Rural communities and small cities often pride themselves on being welcoming.  While there are many incredible people that make this a reality, asking the underrepresented communities may reveal a different experience. In March 2021 STELIP, together with Western University, conducted a survey administered by a third-party company to better understand the experiences of discrimination in St. Thomas and Elgin County. Join STELIP on February 8th to hear the results of the survey and learn about the experiences of Immigrants and visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, and the general population.

Two online events will be held on February 8th to bring the information to the community.  Service providers and employers are invited to attend from 11:00 to 1:00pm and the general public will meet online 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

At the workshop participants will learn the results of the research and will connect with other participants to consider ways to address the experiences of the community.  The discussions and the material will be unique to the two events. Workplace specific information and interventions will be discussed in the afternoon session, and the general community-wide considerations will be discussed in the evening session.

A welcoming, caring, and inclusive community can be achieved with intentional planning and actions at the local level.  All community members, employers, and organizations are invited to attend and discover their role in community development. Positive change begins with a shared vision. We invite everyone to join the conversation and be a part of the change.