Internationally, Canada is known as a multicultural country. We welcome and celebrate the different cultures and beliefs around the world. It is said that you can take a tour of the world in Toronto without leaving the city. As diverse and colorful of a society we are, we seem to be still lacking representation in educational institutions, corporations, and public sectors. It makes me question, how such a mosaic country is still lacking representation in the twenty-first century?
The topics of diversity and inclusion have grown immensely over the last few years. From the corporate fields to the public sectors, industries are working hard to create inclusive and diverse environments that are truly a reflection of Canada. At the end of the day, the point is simple, I want to see me.
If we want to see the diversity in our society that we dream about, it starts by planting the seeds of potential in the hearts of children. Children need to realize that regardless of their ability, gender, race or beliefs they are fully capable of achieving all the dreams their heart desires.
Yet, it saddens me to hear cases where educators are refusing to teach a student because of a learning challenge, lack of supports for adults with disabilities once the existing school or not enough resources for all the students in the classroom. If the government and other organizations wonder why there isn’t diversity among the applicants for jobs or post-secondary programs, maybe they should ask why are students settling in life?
I may not have a green thumb, but I know this much is true. A farmer does not go out in the field to plant their seeds in the ground one day and expect to harvest the next day. To have a successful harvest, it takes weeks of tending to the crops. It will require a lot of hard work but soon the farmer will be able to see the fruits of their labour.
The same applies with diversity and inclusion in our society. We need to stop looking at a child based on their diagnoses, a label, their socioeconomic background and see them as a person full of potential. We need to change our attitudes and break the glass ceiling that are holding people back. #DontDisMyAbility
Growing up, I did not alway see a representation of myself in every space I was in. I wanted to change that through Special Compass. I felt people restricted me because of my learning disability, my gender, race and even age. My mission is simple, to help others see their potential. At the end of the day I want to see me, you want to see you and we want to see a reflection of us. There are #NoLimits to what we can achieve, we all belong in this space.