Deconstructing Power & Building Communities of Service
This is a story about two handsome (just ask them!) and energetic people-people.
For 20 years Lakhdeep Singh Dhaliwal has been building his leadership and experiences as a DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) professional. He has worked in large and small organizations across North America opening minds and hearts in classrooms, shop floors and board rooms. He is gifted in his ability to invite large and small groups into hard conversations about inclusion with grace, joy and humour. Through his knowledge, learning and curiosity, Lakhdeep’s focus has been to help organizations understand and reimagine power.
For the same time (ok, maybe a little longer) Curt Hammond has been on a journey to help organizations find mission clarity through effective strategy and communication plans that don’t suck. He has facilitated thousands of meetings, created and led a lot of initiatives (some of them a success!) and has helped organizations share their story. While he didn’t recognize it early on, throughout his career Curt has tried to model, understand and share his passion for being in service.
Fast forward to the present day and these two friends and fan club presidents (for the other, not their own) have struck upon a wild idea. What if they aligned their callings and combined their wonder twin powers to focus on two things: 1) help organizations deconstruct systems of power so they 2) can create communities of service? As the 80’s consultants would say, that’s synergy!
Lakhdeep Singh Dhaliwal
Lakhdeep has a passion for (and proven success in) leadership around leading change management focused on anti-racism, human rights and equity. He has worked with school boards and dozens of public and private organizations across North America. Lakhdeep has coached leaders in large and small organizations including Shell Petroleum Global Solutions, YMCA Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations Northern Affairs Canada, Halton Regional Police Service, the City of Cambridge, Oregon Institute of Technology, and Parks Canada. All his work is focused on promoting dignity and respect for everyone.
Curt wears lots of hats and some of them even fit. At Four Simple Words he leads our efforts to share the power of service and how it can heal ourselves, our organizations and our communities. As a professional trainer and facilitator with over 20 years of experience, Curt has led and created space for change with hundreds of local, national and international organizations. His facilitation has been described as everything from average to meh. Curt is relentlessly focused on audiences and simplifying (but not diminishing!) messages. No matter the role, Curt has yet to encounter a whiteboard he did not feel an immediate and personal connection with.
Our commitment to equity shows through our volunteer community leadership
For Lakhdeep that includes:
- Securing $500k for a community centre and Sikh temple.
- Bringing attention to International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as a youth leader
- Being invited to speak at A JOURNEY TOWARDS DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION – WINTER RECHARGE 2022 a panel discussion to explore Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the workforce
- Building Relationships in Cultural Sports Groups to Strengthen Amateur Sports Across the Country
- Facilitating race-based data conversations for Milton Now
- A panellist on the Canadian Municipal Network panel on Crime Prevention
For Curt that includes:
- Municipal Campaign School is an effort to empower women and other equity-seeking leaders to successfully run for office
- The Hate Has No Home Here campaign which saw over lawn 650 signs distributed throughout Centre Wellington
- Ongoing support of the Poverty Task Force of Guelph Wellington with strategic planning support for their Living Wage Movement and training for their lived experience volunteers
- Starting up the Centre Wellington Men Who Care and leveraging that platform to introduce members to equity-seeking groups and individuals who are making an impact on the community.
Our Culture of Learning
We have been on a DEI learning journey for a long time. In addition to our personal work, we have invited others into our learning through our Four Simple Words Forums. Thanks to our smart guests, we have gained insights and practical ideas to encourage leaders to build more equitable teams focused on impact, clarity and belonging. This learning has resulted in practical ways that we work with all our clients regardless of the topic includign our recognized and celebrated meeting acknowledgements that help us co-create authentic spaces of learning and curiosity.
How Can We Serve You?
Our DEI team has worked with large and small businesses, government, community groups and faith communities. We have experience (and even some success!) with
- Starting DEI conversations with leadership teams worried or overwhelmed about where to begin
- Responding to incidents of hate, discrimination or dispute
- Creating employee resource groups that are empowered, competent and cohesive in the face of exclusion
- Summer reading clubs or half day recharge retreats for your team to deepen their relationships with one another
- Developing processes with teams to build a baseline understanding of how to strategically and tactically build cultures that embrace belonging
- Creating and delivering training content (and evaluation check ins) to help move DEI policies forward
How can we be of service to your DEI journey? Lets book a 30 min Zoom to chat.
FourSimpleWords.ca is the training and planning division of Pearl Street Communications Inc. Work agreements and invoices for DEI training and support will come from Pearl Street Communications Inc.