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Message from the Chief People Officer

6/9/21 10:52 PM

Supporting employees during difficult times,
Health and Wellness supports for those affected by the attack in London, Ontario

Like many of you, I am shocked and horrified by the recent attack in London, Ontario, where the driver of a pickup truck ran down a family of five, killing four of them. The sole survivor is a nine-year-old boy who is in hospital recovering from serious injuries. It has become very clear that the family of five were targeted because they were Muslim Canadians.

For many of us, it is hard to imagine how a family weekend stroll can end in such tragedy. For some, seeing these events in the news may trigger pain and an overwhelming emotional response, including fear. I want to underscore that there is absolutely zero tolerance for any act of violence motivated by Islamophobia, racism or discrimination.

At the TTC, it is important that all our employees feel safe and supported. As an organization, we stand with groups experiencing hate and discrimination. Should you experience any such incidents in the workplace, and I encourage you to reach out to the Human Rights and Investigations Department at HumanRightsInquiriesandInfo@ttc.ca.

Tragedies like these can impact us in different ways. Please know that the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) along with other supports are available to you and your family. Earlier this year, we launched a campaign to remind employees of some of the health and wellness supports that are available should you need them. Please find below a list of some resources that provide advice and tips on how to cope with traumatic or triggering events.

Employee Family and Assistance Program (EFAP) by Morneau Shepell
1-800-572-0039 | TTY: 1-877-338-0275 | MyEAP App | workhealthlife.com
Access immediate, confidential counselling and resources any day or time. Morneau Shepell’s digital mental health support also includes articles, videos and other resources you can consult to help manage the demands of work, family and children, and life in general.

1-866-345-0224 | bouncebackontario.ca
With the guidance of a coach, you’ll work through a series of workbooks at your own schedule to gain practical skills to better manage low mood, anxiety, worry or stress.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
1-800-463-2338 | camh.ca
CAMH provides a variety of mental health and addiction resources and treatments.

Distress Centres of Greater Toronto 24/7 support
416-408-HELP (4357) | Text 45645 | dcogt.com/

The centres offer a range of 24/7 programs for anyone in distress or in need of emotional support.

Access mental health support through live therapy sessions, guided programs and self-help articles and tools.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is any additional support that I can offer.

Mary Madigan-Lee
Chief People Officer
June 9, 2021

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