Is your LTC home looking to find ways to honour diversity and support inclusion?
The Ontario CLRI at Bruyère and the Ontario CLRI at RIA are excited to announce the launch of the two printable Diversity and Inclusion Calendars! We have created two versions of the printable calendar in the hopes of best supporting LTC homes’ equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) journeys. The printable calendars are intended for residents, educators, recreation managers and teams.
Bulletin Board EDI Calendar
The first version of the calendar is in a graphic format. This calendar offers large print text, beautiful seasonal visuals, and descriptions! This bulletin board version is ideal for residents to hang up in their rooms, or to hang in the common area bulletin boards. Putting the Diversity and Inclusion Calendar in a visible space will help encourage conversations and awareness about diversity and inclusion.
The bulletin board version can be printed either as a 12-month document or by month. To view and print the bulletin version of the Diversity and Inclusion Calendar, check out the following link clri-ltc.ca/resource/diversitycalendar-print/.
EDI Planning Calendar
The second version of the new printable Diversity and Inclusion Calendar is in a list format. This version is most broadly intended to be used by recreation team members, leaders and educators. The list format includes descriptions of all day-long, week-long, and month-long events. Each event is categorized as religious and spiritual, cultural celebration, or awareness and health promotion days.
We hope that having all of these events accessible in one place will help team members plan activities to support diversity and inclusion within their homes. The planning version of the calendar includes links on all event titles, which will take users to additional sources to allow for continued learning when planning activities.
The planning calendar is available to be printed as a 12-month document, but users can use printing options to select specific months if desired. To view and print the planning version of the Diversity and Inclusion Calendar, check out the following link clri-ltc.ca/diversitycalendar-print.
An important note for the calendars is that not all events have released their 2022 date. We have included TBA* (to be announced) into the calendars as placeholders. Please consult the digital version of the calendar, which will be updated when dates become available. To learn more about the events listed in the calendar, explore our Digital Diversity and Inclusion Calendar, which can be accessed at clri-ltc.ca/diversitycalendar.
How can the calendars be used?
There are many ways the Diversity and Inclusion Calendars can be used to support the shift to a more inclusive environment. Acknowledging and honouring events is a way to support people in feeling seen. For example, February is Black History Month. Some ways a home might honour this event is by:
- inviting guest speakers
- showing film, art, or literature by Black artists
- making a display board featuring biographical information about notable Black individuals
The digital calendar includes links for every date so that users can deepen their knowledge. We encourage people to take time to learn about different cultures, religions, and awareness days, and consider what action you can take as an individual and organizationally to be more inclusive.
We look forward to hearing all the great ways the two new printable calendars are used in LTC homes! If you are interested in providing us with feedback, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.