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Celebrating Pride: How WCD is Championing Diversity in 2022


Happy Pride Week! Calgary’s Pride Parade + Festival is in full swing, taking place from August 26 – September 5, 2022. In celebration and reflection, we’re looking back on the progress we’ve made to support the LGBTQA+ community and improve diversity, equity and inclusion at WCD this year.

WCD’s Progress Toward Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in 2022

1) Partnership with Pride in Business

    This year, we partnered with Pride in Business as their official Print & Signage Sponsor. Working to create connections within the LGBTQA+ community of professionals and entrepreneurs, Pride in Business is on a mission to enhance visibility, support and commerce in the community.

    Through our partnership, we’ve played a humble role in the success of several Pride in Business events, including Pride in Art, an event that showcased the work of several local LGBTQA+ artists, and the upcoming 10-Year Anniversary Rooftop Bash, taking place on August 31, 2022.

    Pride in Art Event
    Pride in Art 2022

    We’re proud to support Pride in Business, and we look forward to our continued partnership.

    2) WCD Diversity Council & Internal Awareness

      Last year, we recognized a need to create space for open discussion around diversity and inclusion in our workplace. In response, we established WCD’s first ever Diversity Council—an internal group of leaders committed to creating dialogue and taking actionable steps to ensure everyone feels empowered to be their most authentic selves at work.

      As an organization, we’re proud of the diversity that makes our culture uniquely ours. We also recognize that the work is never done, which is why our team is committed to continually improving our DEI initiatives. To start, we’re launching our 2022 employee survey with an added emphasis on collecting feedback and valuable insights from staff on areas we can improve DEI in the workplace.

      What Pride Week Means for WCD’s Candace Ogden

      Candace Ogden

      Last year, we celebrated Pride by interviewing WCD’s Rob Steed, VP of Partnerships & Client Engagement. This year, we asked Candace Ogden, Customer Service Representative to share a bit about what Pride means to her as a member of the LGBTQA+ community.

      Read last year's interview with Rob Steed >

      What does Pride mean to you?

      "For my family, Pride means being at one with who we are inside and out and accepting love as love. We teach our children that if we open our hearts to others, we will learn acceptance through doing so."

      How do you celebrate Pride week with your family?

      "Our family attends community events during Pride week which really helps to teach the youngest members in our family about diversity. But we don’t just celebrate Pride during this week. We are a family that celebrates who we are all throughout the year."

      How do you show your support for diversity and inclusion at work all year round?

      "In any social setting, including at work, the one thing I have learned on my journey is that being open and fully comfortable with who I am is a great way to stimulate inclusion anywhere. Not only do I show complete confidence in myself, I also make a genuine effort to show interest in others and learn about what makes them unique."

      We teach our children that if we open our hearts to others, we will learn acceptance through doing so.

      What is your advice to businesses who want to be better allies to the LGBTQA+ community?

      "My advice to businesses is to not only show the support visually, but to take a solid stance in advocating on behalf of the LGBTQA+ community. It is such a multifaceted community that often there is a lack of understanding for one another, even amongst those of us who are members of this community.

      Take time to listen and to try to understand others, and when there is a lack of understanding, find and provide resources to those who may be struggling with who they are."

      How You Can Celebrate Pride Week

      Feeling the spirit of Pride? Visit Calgary Pride's Community Events Calendar to discover the many inclusive and interactive events happening around the city this week.




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