Events and Learning

With initiatives like spiritual and diversity events, guest speakers, an abundance of resources and new training programs, you will have the support to make a positive change for you, your peers and visitors of the hospital.

Events & Learning

Throughout the year, our Inclusion and Diversity Program will provide opportunities for all members of the Mackenzie Health community to celebrate and learn together. With training for all employees, programs to foster connection and guest speakers, there is something for everyone.

Celebrations & Events

By sharing the history and meaning of holidays, we aim to create awareness, understanding and belonging. Whether these spiritual and diversity celebrations are part of your tradition or something new that you would like to learn more about, everyone is welcome to join and connect with each other. Events and celebrations include:

  • Easter
  • Eid
  • Rosh Hashanah
  • Christmas
  • Diwali
  • Pride

We will also celebrate diversity through monthly Inclusion and Diversity Days. During these days, Mackenzie Health will encourage knowledge and experience sharing among units, staff, patients, families, volunteers and physicians. It will help enhance relationships, enrich communication and showcase our strengths.


Mackenzie Health is offering new initiatives for the community to learn and grow. With a focus on accountability, equitable access, respect, celebration and partnerships, the training opportunities will provide an opportunity to learn and make a positive impact on everyone you meet.

We will be sending out monthly e-blasts to everyone within our organization that focus on inclusion, diversity and equity, including stories from our community. By visiting our Learning, Wellness & Inclusion Academy Calendar, you can keep up-to-date on programs and events scheduled, such as:

A speaker series will be held on Accountability, Respect & Celebration, Equitable Access and Partnerships. It’s a perfect way to join in on the conversation and learn how these drivers can create a positive impact on the way we connect.

An article on many aspects of inclusion and diversity will be shared regularly to create powerful, impactful, memorable and relevant change to the way we understand situations and each other. It will provide you the ability to learn at your own pace and join the conversation when you are ready. 

This three-part series supports the Mackenzie Health community in recognizing unconscious bias, delivering culturally responsive health care, and understanding our roles as allies in health care.

Uncovering Unconscious Bias

The first session of the series highlights how the messages we’re taught from birth about race, class, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, age, physical abilities, religion, sexual orientation and other aspects of human diversity generate stereotypes that significantly influence our perceptions and interactions without our conscious awareness.

Learning Objectives

  • Assess the impact of unconscious bias in the workplace.
  • Reflect on our own unconscious biases and how they influence our interactions with patients and colleagues.
  • Develop strategies to challenge unconscious bias in the workplace and our daily lives.

Ensuring Culturally Responsive Care

The second session of the series explores how our cultural values intersect with the way we interact with patients and colleagues and opportunities to offer culturally responsive and inclusive care to our diverse communities.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine how our cultural lens impacts our interactions with patients and colleagues
  • Identify components of observable and unobservable characteristics of culture
  • Explore strategies and resources to facilitate culturally responsive care  

The Role of Allyship in Health care

The third session of the series emphasizes the importance of allyship and what it means to be an effective ally in the health care community. Participants learn how being an ally can ensure safe and inclusive care for the diverse communities we work with and alongside.  

Learning Objectives

  • Reflect on the importance of safe and inclusive patient care
  • Recognize our roles as allies in the Mackenzie Health community
  • Identify what we can say and do to be effective allies to diverse communities

Also part of the Inclusion and Diversity Program is a new orientation available to staff and volunteers. The Cultural Competency & Sensitivity Training will enhance knowledge and awareness of cultures that make up Mackenzie Health to ensure there is a shared understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion. It will introduce the program and emphasize the importance of using these values and behaviours to make the hospital a safe place for everyone.  

Are you ready to get involved? Take a look at our Learning, Wellness & Inclusion Academy Calendar to see upcoming events and programs to join, or reach out to the Inclusion and Diversity Program Committee to see what’s next in the program. 

Take time to learn with us and see how great our future will be when we all feel safe and welcome.

Are you ready to get involved? Take a look at our Learning and Wellness Academy Calendar by clicking here to see upcoming events and programs to join, or reach out to the Inclusion and Diversity Program Committee to see what’s next in the program.