Yes, I admit it! I watched parts of the Royal Wedding on the weekend. I wasn’t planning to, but then the thought of showing my 5-year-old a non-white princess got the better of me at 8pm. And I heard the commotion about the sermon by “the Black preacher”, so I had to watch. I was inspired by … [Continue reading] The Royal Wedding, Diversity, and Inclusion
Something a little different this week... I’ve been taking an improv class at Bad Dog Theatre company in Toronto. While I signed up for an 8-week course on the art of Improvisation, every week I am also learning a little more about myself, relationships, and emotion. And...inclusion! Warm-up … [Continue reading] What Improv is Teaching me about Inclusion
Ah… the chance to write about something positive! As you may have heard, the 2018 Gerber baby is Lucas Warren. And he has Downs Syndrome. Hooray for broader representation. Hooray for another chance to confront and challenge bias. And hooray for something to celebrate. And take a moment to … [Continue reading] The Gerber Baby and Inclusion
Welcome to week 3! If you missed the last two weeks, you can find them here: - A general overview, but with a focus on Ramadan - The first R in ROAR – Recognize Privilege O = Openness to Learning The whole point of the O is that as allies, there will be many things that you don’t know, don’t … [Continue reading] Being Open to Learning – Part 3 of ‘How to be an Ally’
This Wednesday April 12th is Day of Pink – the international day against bullying, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia and transmysogyny. An act of support It didn’t start out meaning to be a day recognized around the world; it started as an act meant to support one person. Jadrien Cota – … [Continue reading] Day of Pink – April 12
Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! All of these major festivals (and maybe others) are being celebrated this week in some places around the world. If you aren’t aware of these holidays (and I’m guessing, that by default if you are in North America, you’ll at least be aware of the … [Continue reading] Festivals of Light
This morning I woke up early and was fortunate to catch the sunrise as I walked along the lakeshore. It’s one of my favourite places. As I walked, I came across this sign. It’s not the first time I’ve seen it, but it caught my attention today again, especially since I’ve been thinking a lot about … [Continue reading] What’s in a Sign?
Last week I attended the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Conference – Inclusive Canada, 2017 and Beyond. It was a thought-provoking and intense two days with a strong theme of Indigenous inclusion. The opening keynote was by Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada. He … [Continue reading] Reconciliation in Canada
Happy New Year! If you’re Jewish, you know exactly what I’m talking about – Rosh Hashanah began last night at sundown. "Shanah Tovah!" If you’re not Jewish, or don’t have any close friends (or family) who are Jewish, it’s possible that you had no idea. Or, like me, no idea until yesterday. Which … [Continue reading] Happy New Year!
Not being included, not having a feeling of belonging, or of being welcome can be uncomfortable, lonely, angry, sad (to name a few) - all of which add up to a feeling of separateness. Depending on who we are, this feeling of not being included (of exclusion) can be familiar or unfamiliar. If it's … [Continue reading] An Inclusive Canada?