It is the responsibility of Canadian Charitable institutions, and grief support organizations, to support a society that respects diversity and fosters social inclusion. Seasons Centre for Grieving Children (herein after Seasons Centre) is responsible for working with its communities to create services that diverse communities identify as respectful, inclusive, and accessible.
Seasons Centre strives to deliver inclusive service, affirming the dignity of those they serve, regardless of heritage, education, beliefs, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental health, physical or cognitive capabilities, or socio-economic status. Seasons Centre team members act to ensure that people can enjoy services free from any attempt by others to impose values, customs or beliefs.
Seasons Centre team members will:
- Identify populations that may be under-represented or hard to reach based on diverse life circumstances.
- Seek to understand how diverse community groups define and describe themselves.
- Listen directly to communities rather than relying on indirect sources such as statistical reports, or community service providers.
- Work with diverse communities to develop inclusive consultation and engagement processes.
- Work with diverse communities to determine appropriate ways to design, deliver, and evaluate services.
This statement is intended to provide a fuller context for Seasons Centre’s team, board members, and volunteers who work with the greater Barrie area diverse communities, and a framework from which to consider how Seasons Centre understands diversity and responds to community needs.