Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

We’re on a journey. We celebrate multiple perspectives, we believe diversity makes us thrive. At Couch of Hope difference is cherished.

Located in the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people, Couch of Hope respects and honors the diverse histories, languages, cultures, and experiences of the First Peoples of Canada. People of African descent have shared these lands, in what is now called Nova Scotia, for more than 400 years; over 50 strong and resourceful African Nova Scotian communities exist here today. Nova Scotia and Canada continue to grow in diversity. We extend this respect and honour to the diversity in our community that includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, socio-economic status, class, and religion.

We are committed to creating an inclusive environment that brings together diverse perspectives from our Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers, Interns and Partners within our community. We are continually growing our network, programs, and tools to help those in our community have sufficient access to mental health services. As Registered Counselling Therapists we are called to advocacy and justice in our Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, we place human rights and dignity at the center of clinical practice and supervision of Counselling Interns.

Specific ways in which we have actively brought an equity lens to our work include service experience with under-represented groups through outreach, ongoing EDI conversations and training, diverse teaching approaches, community partnerships with diverse and underserviced groups and creating an anti-oppressive statement that is a living document to be revisited regularly.

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