Editorial

A message from COMTO Toronto and Region President Annette Salfarlie

Annette Salfarlie - COMTO 26 February, 2021

Black History Month

As President of the Toronto and Region Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), I have the privilege of leading a group of professionals from across the transportation industry who share my commitment to the goals of diversity and inclusivity in the sector. We all share the belief that everyone deserves to have the same opportunities in the workplace – to be respected, to be heard, to learn, to grow and to advance.

Black History Month has never been more important to me than right now. This past year has been a difficult one for the Black community – in particular as we watched incidents of anti-Black racism occur primarily in the United States, but here in Canada as well. If there is a positive that has come from these unfortunate events, it is that we have been able to start having conversations about those acts of racism and their effect on the impacted individuals.

These conversations have been difficult – they have occurred in communities and in workplaces. And they are continuing to happen.

This year, we have been able to draw attention to the fact that the playing field is not level for everyone. But there are things we can, and should, do about it. Black History Month is a time where we can all learn more about the Black community, and also what we can do to help right historic inequities.

More than anything, I long for the day when we don’t need a Black History Month to highlight the dreams, contributions and achievements of Black people because we will have the acknowledgement and positive recognition we have always deserved. But until then, I am proud to be part of an organization like COMTO that is bringing these issues to the forefront in our sector.

I am hoping that you took something away from Black History Month this year. And I hope you will join us in our commitment to improve diversity and inclusivity in the transportation sector.

Annette Salfarlie
President, COMTO Toronto and Region
February 26, 2021

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