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Welcoming Environments


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One of Eric Wong’s many roles is as the  anti racism consultant for FNESC.  He held a presentation like no other at theFNESC 14th Annual Provinical Conference! There were games and laughter and the room was full of energy. Eric has worked hard to be where he is today and promotes his recipe for success:  Never give up and always value differences and welcome individuality.  He taught us how we can ensure that we achieve this in our environments.

 A healthy happy welcoming environment will include the following:

Helping out
Caring and respect
Accepting of feelings
Belonging
Sharing of stories
Fun, healthy debate
Cooking bannock
Connection to nature
Cultural expression

The overhead presentation shocked me. I learned that racism can come form teachers, sometimes through comments that they make. I saw that the students were speechless, disappointed, and far passed upset when forced to deal with a racist comment coming from someone like a teacher.

I learned that people in the workplace need to understand differences and take steps to ensure that each individual is treated as human no matter what color they are or what kind of preceived differences they have.

Yours respectfully,

Carmelita Abraham

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November 30, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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