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    Paul Taylor

    And I think there's a real unwillingness. I would say sometimes to ensure that the people who are most affected by the issues that organizations are working on are key decision makers within those organizations. It's a bit of a paternalistic approach. You know, they don't know what's best for them.

    Bruce MacDonald

    You're listening to Let's Imagine. An Imagine Canada podcast for everyone interested in social issues and the non profit sector. I'm your host, Bruce MacDonald. At Imagine Canada, we believe that by leveraging our national vantage point, building cross sector relationships, and sharing and developing our knowledge base, we We can advance social, economic, and environmental justice through our collective action.

    Join us as we dive deep into conversations that have big implications for the non profit and charitable sector here in Canada. A special thank you to our knowledge partner, Carter's Professional Corporation. Together, let's imagine a stronger future.

    This week on Let's Imagine, we're thrilled to welcome food security and anti racism activist and non profit leader Paul Taylor. Paul is the former executive director of Foodshare Toronto. The largest food justice organization in the country and is currently co founder of evenings and weekends consulting.

    Paul also teaches organizational leadership, people, resources, and fundraising at Simon Fraser university with Paul today, we'll talk about the importance of centering equity, diversity, and inclusion in board governance. And why organizations struggle to do this. We'll also chat about decent work practices and the role of the board to help advance decent work.

    Paul, thanks so much for taking the time to be with us today.

    Paul Taylor

    Ah, such a pleasure. Thanks for having me, Bruce.

    Bruce MacDonald

    So to kick off at evenings and weekends, your team works with emerging organizations, activist groups, charities, and community groups, blending your expertise with theirs to solve problems, seize opportunities, and make change happen.

    Can you tell us more about the work you do? What inspired you to create a consultant agency and even where the name Evenings and Weekends comes from?

    Paul Taylor

    That is too, okay. I was worried that you'd ask that question. I get asked that question a lot and I'll tell you I had one of those aha moments as I, um, Was visiting the throne in the bathroom and, uh, evenings and weekends came to me.

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