Honouring Indigeneous Peoples (HIP)
Jan 27, 2022 6:30 PM
John Currie from Toronto, Ontario, Ca
Honouring Indigeneous Peoples (HIP)

Please join us on January 27 as we welcome speaker John Currie from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. John is the Executive Director of Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP) an NGO that now encompasses a number of Canadian provinces. In 2014, a small group of Rotarians from several southern Ontario Rotary clubs sat in the basement of a building in Oshawa talking about creating a country wide organization to work in partnership with Indigenous Peoples. We have gone from planning on the back of an envelope to establishing HIP’s multi-year plan. HIP now has, through Rotary, connections in Australia, Hawaii and throughout North America. From HIP: "Our mission is to catalyze societal change by inspiring Indigenous & Non-Indigenous relationship building, strengthening community well-being and advancing the next generation of leaders." Indeed, HIP's board has a mandate for half to board to be of Indigenous Members and half non-Indigenous members. Come hear the story and consider the possibilities...

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John Currie is the Executive Director for HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples), a southern Ontario start-up that has grown into a nationwide movement and now receiving international attention for inspiring Indigenous and Non-Indigenous relationship building.

As an advocate for race and gender equality, John plays a leading role in bringing Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples together for community well-being and advancing the next generation of leaders.

He is also currently serving as President of the Rotary Club of Pickering. For 78 years, this volunteer service club has worked tirelessly in our community to alleviate hunger, fight disease, improve healthcare, protect the environment, promote peace and support education and students. One of the clubs premier events is the Pickering Rotary Music Festival, now entering its 34th year.

John is a member of the Cultural Advisory Committee for the City of Pickering and provides guidance and expertise on community engagement and matters relating to the provision of cultural services in Pickering.

John is accredited with directing organization transformation for non-profits and social enterprises. Prior to joining HIP, John was Chief Information Officer for the Ontario Safety Association of Community and Healthcare, a founding member of the Toronto Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and served as Vice Chair of the board of directors for Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE).

John holds a Bachelor’s Degree from York University with studies in Indigenous and Canadian history. He is the recipient of the Pickering Rotary Club’s “Service Above Self” award, which recognizes those who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service with emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others.