Public invited to conversation on diversity and inclusion

June 4, 2019

Public invited to conversation on diversity and inclusion

Strathcona County is inviting residents, including members of minority or vulnerable populations, to participate in conversations about what diversity and inclusion (D&I) means to them.

“Conversations are the first step in developing policies and practices that support an inclusive community, where everyone feels welcome. Based on what we learn, we will develop a Diversity and Inclusion Policy, and an Inclusive Hiring Policy that addresses any gaps in the County’s current hiring practices,” says Robert Stephenson, strategist, Intergovernmental Affairs.

Both policies will be presented to Strathcona County Council in the fall. Once approved, they will inform development of a plan of action for moving forward as a more inclusive organization and community.

Initiated by Council, the D&I initiative arises out of Strathcona County’s decision to participate as a member in the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities.

“The first goal of our strategic plan is to build strong communities to support the diverse needs of residents. Our Social Framework highlights the need for greater inclusivity. This initiative is another step forward in taking meaningful action to eliminate racism and discrimination, recognizing the opportunities inherent in an ever more diverse community,” says Mayor Rod Frank.

The public is invited to share their thoughts on this topic at one of two public sessions in June:

Monday, June 10, 2019
10 a.m. to 12 noon
Festival Place, Ardrossan Room

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Millennium Place, Activity Room 3

Those attending sessions will have an opportunity to share perspectives and ideas about diversity and inclusion to help make Strathcona County a more welcoming community. 

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of hydrocarbon processing in Western Canada. Strathcona County is a leader in environmental conservation, and 55 per cent of its land is within the UNESCO Beaver Hills Biosphere. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595