Brightside’s values form the foundation of our vision and our mission, and the strength of our team stems from a deep alignment with these values in all that we do and drives our work.
We strive to be a progressive, diverse and equity-driven organization through continued improvement and growth, and have expanded our values to reflect our support for social justice. We have revised our bylaws to embody our commitment to the diversity of the communities served by the Society, determining that the Board shall be composed of:
- No more than 60% representation for a single self-identified gender on the Board of Directors
- No more than 60% representation for a single self-identified ethnicity on the Board of Directors
- Representation from equity-seeking, racialized, LGBTQ+, disability or otherwise underrepresented groups
As part of our process of deconstructing colonial, patriarchal and other discriminatory systems and structures that marginalize or create inequities in our society, we have made the San’Yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training program a formal part of our on-boarding process for all staff and Board. Brightside’s leadership team and Board of Directors also participate in additional, in-depth anti-racism training.
Brightside is committed to meeting or exceeding the Government of Canada’s 50 – 30 Challenge criteria to increase diversity in our workplace, and we have signed on to the challenge to demonstrate our commitment. Companies, organizations and not-for-profits across the country have joined the Government of Canada’s initiative to increase the representation and inclusion of under-represented groups in leadership positions.
The challenge is rooted in two aspirational commitments:
- Gender parity (50%)
- Significant representation (30%) on boards and senior management
If you’re ready to take on the challenge, get started by visiting Canada.ca/50-30-challenge and on Twitter @CanadaBusiness