October is Diversity Awareness Month, a special time where we host a series of internal events to raise awareness and stimulate discussions on our unique workplace. And needless to say, this year has been no different. It all starts with the YVR team. The first step to embracing diversity is to be able to have open and honest conversations among the workforce and recognize the conscious efforts we take at YVR to include women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons.
This month, we brought in the All Bodies Dance Project, an inclusive dance company that brings together artists with and without disabilities to explore movement as a means of creative expression. We also had the privilege to invite Alden Hadacon, Diversity and Inclusion Strategist, to shed some light on the topic of “How to have the Diversity Conversation with Children.” Our employees learned to be prepared for children’s inevitable questions regarding diversity, and also gained basic diversity literacy that will foster inclusive attitudes and behaviours.
Local Mehndi artist Alisha Faheema came in with a fun customized henna painting session. We also celebrated the International Hot Dog Day with a diverse selection of smoky hot dogs featuring all sorts of creative flavours (Sadly, I was on a business trip and missed my personal favourite--the kimchi hotdog!). In addition to all these exciting events, employees also had the chance to participate in the infamous Ramping Minds training, navigating through the airport in the lens of people with disabilities.
YVR has been recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers for the 11th consecutive year. This recognition is a tribute to our outstanding team and is testament to our commitment to investing in our employees. At YVR, we truly believe in inclusiveness – that everybody should be able to fly and enjoy the world and, in the same way, that everybody should be able to have a great career working at the airport. That's why we celebrate diversity at YVR.