I want to start by acknowledging that the last few days were likely more difficult than most for you. They certainly were for me. It is not easy to do the important work we do here at Kensington, particularly through a pandemic, and then process the disruptive and disturbing events that are taking place around us.
In Toronto and across the world, we are seeing people stand up against oppression, racism and violence. Kensington Health firmly stands with those affected by injustice, inequality, bigotry and racism.
Kensington was founded on diversity.
It is not just a value we try to live, but it is at the core of who we are as an organization. In 1954, The Doctors Hospital, now Kensington, was founded with a commitment to serve the diverse community and cultures of the Kensington area. The hospital provided care for thousands of people of all backgrounds, cultures, religions and means.
More than half a century later, we are reminded again that we have a long way to go in our society and we will continue to do our part in fighting for equity.
As an Asian myself, it can be easy to ignore the racial bias and stand idly by without concern. I have done that far too often and take it upon myself to educate myself on the racial issues, to speak up and to address what “normal” should be.
Let me start.
To our Black colleagues: please know we see the extra burden that is weighing on you during this already difficult time. Please take the time you need to process, stand up for your beliefs, and do whatever you need to do to take care of your families, communities and yourselves. If there is anything we can do to support you, please let your manager know.
Everyone, if you are feeling overwhelmed and need support, I want to remind you of an important free mental health resource for all staff. For more information, please click here.
President and CEO