Canada Life International celebrates Black History Month

Canada Life International celebrates Black History Month 

Vicki Hotchkiss

Author, TV presenter and diversity expert June Sarpong OBE, and former international footballer Shaka Hislop, will take part in AILO events to celebrate Black History Month.

AILO – the Association for International Life Offices which has several member companies here on the Island – is supporting the initiative as part of its commitment to showing leadership on diversity and inclusion in the life sector. The cross-border industry’s trade organisation is working hard to be at the forefront of positive change by encouraging the life sector to set an example for others to follow.

June Sarpong

Inspired by Black Lives Matter, Black History Month UK has launched a new campaign for this year’s initiative – called ‘Proud To Be’ – which runs during October. Here on the Island, Canada Life International has organised two virtual events that are both inspired by the theme of this year’s Black History Month campaign. 

Shaka Hislop

The first event will see Shaka Hislop talking about his experiences as a goalkeeper in the early years of the Premier League, and as an England under-21 and senior Trinidad & Tobago international. The racism he encountered from football fans during his career in England led him to play an instrumental role in getting the Show Racism The Red Card campaign off the ground in the 1990s. Today, as a passionate supporter of the charity and its Honorary President, he is widely respected for decades of work which has focused on the role that education can play in challenging racism. The Shaka Hislop event was hosted by Jonathan Hall, General Manager, Canada Life International.

The second event features TV presenter, diversity expert and award-winning author June Sarpong OBE. She will talk about her career and many achievements, including her role as the BBC’s Director of Creative Diversity. There will also be the opportunity for employees to ask questions in an open Q&A.

Vicki Hotchkiss, Head of Talent and Organisation Development at Canada Life and a member AILO’s Diversity and Inclusion committee, said: “Having such a truly international membership puts AILO in a very strong position to lead on diversity, inclusion and equality within the life sector. We’re really looking forward to celebrating Black History Month, and to building on the positive response we received to AILO’s activities to mark International Women’s Day and Pride Month earlier this year.”

In addition to the Isle of Man and other UK Crown Dependencies, AILO also represents member companies in the British Overseas Territories of Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, and in member States of the European Union. AILO’s list of full members that have a presence in the Isle of Man includes Friends Provident International, Hansard International, Quilter International, RL360, and Utmost.