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I was incredibly lucky to spend the afternoon learning about principles for inclusion with Kim Katrin Milan. I learned much about cultural, race, gender, sexual, LGBTQ and transgender inclusion. I am positive we only scratched the surface in this session. It was enlightening, insightful and definitely one of the best trainings I have had the opportunity to attend in the last few years.
If your organization is not offering you diversity and inclusion training beyond what is written in a policies and procedures manual, please question why and ask for this kind of workshop. Toronto is the most diverse city in the world and we are going to run into many different cultural norms. Ask questions and create an opening for conversation. Part of the way we treat people how they want to be treated is to simply ask.
“Even the elephant carries but a small trunk on his journeys. The perfection of traveling is to travel without baggage.”
— Henry David Thoreau
“By taking mental health seriously, you can build a better team. You can be a better boss, and you can be a better colleague. And my hope is that #MentalHealthAtWork can help you do it” – Duke of Cambridge
While this initiative may be designed for UK organizations, Mental Health At Work has many amazing resources for employees, managers, leaders and organizations wherever you live in the world.
Visit the website. Sign up for their newsletter. Be a leader and commit to supporting mental health at work.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Today is National PBC day.
You have likely never heard of this disease. It is relatively new in awareness, but unfortunately likely quite prevalent in the population unknowingly.
PBC stand for primary biliary cholangitis. Primary because these is no prior cause. Billiary as it causes the scarring of the bIliary ducts in the liver, which is cholangitis. The cholangitis will eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver. This disease has no cure, but can be controlled. Eventually it will cause liver failure and the need for a transplant.
A very dear lifelong friend of mine was diagnosed with PBC earlier this year. Please visit the PBC Society website to learn more, share it with those you love to help raise awareness and hopefully one day they will find a cure.
Brighton Layson and Passmore Mupindiko are the two resident sculptors visiting Toronto for the ZimSculpt Exhibit at the Toronto Botanical Garden. I have been a few times since the exhibit opened and have enjoyed chatting, getting to know them and seeing them create amazing sculptures. If you have not yet been, do plan a visit on your own or with family and friends before Sunday, September 30th. Make sure to drop by to see these two lovely gentlemen in the ZimSculpt Marketplace to say hello and see what they are getting up to.
Famous Zimbabwean Sculptor Dominic Benhura and his beautiful work at ZimSculpt at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Lovely to be included in this evening’s special event. Dominic will be live sculpting until Sunday September 16th along with resident sculptors Brighton Layson and Passmore Mupindiko. A great week to visit.