On May 21st, people around the world will be celebrating World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. According to the United Nations, this day “gives us an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.” While it’s nice to have a special day to celebrate this, it’s crucial that we strive to better understand others on a regular basis. Thankfully, at CBC/Radio-Canada this is part of our corporate culture.
As one of our champions for diversity and inclusion, Nadeem Basaria works as a project manager with the CBC Inclusion and Diversity team based out of Toronto.The first time I met Nadeem, he was working on the CBC Development Workshop for Diverse Creators. Recently completing its second edition and in the planning stages for the third coming up this fall, the workshop brings together and trains diverse mid-level creators from the independent production community to develop their own pitches for original programming.
“Actually, the workshop is just one of the many initiatives that the CBC Inclusion and Diversity team undertakes each year,” says Nadeem. The team partners with colleagues across all content and business areas of CBC, as well as with external organizations. Together, they come up with new ways to reflect audiences in our content, to create an inclusive work environment and to reach out to communities. “The industry is changing – so is our country and how people engage with us. Working on inclusion and diversity at CBC is all about intensifying our connection with Canadians,” explains Nadeem.
What is it about our workplace that makes it unique? What is it that makes you proud? To be part of an organization that has been a huge piece of the Canadian culture landscape for almost 80 years. Everyone seems to have a story about how CBC or Radio-Canada has impacted their life. It can range from growing up with Kids’ CBC to connecting with Canada for the first time as a new immigrant through a local morning radio show. It’s an honour to be in an organization that has such a significant impact on the country’s people and culture.
What piece of advice has stuck with you throughout your career? Early in my career, one of my mentors told me that most great achievements begin with meaningful relationships. I strive to take the time to build and maintain strong professional relationships with colleagues and collaborators both inside and outside the CBC.
Who inspires you in your job? The people I work with: the Inclusion and Diversity team (Heather Boyce and Helen Kugler), Steering Committee and Advisory Groups within CBC. We would not be able to accomplish what we do without their passion, creativity and committment. Every encounter I have with them leaves me feeling inspired and energized to do more.
– Jacinthe Lacombe-Cliche, Senior Writer, Corporate Communications