Co-ordinating Associate, Arnold Minors and Associates, Toronto, ON. Born: Bermuda.
Arnold Minors is Co-ordinating Associate of Arnold Minors and Associates, which he formed in 1984. The company provides organization effectiveness consulting services, mediation services for couples and groups, and training in negotiation and dispute resolution.
Background: Arnold has been a manager of a moving company in Bermuda; National Trainer for Merit Students’ Encyclopedia in Montreal; a biochemistry technician at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal; an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant at Imperial Oil; an Associate of the Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, a top U.S. diversity consulting firm; and Press Secretary to the Premier of Bermuda. Some of his clients have included: Bermuda Hospitals Board; Centennial College; the Coalition on Social Justice; Congress of Black Women; Government of Bermuda; Health Canada; Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario; Legal Aid Manitoba; North York General Hospital; Northwestern General Hospital; Ontario Human Rights Commission; Ontario Nurses Association; Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union; Saskatchewan School Trustees Association; United Way of Burlington, Hamilton-Wentworth; United Way of Greater Toronto; University of Toronto; and Women in Transition.
Community: Arnold’s volunteer work has included membership on the boards of Chinese (now Centre for) Information and Community Services and Oolagen, a children’s mental health centre. He is the first person of African heritage appointed to the Toronto Board of Health, and chaired its Accreditation Committee. He is also a founding Director and was the first Chair of the Board of the African Canadian Legal Clinic; appointed to the Toronto Police Services Board, serving from 1993-96 as an advocate for fiscally responsible, safe, competent and equitable policing. Former Chair of Across Boundaries, a mental health centre for people of colour; former Chair of Road Toad, a drug abuse prevention program of the Renascent Foundation; former Vice President, Central Neighbourhood House; former member, Mental Health Implementation Task Force for Toronto and Peel; former Board member, Dr. Roz’s Healing Place (formerly the Emily Stowe Centre); former Acting Chair, Rexdale Community Health Centre.
Other: Some of the groups to which Arnold has been invited to speak include: Black Law Students’ Association of Canada; Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants; Family Mediation Canada; New York State Minorities in Criminal Justice; Ontario Association for Municipal Employment Services; United Steelworkers of America; and York University. Arnold has also been featured on radio, television and in the press and was an invited contributor to Babel Paisible, a program which aired on the French/German television channel Arte.
Affiliations: Secretary, Board of Trustees of the Organization Development Network (a U.S. based organization of 4200 members from 90 countries); President, Ontario Association for Family Mediation.
Works: Playing Pinball: Making Organizational Change; Employment Equity for Racially Visible and Aboriginal Peoples (with Alok Mukherjee and Gail Posen); From Uni-Versity to Poly-Versity; chapter in Perspectives on Racism and the Human Services Sector (University of Toronto Press).
Honours: Numerous awards for public service, including the 25th Anniversary Race Relations Award of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations; 2010 William P. Hubbard award for race relations from the City of Toronto, for “a lifetime of confronting systemic racism, and for leadership, advocacy and innovation in establishing community based services”; inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006).
Education: Bachelor of Science, Chemistry and Mathematics, McGill University; MBA, Organization Development and Labour Law; Queen’s University.
Favourite book? Jazz by Toni Morrison. I love storytelling and am amazed by Ms. Morrison’s outstanding ability to tell a story. I like Jazz in particular because of the rhythm of the book, which really feels like jazz.
Favourite quote? I don’t know who said this: “The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.” The quote reminds me not to be (too) full of myself.
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Publish my book, Black Humour: Recipe for a Healthy Planet. An excerpt of it is on my blog.
Who or what inspires you? Music, especially jazz. I own a very old balafon. I wish I could play it like Kobena Acquaah-Harrison does. He does me the great honour of taking my balafon and playing it around the world.
Why do you do what you do? My godmother, the late Edith Gumbs of Bermuda and New York, taught me early about racism. She told me that I should never let racism hold me back from achieving whatever I wanted. She also said that, wherever I was, I should leave the world a better place. I try to honour her by doing whatever I can to eliminate racism and other kinds of oppression from the world.