The City of Kamloops is pleased to be focusing its strategic lens on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the coming months as we welcome Tymmarah Mackie (she/her) into a newly developed EDI Coordinator role. Mackie, who has a decade of experience working on EDI initiatives with municipalities, libraries, universities, museums, community groups, businesses, and other organizations throughout Alberta, joined the City of Kamloops in September and will serve an 18-month term.
It is critical that local government embrace these values to ensure all citizens have a voice and represent the diversity of Canadian communities. In addition to high-level strategic planning and development, Mackie, in the EDI Coordinator role, will oversee specific initiatives, including the development of an accessibility plan that fully aligns with the incoming BC Accessible Act. In partnership with Thompson Rivers University, Indigenous groups, and community organizations, including Kamloops Immigrant Services and Kamloops Pride, Mackie will also aid in the development of an EDI training program for City leaders, managers, and staff. Other areas of focus will include:
- introducing ongoing processes, practices, and materials that expand EDI awareness, understanding, and capacity throughout the organization
- integrating equity, diversity, and inclusion as guiding principals for recruitment
- making employment accessible with and for employees that reflect the diversity of our community and region
- continuing to ensure our engagement platforms remain as inclusive and accessible as possible
“I’m excited to be taking on this new position in Kamloops and look forward to showing everyone the benefits that will come from the work we will be doing,” said Mackie. “Municipalities with a strong focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion attract and retain quality staff, become better problem solvers, get more creative and innovative, and ultimately provide better services to their communities."