Equity, Diversity & Inclusion


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Welcome to our first-ever Equity, Diversity and Inclusion report. We’re so glad you’re here. While equity, diversity and inclusion have always been important parts of our work, in recent years we have become more deliberate in our efforts. Our values of respect, trust, adaptability, compassion and collaboration have been guiding us, along with our commitment to nurturing equitable systems.

We’re excited to be reaching a new milestone with the sharing of this report, which allows us to be more transparent and open about our progress. In the sections below, you’ll find stories, quotes and facts about our improvements, learnings and leadership over the past few years.

Going forward, our goal is to create a new report yearly, making it easier for you to stay up to date and come along for the journey.

If you have any questions about anything you read in this report, please reach out to one of our staff members – we’d be pleased to answer your questions.

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Our Journey

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) have always been important parts of our work. But like many organizations, there are many ways we can learn, adapt and improve. 

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Providing Funding

We’re finding new ways to fund in community, including a project with the Indigenous organization Ulnooweg.

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Advocating for change

East Preston residents needed a safe place to walk. We partnered to advocate for their safety.

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Building Community

Having a community of support makes equity work more collaborative and compassionate.

Commitments In Action

  • 87%

    of staff said they work in an inclusive environment

  • 85%

    of staff said their knowledge of diversity and inclusion has increased

  • 17

    EDI goals have been identified across the organization

  • 6

    new Black/Indigenous organizations funded through COVID-19 relief

  • 3

    new Black organizations funded through the Neighbourhood Kitchen Fund

  • 50+%

    of our Board identifies as female