MEDIA ADVISORY/INTERVIEW & PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Challenges Faced by Transgender People Will Be Discussed at BMO Panel Discussion
BMO will mark Transgender Day of Remembrance by holding an education and awareness session for its branch leaders on transgender issues
TORONTO, ONTARIO, Nov 16, 2012 (Menafn - Marketwire via COMTEX) --Media are invited to attend an education and awareness session for BMO's frontline leaders on working with transgender colleagues and serving transgender customers. The panel discussion will be held at BMO Bank of Montreal and hosted by the BMO Pride Employee Resource Group in downtown Toronto on November 20, 2012.
Transgender people experience the highest levels of discrimination in our society, and Transgender Day of Remembrance memorializes all those who have been killed as a result of transphobia.
The panel includes three high-profile experts on transgender issues. The informal discussion will focus on understanding the challenges individuals and colleagues face when transitioning, including how transitioning affects their career. Panel members will also discuss the unique banking needs facing transgender customers.
WHAT:Members of the media are invited to attend a panel discussion
being held by BMO Bank of Montreal on workplace and customer
service issues for transgendered people.
WHO:Rev. Cheri DiNovo, Member of Provincial Parliament for Parkdale -
High Park. Rev. DiNovo successfully advocated for the inclusion of
transgender persons in Ontario's Human Rights Legislation.
Dr. Sydney Tam, family physician, Sherbourne Health Centre and
Markham-Stouffville Hospital. Dr. Tam will speak about her
experience working with transgender patients.
Irene Miller, president of PFLAG Toronto (Parents, Families and
Friends of Lesbians and Gays). Ms Miller will provide insights and
advice on how to be inclusive and welcoming to all customers and
Enza Anderson, Financial Service Co-coordinator, Church and
Alexander Branch, BMO Bank of Montreal, and Director of
Transgender Education and Awareness, BMO Pride Employee Resource
Group - Moderator.
WHEN:Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 3:00-5:00 pm ET
WHERE:BMO Bank of Montreal
55 Bloor St W. - 3rd floor (the Quebec Room)
Journalists who are interested in attending can RSVP Ralph Marranca, BMO Media Relations, at 416-867-3996 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About BMO Financial Group
BMO is committed to being an inclusive employer, with a workforce that represents all the communities we serve, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. It is also committed to providing all its customers with an excellent and respectful customer experience.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Web: www.bmo.com Twitter: @BMOmedia
SOURCE: BMO Financial Group
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