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Welcoming & Inclusive Communities Network launches

April 21, 2016 11:09 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

The Red Deer Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) Network officially launches today.

The group’s purpose is to assist The City in its vision to be “a vibrant, healthy, and diverse organization that supports a welcoming and inclusive community where everyone feels safe and can fully participate in community life.” The City facilitated the establishment of the WIC Network and will continue to support it as needed.

The group is a community-driven circle of individuals interested in diversity and inclusion and reducing racism and discrimination. It is made up of a number of community stakeholders, including those representing the business community, Catholic Social Services, Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association, Central Alberta PRIDE, Central Alberta Refugee Effort, Correctional Service of Canada, The Golden Circle, the Indigenous community, John Howard Society, L’ACFA, RCMP, Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce, Red Deer College, Red Deer FASD Network, Red Deer Interfaith Network, Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, Red Deer Public Library, Red Deer Public Schools, Safe Harbour Society, Red Deer Youth and Volunteer Centre, Shaw TV, and United Way/211.

The group is providing education and awareness of racism and discrimination, promoting empathy and compassion, and building a safe environment where people have an equitable voice, and highlighting good practices in inclusion.

The WIC Network will conduct a needs assessment in the community to identify areas for improvement for those who traditionally have barriers or challenges to access City services and programs or have experienced racism and discrimination.

The group will also take part in organizing the Fostering Diverse Communities Conference, taking place May 12 and 13 in Red Deer.

The formation of a WIC Network was identified as part of The City’s People Charter, which identifies a number of strategies in promoting diversity and inclusion in the organization, and by extension, into the community.

Other strategies have included the resourcing of a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion position, formation of a corporate Diversity team, and diversity and inclusion training for City staff.

In 2013, The City of Red Deer became a signatory to the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination.

­For more information, please contact:

Tymmarah Zehr
HR Specialist – Diversity and Inclusion
The City of Red Deer

Taz Kassam
Co-Chair, Red Deer WIC Network



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