This week, Osler was announced as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2013! This recognition is a first for Osler and an honour that we are extremely proud of. It speaks to the tremendous commitment of our staff, physicians and volunteers to create an environment that allows us to better understand and appreciate the unique beliefs and values of one another, as well as those of our patients and their families.
Diversity is something that is in our DNA at Osler – it is embedded in our clinical services, our human resources policies, and our workplace culture. We’ve always known that our efforts to create an inclusive, respectful and welcoming workplace are top-notch, and now, the rest of the country knows it too.
Beyond considering our focus on language and communications, the award recognizes our Corporate Diversity Strategy, Diversity Executive Committee and our Corporate Diversity Advisory Council – all formed with an aim to improve equity, access and inclusiveness across the organization and help support our efforts to provide patient-centred care. It also acknowledges our Diversity e-Learning Modules and our comprehensive offerings of diversity tools and resources – including annual Multi-Faith and Diversity Day events, conferences, panel discussions and FAQ sessions.
It has been a pretty exceptional few months for diversity at Osler. This award comes on the heels of our Exemplary Accreditation designation which recognized Osler for its leading practice in ‘Embracing Diverse Practices in Palliative Care’.
While we know that this award is a tremendous achievement, it also gives us a chance to examine some areas where we need to focus to ensure we are always improving in our diversity initiatives. These opportunities will help guide our efforts over the coming year, though we certainly know we are on the right track.
Our Canada’s Best Diversity Employer Award marks a significant milestone in our ongoing journey to provide an inclusive and equitable environment for everyone who comes through our doors. It is a true testament to the efforts of our staff, physicians and volunteers, who come together each and every day as a strong and cohesive team, providing quality care to our community.
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