As Canadians, we are not exempt from racism. Recent events in the U.S., as well as in our own country, serve as a sobering reminder that systemic racism, intolerance, and injustice exist everywhere, including right here in Alberta. This is a pivotal moment in history – a time for us to come together in support of basic human rights.
As a children’s mental health organization, we have a responsibility to break down barriers, promote inclusive and accepting communities, and embrace diversity. CASA strives to create an environment where everyone including patients, families, employees, physicians and volunteers feels safe, healthy and valued.
We want you to know that CASA values, and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, but acknowledge we have work to do. Senior Leadership Council has identified Cross-Cultural Understanding with a strong focus on Indigenous Ways as an operational priority for the 2020-2021 year. This priority will be led by Carrie Avveduti and Dr. Lynn Davis. This work will include an openness to discuss and identify areas of need, and it will inform and enhance our cultural competency at CASA.
I look forward to your involvement in supporting CASA as we continue to strive to create an environment of safety, inclusivity and diversity for all.
Denise Milne, PhD, MSW, RSW, MSA, MC
CEO, CASA and CASA Foundation