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Diversity and Equity

Annual General Meeting

You are invited to our Annual General Meeting featuring Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa, Advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, and the launch of our 2022-2026 Strategic Plan.

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 8 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
Location: 700 Gordon Street, Whitby, Lakeview Cafeteria

RSVP by Friday, May 20, 2022 to @email or call 905.430.4001 
Attendees will be required to follow all pandemic-related health and safety measures in place at Ontario Shores at the time of the event

About Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa

One of Time magazine’s “2021 Next Generational Leaders”, Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa is an accomplished physician, spoken word poet, and advocate for racialized and marginalized populations. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, where she was named valedictorian of her graduating class — the first Black woman to be recognized as sole valedictorian within the faculty. Dedicated to the mentorship of racialized youth and the advancement of the Black community and beyond, she speaks to addressing inequities and advancing efforts in wellness and mental health, diversity and inclusion, and women empowerment. Oriuwa is a resident doctor in psychiatry at U of T, where she's aiming to complete further specialist training in neuro-psychiatry and neuro-inflammatory diseases. As a first-generation Nigerian-Canadian woman, and the only Black medical student in her cohort, Oriuwa has become a vocal advocate for improving disparities in Black health and confronting institutional discrimination. She has been invited to give national and international keynotes, seminars, lectures, and panelist contributions on the topic of advancing equity in medicine, women’s empowerment, mental health and wellness, global health, and her journey as an underrepresented minority in medicine.




International Women's Day 2022

In recognition of International Womens Day 2022, External Relations Specialist Julie VanHartingsveldt, hosts Episode 96 of the #MindVine podcast featuring a conversation on workplace bias and the impact of the #pandemic with Jeanie Zabukovec, Manager of Research and Academics, Roxanne Cain, Manager of Centralized Scheduling and Staffing Office, and Melissa Baldassarre, Clinical Manager in Forensics. The podcast is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Asante Haughton, Mental Health Advocate and Speaker

It's Black History Month and Episode 94 of the #MindVine​ Podcast is proud to feature speaker and advocate Asante Haughton (@asantetalks) talking #mentalillness as well as issues impacting #mentalhealth in black communities. The #MindVine podcast is hosted by Darryl Mathers (@DarrylMathers). The podcast is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Our World is in Pain

Our World is in Pain

This is likely the most uncomfortable piece I've ever written.

In my day-to-day work, I pride myself in being focused on the task at hand, while also keeping the overall vision of the organization paramount.