The Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmark which measures organizations progress in fostering inclusion recommends the development of Employee Resource Groups. According to the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), organizations that demonstrates a powerful commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that goes beyond rhetoric is recognized by its ability in forming and leading Employee Resource Groups. The Assessments also highlighted the need for the staff to have a safe place to centre their voice and help influence policies and practices.
We are committed to Identifying and working towards removing barriers in the workplace through informed practices in recruitment, hiring, promotion and training while encouraging interactive programs that will foster a climate of equity. We are committed to promoting an environment where staff have a sense of belonging regardless of their background. A safe environment where courageous conversations are generated, a space that strives to achieve suitable representation of designated and underrepresented groups and a space where our employees take lead in contributing to learning, growth and celebration of events.
Black Employee Network
The Black Employee Network (BEN) was launched in April 2021 with the goal of working collaboratively with the DEI branch to foster equity and celebrate Blackness. BEN provides a comfortable space for Black employees to come together, empower and improve networking, center the voice of Black employees, and provide recommendations for continuous organizational improvement.
Diversity and Inclusion Council
The goal of this group is to identify ways to eliminate barriers to employment policies, procedures and practices; strive to achieve suitable representation of designated and underrepresented groups in our workplace; and to bolster unity and celebration through events. The council consists of 25 staff members within the agency who meet monthly. Currently, work is underway to complete a five year action plan.
BRIDGE Beyond Rainbows (92SLGBTQ+)
This committee is expanding to include youth in care, foster parents and staff, allies and those with lived experience. The committee has provided tools and resources on the intranet, planned Pride events, and coordinated staff training sessions. Currently working on developing two training sessions for foster parents and volunteers, as well as one for
the Board and senior management. The committee is also identifying barriers for service delivery to 2SLGBTQ+ clients and developing strategies to address those barriers.