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Drivers for Change – Engage Champions

Equity Framework > Drivers for Change > Champion

Advancing equity often requires change and any significant change usually depends on champions. A champion is someone who takes leadership by working with others to facilitate and influence change in an organization or community. Champions can be from any level within an organization or from the local community, and it is necessary to have support and champions from multiple levels. Champions are crucial to supporting change and equitable outcomes; however, they require information, networks, tools, strategies, mentorship, and resources to support and sustain success and change.

Adapted from:

  1. City of Ottawa and City for All Women Initiative. 2015. Equity and Inclusion Lens Handbook. Ottawa, ON: CAWI. Retrieved from
    https://www.cawi-ivtf.org/sites/default/files/publications/ei-lens-handbook-en-web-2018.pdf
  2. City for All Women Initiative, and M. Brooks. 2015. Advancing Equity and Inclusion: A Guide for Municipalities. Ottawa, ON: CAWI. Retrieved from
    https://documents.ottawa.ca/sites/documents/files/documents/adv_equity_en.pdf

Further Reading / Additional resources

Toward Health Equity: Canadian Approaches to the Health Sector Role. Public Health Agency of Canada, April 2014.
https://www.who.int/social_determinants/publications/64-03-Towards-Health-Equity-EN-FINAL.pdf

Sample Tools

City for All Women Initiative, and M. Brooks. 2015. Advancing Equity and Inclusion: A Guide for Municipalities. Ottawa, ON: CAWI. Section 3: Create and Sustain Impact – Cultivate Champions
http://www.cawi-ivtf.org/sites/default/files/publications/advancing-equity-inclusion-web_0.pdf