Online Offering: Webinars are June 4th & 11th, 2021 from 1:00 – 4:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

We are seeing an escalation of general intolerance and harassment happening all across society: in workplaces, community settings and schools. Sometimes harmful comments are intentional, sometimes they arise out of ignorance. No matter the cause, when we fail to say something, anything, out of fear, embarrassment or uncertainty, our silence becomes a part of someone else’s marginalization.

This workshop addresses key emotional literacy skills of noticing and staying grounded in the middle of conflictual situations, and how to skillfully intervene when we hear overt or subtle derogatory comments- Islamophobic, homophobic, racist etc.—made by people around us. Whether in the lunchroom, boardroom, classroom or streetcar, this session will equip you to feel more confident in stepping forward to compassionately and clearly speak out. Join us for this down and dirty introduction in how to be an everyday ally.

After costs, proceeds from this training will go to the Centre for Social Innovation’s “Toronto for Everyone” Fund, and a charity supporting marginalized communities. We at Anima Leadership are deeply concerned about the wave of general intolerance and hatefulness sweeping North America post-Trump, and this offering is one of the ways in which we are contributing to raise awareness, be allies ourselves and create a #lovearmy to help stem the tide.


“This was an incredibly moving and useful workshop. I was blown away. This should be a mandatory life training.”

~ Chris K. Fraser, Founder, Firefly Creative Writing

“The Bystander training gave a birds-eye view into the world of fostering diversity. I left with the necessary tools to combat racial prejudice, Islamophobia, homophobia.”

~ Mawuli Chai, Program Officer, Harmony Movements


Date: Webinars are June 4th & 11th, 2021 from 1:00 – 4:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

Location: Online Course hosted through the Anima LMS (you will be sent a link prior to the course start date).

Fee: $250 (plus tax).

Course Leaders:  Annahid Dashtgard, Senior Partner

Contact: or (416) 516-8728

Anima Cancellation Policy:

  •  30 days or more prior to course: we offer a refund, minus a $50 administration fee.
  • Less than 30 days prior to course: we offer 50% credit towards next scheduled training, minus a $50 administration fee.
  • Day of, or day prior to, course: no refund or credit available.If you are unexpectedly unable to make the course, contact us about potentially sending a colleague in your place.