Bridges of Belonging is an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations on belonging and how it impacts our individual and collective journeys. Moderated by Andrea Carey, a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional, these sessions will feature two guests sharing their stories of belonging in their lived experiences. We are surrounded by diversity, and there is increasing appreciation that we need to create inclusive spaces and places in order to support the success of our diverse workforces and clients - but until we find ways to creates cultures where each person can belong, we will struggle to support people to thrive.
These conversations are an opportunity to think about our connections – and how we can be intentional in appreciating each other, listening to understand, acknowledging that we don’t know what we don’t know, and going on a learning journey together to share, learn, connect, and create.
Favoriser l’appartenance est la version française de « Bridges of Belonging » et vous offre la chance de participer à des discussions significatives sur le sentiment d’appartenance et son impact sur nos vies quotidiennes et dans nos milieux. Animées par Fannie Smith, une spécialiste en inclusion agréée du Centre canadien pour la diversité et l’inclusion, chacune de ces sessions mettra en vedette deux personnes qui partageront leurs expériences vécues et leur relation avec la notion d’appartenance.
La diversité nous entoure et nous sommes de plus en plus conscients que nous devons créer des espaces inclusifs et sécuritaires nous permettant de contribuer au bonheur de notre clientèle et au succès de nos équipes de travail. Ce n’est que lorsque nous pourrons créer des environnements auxquels chaque personne pourra appartenir et contribuer que nous aurons atteint l’objectif d’une société qui prospère vraiment.
Ces discussions nous donneront l’opportunité de réfléchir sur nos relations l’un envers l’autre, nous offrant des outils pour nous permettre d’être intentionnel dans nos actions, d’écouter pour comprendre, de réaliser que nous ne pouvons tout savoir et que notre parcours ensemble est un processus de formation permanente.
In 2004, aspiring professional skier and coach, Josh Dueck was in a life-changing ski accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. With the support of their family and ski community at large, their vision to return to the mountains became a series of (i’m)possible opportunities and life experiences. By 2009, Josh was the Para-Alp
In 2004, aspiring professional skier and coach, Josh Dueck was in a life-changing ski accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. With the support of their family and ski community at large, their vision to return to the mountains became a series of (i’m)possible opportunities and life experiences. By 2009, Josh was the Para-Alpine World Champion; he won a silver medal in Vancouver 2010 and followed that with a gold medal at the X Games in 2011.
Then, came the backflip.
After a year of planning and progression, Josh, his close friends and a film crew, lead by legendary industry director Mike Douglas, ventured into the Whistler backcountry to build a jump that would help land the first backflip on a sit-ski.
On a perfect bluebird day in February 2012, Josh hit the jump, soared upside down and landed in the soft-snow below. It also landed Josh on the Ellen Degeneres Show.
In Sochi 2014, Josh's story continued to inspire. On the 10th anniversary of his accident, he won a Paralympic silver medal for Canada. Days later, he won gold in the Super Combined to become Paralympic Champion and Canada's Flag Bearer.
Like the backflip, his story has come full circle. Since his retirement from the competitive world, Josh has dedicated his time to raising his family and furthering opportunity for other like-minded athletes. Josh leads the British Columbia Freestyle Ski Association, a way for him to give back to the sport that gave him so much. Josh has also been appointed the Chef de Mission for the Canadian Paralympic Team, for the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Josh and his wife Lacey also support a variety of non-profit organizations; such as Spinal Cord Injury BC, High Fives Foundation, Live it LOVE it Foundation and others with their unique model of empowerment through adventure and healing through community.
Bruce Kirkby is an acclaimed adventurer, writer and photographer. With journeys spanning more than eighty countries and thirty years, Kirkby’s accomplishments include the first modern crossing of Arabia’s Empty Quarter by camel, a descent of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Gorge by raft, a sea kayak traverse of Borneo’s northern coast and a coast-to
Bruce Kirkby is an acclaimed adventurer, writer and photographer. With journeys spanning more than eighty countries and thirty years, Kirkby’s accomplishments include the first modern crossing of Arabia’s Empty Quarter by camel, a descent of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Gorge by raft, a sea kayak traverse of Borneo’s northern coast and a coast-to-coast Icelandic trek. A columnist for The Globe and Mail, author of three bestselling books and winner of multiple National Magazine Awards, Kirkby's work has appeared in the New York Times, Outside magazine and Canadian Geographic. He makes his home in Kimberley, BC.
This conversation will be moderated by Andrea Carey. Andrea is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP), holds a Masters of Education in Leadership Studies and is a champion of inclusion. Andrea is the founder and Chief INclusion Officer of INclusion INcorporated. She works to support organizations to create cultures of belong
This conversation will be moderated by Andrea Carey. Andrea is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP), holds a Masters of Education in Leadership Studies and is a champion of inclusion. Andrea is the founder and Chief INclusion Officer of INclusion INcorporated. She works to support organizations to create cultures of belonging and inclusion for everyone to thrive. Andrea is a volunteer with the Canadian Paralympic Committee as a Board Director and Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee; and sits on the Board of KidSport Victoria.
Belonging: It’s more than a feeling. We all have a responsibility to show up and create space for each other. Not only is it important to understand how we can elevate others to succeed, but also understand and reflect on the values that are important to us and how those values can support what we need and how we do it. Coming from a place of authenticity and vulnerability, our guests Aly Virji and Yukon Regional Chief Kluane Adamek share the strategies they've used at different points to discover what belonging truly means to them, and how that feeling gives them strength and power.
February is the month of love. Love can mean many things, including compassionate learning and using our owned experiences to give space for other people to grow. Tammy Tsang and Jeff McLean are each using their marketing expertise to support INclusion for the industries they serve and have made it their mission to increase representation for all cultures and people, whether that be through business strategies, communication methods, and even a roll of hockey tape. Their messages of social engagement, support, love and allyship amplify the stories of the communities and partners they serve; intentionally creating a more accepting and INclusive world.
I see you, I hear you, and you matter. Senator Chantal Petitclerc and Angie Abdou discussed how important it is to continually learn, grow, and develop yourself and your capacities to support those around you if we want to build a better world together. Through their public facing roles, they are each working to create spaces and places that support others to be the best they can be. In this episode, both guests talked about the people who made a difference for them - teachers and coaches, who brought them in, who showed them how to be a positive and supportive leader, and what a tremendous impact that had on their journeys of belonging, and the role model that provided for how they now lead forward.
The How and Why Of What We Do
Emily Glossop and Todd Nicholson have lived more lives than most, they have faced tragedies and triumphs, including the loss of their house to a tornado. Through it all, their desire to be involved and support the people in their communities has been a constant, their dedication to giving back and addressing inequities and fairness has been their opportunity to build a better world. While belonging for some can mean a specific place, Emily and Todd have found belonging in the friends and people who have lent a hand and shown their support and created a team that extends outside of four walls
"A Paralympian is who I am, and I'm very proud of that."
Sport has given Paralympians Josh Vander Vies and Stephanie Dixon a space of belonging their whole lives. Their largely positive experiences in sport have given them a platform for leadership in the parasport world and given them unique perspectives on systematic exclusion and how to communicate their inclusion needs. Despite the postponement of the Tokyo Paralympic Games, Stephanie and Josh have embraced their positions as Chef de Mission and Assistant Chef de Mission respectively, and continue to work to empower Canadian parasport athletes at every level.
In today’s world, values-based leadership is the driver that creates a sense of belonging. Both Gail Hamamoto and Ainka Jess use their experiences with not belonging to create safe, inclusive and authentic spaces not only for their colleagues but for the people their organizations reach. Having each had extensive careers in sport, their personal and professional growth has given them unique perspectives on authenticity and belonging, and look forward to the opportunities and journeys that they can foster for the next generation of leaders in sport.
Both Richard "Bear" Peter and Risa Isard have had unique journeys in discovering their own belonging. From racism to sexism to standing up to institutionalized ideals, Richard and Risa have each had to work to find self-acceptance and belonging, both in their professional and personal lives. As both Richard and Risa acknowledged, belonging is a constant evolution and opportunity for re-evaluation and it's important to use their privilege of finding acceptance to create safer spaces for others.
While spider-man said "With great power comes great responsibility," it's evident that with great power comes more opportunity
L’épisode était chargé de passion et notre bavardage était centré sur l’opportunité présentée par le sport comme égalisateur. Notre animatrice Fannie Smith fut jointe par Samantha Rogers de Relate Social Capital et Maxime Gagnon de Défi Sportif Altergo.
Le travail d’inclusion au Canada ne doit pas oublier la diversité de langue et des différentes cultures, surtout lorsqu’il en est de nos langues officielles. Sam nous a parlé de son expérience comme Québécoise anglophone et sa fierté d’être Montréalaise. Elle nous expliqua comment sa perception a changé lorsqu’elle a vécu à Toronto et Vancouver et se trouva dans des situations où elle devait défendre le besoin d’inclure la langue française et qu’une approche culturelle anglo-canadienne dans l’Ouest ne s’appliquera pas au Québec. De même, Maxime explique son intimidation quand il était invité à Calgary pour des conférences où il devait s’intégrer dans un milieu anglophone.
Après plus de 25 ans, la passion de Maxime à combattre les barrières pour l’inclusion des personnes handicapées dans le sport brûle tout aussi fort. Il est évident que l’événement Défi Sportif a un impact durable sur non seulement la communauté du Québec mais au niveau international. Défi Sportif sert non seulement à fournir une occasion pour les personnes à tous les niveaux d’habileté de se joindre ensemble mais aussi à éduquer et démontrer ce qui est possible à toute la population.
Norm O'Reilly and Samantha Rogers created this beautiful dynamic as they shared about the passion and commitment they bring to their work in sponsorship and philanthropy as a lever for social change - through sport - sport to do good. Samantha talked about the opportunity to reach back and support others as you move forward, she also spoke about being happy with where you are at and celebrating your successes, and the power of being honest with who you are. Norm shared about the awareness of self and how it is not enough to accept each other, we must be intentional about how we support each other. He also talked about how COVID has been an accelerant for topics that were already shifting in our world - both with social justice issues but also with how businesses are creating authentic connections through their sponsorship relationships. We received many gifts from these two incredible leaders today, and we are so grateful for their vulnerability and openness in sharing their journeys.
Marni Abbott Peter and Stuart McReynolds shared their vulnerable paths through belonging. Both shared how sport had been such a rich space of belonging for them, a catalyst of personal change as they navigated their journeys. They each talked about embracing their own challenges and finding ways to own the challenge and to be open and vulnerable about that part of their lived experiences. We talked about the importance of social inclusion, and the power of taking care of yourself along the way to ensure that you can show up for your team, your family and your work in the ways that are needed.
Scout Bassett and Wanda Deschamps were a powerful pair in sharing their journeys through mental health, finding themselves, and the struggle to move from fitting in, to belonging. They talked about how neither of them showed up in ways that allowed them to be easily accepted by their peers or by the systems that our world is built on - and they needed to learn to love and accept themselves - and to realize that the systems are broken. This has fueled their individual passions for change, and to be advocates and activists for gender equity and disability inclusion. Scout made the poignant comments that "it's okay to not be okay - and to ask for help, and to recognize that trauma catches up with you". You can either let it define it or you can own it and embrace the learnings that comes from it.
We had a rich conversation with Lucha Villar and Marg McGregor where they shared their paths through life and career – starting from early experiences rooted in advocacy through their parents. As we explore this juncture of health, financial and social crisis, it is an opportunity to do different – but it is a unique point in time, and we have to use the platform and intentionality to give visibility and opportunity to share each voice and amplify the ones who need it the most. We spoke about microaggressions and how commonplace those are – and Marg referenced the opportunity to ensure we also celebrate all the good, and the small things to support people – we could call these micro-affirmations. Lucha spoke about the power of the Lima 2019 games and how that had created social change in Peru and elevated the appreciation and understanding of people with disabilities in their country. We talked about how much language matters, as well as patience, and listening to understand. We have a long way to go, and progress sometimes feels evasive but we have to keep driving forward in our journeys – of our selves and of our shared belonging.
Join us for an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations on belonging and how it impacts our individual and collective journeys. These conversations feature incredible leaders sharing their vulnerable stories.
Joignez-vous à nous lors de nos discussions sur le sentiment d’appartenance et son impact sur nos cheminements personnel et professionnel. Nos invités, des leaders hors pair, partagent leurs vécus de façon sensible et honnête. Cliquer ci-dessous pour notre programmation à venir et pour visionner des épisodes passés.