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Message from Chief Diversity and Culture Officer

5/28/21 6:00 PM

Believe it or not it has been 60 days since I joined the TTC and in some ways it feels like a lifetime with my TTC family. As I close out month two, I’d like to take a moment to recognize the anniversary of George Floyd, share resources on the heels of Asian Heritage Month, kick off Indigenous and Pride Month as well as document a bit about what I’ve heard from you in my second month at the TTC.

This week marked the one-year anniversary since the death of George Floyd – an act which sparked a movement globally. As I reflect on the day, the last year, and the last two months, I am sad to say that acts of violence against Black, Asian, Indigenous People and women continue to be rampant, not only in the United States, but in Canada as well. And as we think about the significance of the work underway, I am even more mindful of the lessons George Floyd provided to the world and hopeful we don’t forget this life lost as we move forward in the future.

In an effort to continue to affect the future, and recognizing that this is a small gesture, to show our commitment to change by focusing on the contributions that Black Canadians are making daily, we partnered with the Globe and Mail, the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) as well as other employer partners to produce a special section (linked below). This section commemorates the anniversary of George Floyd’s death as well as celebrates the contributions of Black Canadians.

Globe and Mail, Time for Change feature report May 2021

As we wrap up May, I also hope you had the chance to watch the panel discussion hosted by the Toronto and Region Chapter of COMTO held this week: Perspectives for addressing the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes. The event was held to recognize Asian Heritage Month. It serves as an important reminder that there are things we can all do – individually and collectively – to help each other. The session will be available to view on COMTO’s website within the next few days and there is a write up in this issue of MyTTC | Weekly on the discussion.

And the focus on diversity continues with National Indigenous History Month and Pride Month in June. Stay tuned for a host of educational campaigns, employee stories, events, communications, and smudging information to recognize and celebrate Indigenous Peoples and Pride.

The last thing I will share with you are some of the results of an anonymous survey I conducted with my team. The survey was focused on gaining a better understanding of views on some key topics. I wanted to continue to share with you some of what I am learning and hearing, specifically from the survey results:
> Progress on representation: 33 per cent of you are satisfied/very satisfied on progress to date.
> Human Rights complaints: 27 per cent are satisfied/very satisfied with process.
> Inclusion: 51 per cent were satisfied/very satisfied.
> Possible challenges: awareness, visibility, representation, tangible plan, and training among others.
> Definition of success: representation, belonging, policies and fairness.

For those of you who participated in the survey, thank you for your feedback. As another month draws to close, I know many of you have been deeply impacted by the incidents over the past year. Please remember we have health and wellness supports available should you need them. The immediate and confidential Employee Family and Assistance Program (EFAP) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To get in touch with EFAP please call 1-800-572-0039 or TTY at 1-877-338-0275. You can also access these supports on the MyEAP App or online at workhealthlife.com.

Please take care of yourselves and I look forward to connecting.

Keisha Campbell
Chief Diversity and Culture Officer
May 28, 2021

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