- Has a stated policy of anti-racism that has been board approved and is one of four equity-related strategic aims
- Ensures the voice and decision making power of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled individuals and those with lived experience is represented at board level and in leadership positions
- Empowers staff to hold management and Parrott Creek overall accountable for continuing to develop a culture centered on equity and inclusion in the workplace and our service delivery
- Embraces restorative justice approaches for receiving and incorporating feedback from persons with lived experience into program design, case planning and service outcomes
- Engages with and seeks feedback from culturally specific organizations to review, critique and help improve our services so as to be culturally responsive
- Provides equity-related salary enhancements for bilingual and bicultural staff who can bring those additional skills to benefit our participants
Our Board of Directors is 36% women, 27% BIPOC and 54% have lived experience of the issues and needs of our participants. Our board is advised by our Youth Council, which represents program participants, and they have a dedicated board member liaison as well as a standing agenda item at each board meeting. Our Leadership & Management Team is 60% women, 30% BIPOC and 50% with lived experience which includes experience of homelessness, substance misuse, behavioral health needs, poverty and discrimination.
Our support of children and families is based on a client-led approach which incorporates regular feedback process for clients to share their experiences of our services, to inform program design and to be incorporated into our decision-making either through the Youth Council or directly to the Board of Directors.