A period of significant social change in Canada has demanded that more intentional effort be paid to diversity and inclusion. Since it re-branded in 2018, Canada Artistic Swimming has recognized the need for our organization and our sport to welcome and celebrate differences while rewarding synchronization. INclusion INcorporated is a leading organization in providing powerful learning and introspection opportunities and tools to organizations with motivation but a lack of training in all areas of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Through its founder, Andrea Carey, INclusion INcoprorated have both expertly lead us and humbly walked beside us as we started and continue this journey to do better in our mission to offer a welcoming sport environment that values diversity and fosters safety and belonging. We owe them enormous and on-going gratitude for their guidance and direction.
In the four years I have worked with Andrea on projects, she has demonstrated an immense passion for creating a more accessible and equitable world, one organization and decision at a time.
She is a deep listener, and meets people where they are at, without judgement but nonetheless with a sense of collective accountability.
She models some of the core skills that I believe are at the heart of equity work: the reflexivity to recognize when we can do better, the humility and accountability to admit our role in it, the motivation to learn from it, and the work ethic and commitment to making the necessary changes, unflinchingly.
It has been my pleasure to work with Andrea Carey in a number of capacities, as a colleague, volunteer, and Board member.
Through both her professional and volunteer lives, Andrea has made significant contributions in the Capital Region,
British Columbia, Canada, and beyond.
Andrea is an innovator who has demonstrated strong leadership as a recognized expert on the inclusion of people with disabilities, indigenous people, and newcomers, in sport and physical activity.
Andrea has been the driving force behind the OneAbility Collective Impact Initiative on South Vancouver Island. There are now over 40 organizations working together to improve the active living, recreation, and sport delivery system for people with disabilities in our
region, which has significantly improved awareness, program and service opportunities, and education and training opportunities. The single greatest benefit of Andrea’s initiative in creating OneAbility has been the networking and collaboration between our local active living, recreation, and sports community.
This has greatly enhanced the opportunities available for people with disabilities of all ages in our region.
Andrea is an extremely hardworking and caring professional who exerts a high level of passion into each project she undertakes.
Her commitment to promoting inclusion in every
facet of her work is evident and her knowledge and devotion to creating safe, welcoming and inclusive spaces for all Canadians would be an asset to any client or organization she engages with.
In each of the projects she’s been involved in orchestrating and delivering, her enthusiasm and passion for the content
has contributed to a positive atmosphere for project participants.
Andrea is a well-spoken communicator
and an encouraging champion of diversity and inclusion.
I have been fortunate and honoured to work with Andrea Carey on a number of project initiatives - grants, research ideas, presentations. Andrea is innovative, creative, compassionate, organized community advocate, leader and friend. She makes a significant impact in areas of equality, equity and inclusive spaces/ places for everyBODY. Andrea welcomes all individuals, families and colleagues with enthusiasm to participate together to learn, connect and celebrate success in exploring the important contributions we can all make to our schools, communities and organizations. In a recent invitation to participate in Bridges to Belonging with Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt facilitated by amazing Andrea, I was excited to participate in an energetic discussion, then contacted by numerous participants who provided the following conversations " Andrea lead this dynamic dialogue that made me feel good, happy and excited to be part of". "Andrea made this topic matter - we often felt alone lately but with this session and others you started - felt involved, included" " Thank you Andrea - for bringing exciting presentations to us - such incredible leadership". Thank you Andrea and INCLUSION INCORPORATED for everything you do!
Andrea and Beth are very engaged, knowledgeable, and sensitive presenters with a common goal to educate and provide safe learning environments. This workshop is strongly recommended for any organization wanting a greater understanding of Indigenous culture and the role and modifications your organization can take to be more inclusive.