The City of Red Deer has been recognized for its efforts in creating a more welcoming and inclusive organization and community as one of the recipients of Diversity Magazine’s inaugural Diversity Awards.
The Edmonton-based magazine, which tells untold community stories and promotes them in classrooms, boardrooms, events, Diversity TV and the print and online publication www.diversitymag.ca, held its award event on June 25.
The City won the Cultural Diversity in Public Sectors award for making diversity a priority as part of its commitment to the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination.
Diversity and inclusion is part of The City’s Strategic Plan. Operationally, The City hired a full-time Human Resource Specialist – Diversity and Inclusion in May 2015 and later established a corporate Diversity Team to discuss trends, share information, and assess City policies related to diversity and inclusion. A framework has been developed for the organization which includes mandatory training for full-time, permanent employees.
The Red Deer Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) Network, comprised of more than 40 community members, was launched in April to reduce racism and discrimination and develop an action plan once a needs assessment has been conducted in the community.
This past May, The City of Red Deer hosted the Fostering Diverse Communities Conference with over 130 participants from nine municipalities, to celebrate achievements in diversity and inclusion, highlight challenges, collaborate on solutions and build on successes
Other awards were handed out at the Edmonton event to individuals and organizations for diversity in the categories of education, ability, arts, non-profits and corporations.
For more information about the City’s welcoming and inclusive efforts, visit www.reddeer.ca/about-red-deer/welcoming-and-inclusive-community.
For more information, please contact:
HR Specialist – Diversity and Inclusion
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer