Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) president Gary Pieters’ face is featured on the University of Toronto Boundless Campaign street banners, which is the largest fundraising initiative ever undertaken by a Canadian university.
The $250 million campaign aims to strengthen the university’s capacity to prepare global citizens and to meet the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century. Launched in November 2011, the Boundless campaign has raised more than $1 billion of its $2 billion goal over five years.
The first wave of the campaign is comprised of newspaper and magazine ads as well as nearly 1,000 street banners that surround the university’s three campuses in Toronto, Mississauga and Scarborough. It also features digital banner ads, billboards at Toronto Island Airport and a dedicated website housing an overarching video outlining the “Boundless” theme and a series of video testimonials.
A Toronto District School Board vice-principal who previously taught with the Palmdale School District in California, Pieters graduated from the U of T with an undergraduate degree in Political Science & African Studies and a Master of Education.
He has served on several boards and advisory committees, including Sojourn House, Multilingual Community Interpreter Services, San Romanoway Revitalization Association and the Toronto Star’s Community Editorial Board.
Pieters co-founded the Committee to Commemorate & Memorialize the Abolition of the Slave Trade (CMAST), which was a community-based organization charged with raising public awareness and promoting education relating to the bicentenary of the abolition of the British and United States slave trades.
The educator and community activist is a member of DiverseCity Voices, which is a Maytree Foundation initiative aimed at improving the diversity of voices in the media and he makes guest appearances as a subject matter expert in the print, broadcast and online media. He has also written several opinion/editorial page columns for various publications, including the Toronto Star.
By RON FANFAIR