Creating a safe space
At Circle of Care, we recognize, respect and celebrate the valuable differences that each of us bring to our organization and to the community. We are dedicated to a health equity focus in all aspects of our operations including:
- fostering a positive and respectful work environment that is free from harassment for all our employees, students, and volunteers
- providing an inclusive working environment where everyone feels valued and respected
- respecting the diversity and dignity of every employee, volunteer, client and caregiver
- providing equitable and accessible services for clients and their caregivers.
Diversity includes, but is not limited to, age, gender, ethnicity, physical and mental disabilities, sexual orientation, race, nationality, marital and/or parental status, lifestyle, religion, and education.
Responsibilities of the client
Clients are also expected to contribute to creating a safe, compassionate, and inclusive environment. Circle of Care clients and their families (caregivers) are expected to treat all volunteers, office staff, and frontline staff with respect and dignity. Circle of Care will not accept disrespectful behaviours or comments of discrimination, including racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or ableism towards any clients, staff, or volunteers.
Circle of Care acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.