We believe equity, diversity and inclusion is about creating a departmental culture that embraces the uniqueness of individuals and is representative of all members of our community.
- Equity means that people of all identities are treated fairly. Their individual rights, responsibilities and opportunities are not dependent upon identity.
- Diversity consists of the conditions, expressions, and experiences of different individuals. It encompasses the unique qualities and characteristics that we all possess.
- Inclusion is the cultivation of an environment in which all people are respected, where their differences are embraced, and where they all have access to the same opportunities.
We value equity, diversity, and inclusion because every person has a right to equal treatment, and we are strengthened by diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. Building a diverse team requires those in positions of privilege to be allies to those who are marginalized.
Our goal is to foster a diverse and inclusive environment by continuous and active engagement of all members of the YMCA to remove barriers and create an equal opportunity environment. We will create, support and maintain a work environment that is free from discriminatory and intimidating behaviour. We will continuously address issues related to in-equality that include, but are not limited to, those represented by race, sex, age, physical disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status. In the spirit of reconciliation, we will also strive to develop and enhance existing Indigenous relationships.
We act by educating ourselves on in-equities in our community and work to correct them through continued education for staff, collaborating with marginalized groups, offering opportunities, and embodying our Mission and Values.