Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Honours for Canadian Chiropractic Association
Finalist in first CharityVillage Conference and Awards
Toronto, November 10, 2021 – The Canadian Chiropractic Association is honoured to announce that it was a finalist in the category of Best Nonprofit Employer – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (20+ staff) Award as a part of the inaugural CharityVillage Conference and Awards. The CCA’s CEO, Alison Dantas, was also one of five finalists in the category Best Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace (Individual).
Presented virtually on November 3, 2021, the awards honoured companies and individuals in a number of categories. The CCA is among 10 other organizations in its best nonprofit employer category.
“It is an incredible honour for the CCA and me to receive these nominations and to have placed as finalists,” Dantas noted. “The CCA believes strongly in the need for greater understanding of issues relating to DEI. As a result, we have had workshops for our staff, our members, and their clinic staff, and we continue to offer these valuable training sessions.”
She continued, “These conversations are important for us all to have, to ensure that we remain open to other cultures, other values, and other points of view and that we make room at the table for these sometimes challenging discussions to continue and thrive.”
In early 2021, several CCA members joined the organization’s DEI Task Force. The CCA’s position on DEI is very clear: the CCA recognizes that systemic racism and discrimination exist for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC), members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, persons from various religious backgrounds, persons with disabilities, and women.
The CCA believes that embracing diversity, equity and inclusion is the best way to address these inequalities. Our goal is to create an inclusive and equitable environment where patients, chiropractors, board directors, CCA staff and members of the broader public are valued for their differences.”
The CharityVillage awards were open to all Canadian nonprofit and charity organizations; employees and volunteers who work or have worked in nonprofit and charity organizations; and any professionals considered experts in their area of expertise that support nonprofit organizations.
As part of its DEI strategy, the CCA has committed to the following achievements:
- Increasing access to chiropractic care by ensuring underrepresented groups value and have access to chiropractic as a way to live healthy, active lives;
- Empowering CCA staff, board directors, and members to confront and dismantle systemic racism and discrimination;
- Sparking innovation, excellence and integrity in its work by increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession’s leadership roles;
- Fostering open and caring environments where dialogue about diversity, equity and inclusion can take place; and
- Valuing and promoting the competencies of cultural agility at all levels of the CCA, with stakeholders and with the profession.
About the Canadian Chiropractic Association
The Canadian Chiropractic Association represents Doctors of Chiropractic across Canada who treat and manage musculoskeletal conditions that impact the health of millions of Canadians. Every year, at least 4.7 million Canadians rely on chiropractors to help them manage the serious burden of musculoskeletal pain and disease. As one of Canada’s largest primary contact health care professions, chiropractors provide evidence-based, non-invasive, drug-free manual therapies.
Evelyn Yallen, Director of Marketing & Communications