Like many of you, I have been watching the deeply disturbing news regarding acts of racism and discrimination. I can’t stop thinking about the lives that have been impacted by these events. This has made me reflect upon racism that has surfaced — both inside and outside of the health care system — during the COVID-19 crisis.
I am deeply saddened by this reality and I’ve been asking myself how I can respond, and how we can respond as an organization. I believe strongly that we must show — through our words and actions — that racism has no place in our workplaces, in health care, or anywhere in society.
I believe in the people of PHSA and our ability to be united in our values of compassion and respect. In doing so, we create space for diversity, inclusion, equity and the opportunity for good health and wellbeing for all.
These are not mere words. PHSA is, and will continue to be, welcoming to everyone in our workplaces, and that means everyone.
We are an organization that builds on diversity to provide care for all. We all have a duty to speak up if we witness racism of any kind directed at our colleagues, patients or partners.
At PHSA, all people are seen and valued, and have something meaningful to contribute to the greater good.
Thank you for joining me in upholding these core values.
President and CEO, PHSA