Welcoming and Inclusive Community

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Our Diversity and Inclusion Vision

The City of Red Deer is a vibrant, healthy and diverse organization that supports a welcoming and inclusive community where everyone feels safe and can fully participate in community life.

Leading by Example

The City of Red Deer has made it a priority to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion. So far, our efforts include:

  • Became a signatory to the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination in March 2013
  • Hired a full time specialist in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Established a corporate Diversity Team
  • Developed ongoing training for staff
  • Included diversity in Red Deer's community narrative
  • Incorporated diversity into The City's Strategic Plan
  • Launched the Welcoming & Inclusive Communities (WIC) Network
  • Hosted the 2016 Fostering Diverse Communities Conference

Recognition of Aboriginal Territories

The City of Red Deer acknowledges the ancestral and traditional Aboriginal territories of Treaty 6 and 7 nations on whose territories we work together to build a welcoming and inclusive community.

WIC Network

Image of the members of the Welcoming & Inclusive Communities NetworkThe Welcoming & Inclusive Communities (WIC) Network came together in late 2015 as a community group interested in reducing racism and discrimination. It was established following a series of City-led community conversations on building a welcoming and inclusive community related to all of the dimensions of diversity, including newcomers, multiculturalism, multi-faith, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities (LGBTQ+), Indigenous people, youth, seniors, women, and other aspects of diversity.

The group will undertake a formal needs assessment of the community and report back to Red Deer City Council in 2016.

WIC Network Member List (pdf)

WIC Network Terms of Reference (pdf)

Tymmarah (Tymm) Zehr, MA
Human Resource Specialist – Diversity & Inclusion
Phone: 403-406-8649
Cell: 403-877-4289
Email: tymmarah.zehr@reddeer.ca

News & Notices

Statement from Mayor Tara Veer on ...

October 20, 2016

“Today’s announcement of 10 new provincial positions within the justice system acknowledges the seriousness of the inefficiencies and delays in our justice and legal system.”

Homeless count completed in Red Deer

October 20, 2016

More than 250 volunteers took part in the 2016 Point in Time (PIT) Homeless Count in Red Deer yesterday, the third official count in the community.