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CIECYR 2019 Pre-Symposium Places of Worship Tour, Dinner and Keynote


Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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PLACES OF WORSHIP TOUR (1:30pm -5:30pm)


The Places of Worship Tour, Pre-Symposium Dinner and Keynote Presentation  (The first highlight of the 3rd Bi-Annual Symposium)


This exclusive pre-symposium Places of Worship Tour occurs during the afternoon of April 09th 2019.  The tour begins and then concludes at the Sheraton North Parkway Hotel (600 Hwy 7, Richmond Hill). Transportation is provided for all attendees (courtesy of York Regional Police).


  • Date: April 09, 2019
  • Tour departs: 1:30pm
  • Departure location: Sheraton North Parkway Hotel, Main Lobby   
  • Returns: 5:30pm
  • Dinner at the Sheraton: 6:00pm
  • Presentation : 7:00pm
  • Cost: 65.00 + Taxes


In York Region, there are approximately 270 religious institutions where people take comfort in practicing their faith and spirituality. Places of Worship are also a hub for community and cultural activity and thus positive contact with representatives of these institutions greatly enhances the probability of successful community partnerships. What is the value of engaging with faith-based communities? York Regional Police’s Places of Worship Tour has been operating since 2011, providing York Regional Police members and public sector organizations with the knowledge, understanding and cultural sensitivity to approach and provide context into York Region’s diverse communities that may be present in everyday community interactions. With over 200 ethnic communities residing in York Region, the Places of Worship Tour can assist in increasing knowledge of other faiths and cultures, and increasing comfort level when interacting with people from diverse backgrounds.

Two-Four places of worship will be visited by participants. Religious leaders will conduct a tour of their facility and provide an overview of the religious institution and accompanying faith, followed by Q&A. Following the tour, participants will return to the Sheraton for dinner and a keynote address by Ricky Veerappan M.A. | Superintendent, York Regional Police (YRP), with regards to how YRP engages faith communities and the lessons learned along the way.

 Anticipated Outcomes:

  1. Understand the religious and spiritual diversity of the Region.
  2. Learn how to respect communities of different faiths.
  3. Learn how to build connections with faith communities.


The cost of the pre-symposium event is: $65.00 (13%HST +2% donation).



In keeping with the CIECYR steadfast commitment to the Truth & Recommendation process, 2% of all ticket sales will be donated to the following initiative:   


The Chippewas of Georgina, First Nations is in the process of building a learning centre for the children on the island of Georgina (an Indigenous community north of the York Region). Two percent (2%) of all symposium ticket sales will go towards building a library in the new learning centre in order to support the educational needs of the children and youth on the island. The 2% to be donated was captured with the HST (13% + 2%).


Have questions about CIECYR 2019 Pre-Symposium Places of Worship Tour, Dinner and Keynote? Contact COMMUNITY INCLUSIVITY EQUITY COUNCIL OF YORK REGION (CIECYR)

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Sheraton Parkway Hotel
600 Hwy 7
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B2

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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The Community Inclusivity Equity Council of York Region (CIECYR) was formed in April 2010. CIECYR is a human service community planning Council that explores, supports, and enhances organizational practices of diversity, equity and inclusion. CIECYR is invested in forging new paths to promising practices. The Council is populated by grassroots and mainstream organizations who provide human services to individuals, families and/or communities of varying and diverse identities across York Region.


We recognize that York Region has a very diverse population and that is reflected in the service users and communities we are mandated to serve.

We recognize that, while barriers to service occur in many forms, there are specific barriers that result in inequities of access, as well as service gaps and inequitable service planning and funding.

We recognize Inclusivity in this context as a set of actions, practices, attitudes and beliefs, on the part of service providers which seek to reduce these barriers and inequities so that residents of York Region may more easily engage with services that are appropriate to their needs and to which they are entitled.

We believe that inclusive practices are inherently respectful of all identities, and promote a sense of belonging, but more than that are a matter of social justice.

Meeting these challenges is beyond the reach of any one agency working in isolation, but is possible with collaboration across sectors, mandates and efforts of engagement. Therefore, we come together as a committee to support one another's efforts in reaching out to diverse communities in order to deliver services that are equitable and inclusive.


 Members of the Community Inclusivity Equity Council of York Region (CIECYR) 

  1. Family Services York Region
  2. The York Centre for Children, Youth and Families
  3. Blue Door Shelters
  4. CMHA York and South Simcoe
  5. Catholic Community Services of York Region
  6. Children's Treatment Network
  7. Blue Hills Child and Family Centre
  8. Family Services York Region
  9. York Catholic District School Board
  10. Kinark Child and Family Services
  11. York Region District School Board
  12. Regional Municipality of York LIP
  13. Rose of Sharon
  14. York Region Children’s Aid Society
  15. Social Services Network
  16. York Regional Police
  17. Seneca College
  18. York Region Centre for Community Safety
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