May 07, 2022
Oxford County appoints new officer of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
New role filled by Ayesha Sajid responds to Oxford’s recent population growth and changing demographics
Oxford County CAO Michael Duben today announced the appointment of Ayesha Sajid as Officer of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a new role that responds to Oxford’s recent population growth, changing demographics, and commitment to inclusiveness for all people living in our communities.
Sajid joins the County from Lakehead Universitywhere she brought her passion for equity and human rights to the followingroles: Training and Development Advisor in the Office of Human Rights & Equity; Research Assistant, with focuses on the experiences of Indigenous populations, queer diaspora, and violence against women in South Asia; and Lecturer in Women’s Studies, addressing gender equality and other issues.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion role is a community-facing role that will support the County and other community partners in identifying and addressing barriers to employment, accessing services, or fully participating in society based on the protected grounds identified in the Ontario Human Rights Code.
An inclusive community, defined by theFederation of Canadian Municipalitiesas one that aims to “ease the economic and social barriers people face in their everyday lives,” can support economic development, strengthen the local job market, and bring cultural and social enrichment.
Sajid begins her role at Oxford County on May 9, 2022. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office can be reached at DEI@oxfordcounty.ca.
Michael Duben, Chief Administrative Officer, Oxford County
“The new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion role will work alongside other community partners and projects, as well as directly with underrepresented groups, to help build a community where everyone feels they belong and can contribute. This directly supports how we will manage population growth and change in our community moving forward.”
Ayesha Sajid, Incoming Officer of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Oxford County
“I am excited to learn more about the people of Oxford County. It is encouraging to know that this is a community that recognizes there is more work to be done, as a society and at the local level, to build safe and inclusive spaces for all.”
JPG: Ayesha Sajid
About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 125,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that is driving innovation in sustainable industries and diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.