New Knowledge

August 19, 2015

Authors: Rafay Ahmed, Uwais Dhalech & Ali Khan, LIST Students

We went on a field trip to visit the Hudson’s Bay in downtown, Toronto.  We were given a tour of the 9th floor store by the Vice-President of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Richard Montgomery. Not only did he gives us a tour, but he told us about the store’s history. Mr. Richard had said that the HBC company had been up and running for 345 years and began with a single piece of beaver’s pelt. He had told us about how a stores appearance has an effect on sales, but also the heritage as well. He also showed us the stocking room, which was very similar to the stocking/back room in New Circles and brought up several familiar moments that I have had in the back. It also demonstrated how a big retail store like The Bay is analogous to a small retail store like GLOW, as they had a stock room, change rooms, different shopping departments, similar appearance and products, and in addition I noticed that the staff at The Bay carried the same friendly environment that we have here at New Circles.

We also had a guest seminar from Jordan who is a Community Educator and an Equity & Diversity Advocator. What I took away the most from her seminar was the fact that you can choose to be called pronouns other then she/he such as “they” or “them”, which shows the advancement of gender equality in our community and environment at New Circles. Furthermore, she also enlightened our group of students on several equality terms that I didn’t know existed. The most significant term for me was ageism, which is “stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age”. This term is important to me because it’s compounded with the colour of my skin and my age, which often leads to me facing discrimination. Jordan explained several ways to overcome facing discrimination whether it be ageism, racism or any other form of discrimination that I’m going to face in my future whether it be in school or my future career path.

New Circles' GLOW clothing service is the largest clothing bank in Toronto. We help 12,000 people of all ages annually.