Celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion at WCH!
At Women’s College Hospital (WCH) we are proud to be advocates, allies and champions for equity, diversity and inclusion. We embrace the many differences and unique perspectives of our diverse communities of staff, clinicians and patients. We are proud that our hospital reflects the diversity of the city we live in. We want to be a place where everyone feels safe to be themselves and receives care that takes into account more than just their healthcare needs. For us, this means that we work to create opportunities and remove barriers to address current and historic disadvantages for under-represented groups. It also means that we proudly celebrate important milestones and events alongside our patients, staff, clinicians, researchers, volunteers and donors – and we will be doing a lot of that this month!
June is Pride Month – an entire month of marches, parades, parties and cultural exhibits.
This year WCH has been named an Honoured Group of the 2019 Pride Festival, chosen for our commitment to improving access to transition-related care for the trans community. Over half of the proceeds raised during Pride will be directed towards our Transition Related Surgeries (TRS) Program. Registration is open to join our WCH team as we march during Pride Festival Weekend from June 21 – June 23!
For a full listing of all the ways you can participate in WCH Pride activities, please visit our hub on the intranet.
World Refugee Day
On June 20, we’re celebrating the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees around the world for World Refugee Day. Our team at the Crossroads Clinic works every day to close the health gaps for newly arrived refugees in Canada. Join the Crossroads team in the lobby on Wednesday, June 20 at 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. to learn more.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
National Indigenous Peoples Day, held annually on June 21, is a celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ culture and heritage. This date was chosen because it corresponds with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and because for generations, many Indigenous Peoples’ groups have celebrated their culture and heritage at this time of year. The day celebrates the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Indigenous Peoples from across the country. There will be events hosted by our Indigenous Healthcare team throughout the month of June that you can participate in and more details will be shared soon.
We will be hosting our annual summer BBQ to thank our staff, clinicians, researchers and volunteers for their dedication to our hospital, our patients and our communities. This year’s BBQ will also include some fun activities to celebrate Pride Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day.