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
- Introducing our Text with 911 program
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.
The 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) Sheculski, MA
Human Resource Specialist – Diversity & Inclusion