non-judgement and compassion for self and others.
Aliya Gangji developed an early interest in mindfulness and meditation. She has cultivated this passion over the last 15 years as an avid learner, practitioner and teacher after being inspired by the benefits of meditation. Aliya has a Certificate of Applied Specialization in Mindfulness Meditation from the University of Toronto and has spoken to groups about the importance of practicing mindfulness and how it can be integrated in daily life.
Aliya is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) working at the YMCA of Greater Toronto where she specializes in learning and development and supports the YMCA’s Career Planning and Development Program. She also offers drop-in mindfulness workshops. She has a Bachelor of Arts (English) Degree, a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and a Certificate in Adult Education and Training and Development.
Aliya believes that within every person, there is the capacity for greatness and she focuses on helping people achieve their potential. Aliya’s other interests include coaching and personal development, neuroscience, diversity and social inclusion and life-long learning.
For those traveling by car: there is limited free parking available adjacent to TAVA's meeting space at Yonge Street Mission (306 Gerrard Street East), please check in with the reception desk to receive a parking pass. Paid parking at City of Toronto Green P lots is available at 51 Aberdeen Avenue and 405 Sherbourne Street.