Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our Committment to Diversity

Wellspring welcomes and is accepting of all individuals diagnosed with cancer and those who care for them. We are committed to an authentic approach to deep listening, continuous learning and improvement. We are committed to belonging, dignity, justice and joy. Our DEI vision is that no one has to face cancer alone.

Our Focus Areas

Discover how Wellspring Alberta is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion through our key focus areas. From fostering safer spaces to creating a sense of belonging, we’re committed to making a positive impact in our community.

Learning & Communication

Improve learning and reflection for staff, volunteers, and leaders to create safer spaces. We'll also communicate more about DEI within Wellspring and to the public.


We'll work on building relationships with community partners serving equity-deserving groups. We'll also keep collaborating with the Wellspring D&I Advisory Roundtable.

Inclusive Policy

Wellspring is committed to embedding DEI best practices into its policies, addressing barriers, and enhancing a sense of belonging for all individuals.

Diversify Board

The organization is dedicated to ensuring that decision-makers represent diverse backgrounds and needs, thereby addressing a broader spectrum of needs within the community.

Resource Investment

Wellspring will intentionally and systematically embed resource allocation, both personnel and fiscal, within its processes to support DEI initiatives.

Diversify Staff & Volunteers

We aim to reflect Alberta's workforce diversity, including Indigenous, racialized individuals, and 2SLGBTQAI+ communities, so everyone feels represented.

Diversify Membership & Programming

We'll work to ensure everyone feels respected, faces fewer obstacles, and feels at home at Wellspring. Plus, we're starting a DEI speaker series, sharing diverse cancer stories.

Our Milestones

Explore some of Wellspring’s recent efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion, ensuring no one has to face cancer alone.

May 2024
“Diverse experiences of cancer” speaker series launches.
Feb 2024
Leadership completes harassment and discrimination training.
Diversity and Inclusion resources are explicitly identified in the budget.
The baseline data survey for volunteers and program leaders launches.
Oct 2023
Staff are encouraged to participate in events as centres are closed for National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.
Aug 2023
Wellspring's Commitment to DEI visual is launched.
May 2023
Wellspring adopts the BDJJ framework (Belonging, Dignity, Justice and Joy).
Feb 2023
A diversity statement for all job postings is adopted.
An inclusive holiday policy is approved and launched for staff.
Oct 2022
Wellspring recognizes National Day of Truth and Reconciliation as a stat holiday.
Our DEI Roadmap is created in collaboration with the D&I Roundtable.
Wellspring is invited to the Cancer Care Alberta (professional) Sharing Circle.
Oct 2021
The Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Roundtable is launched.
Wellspring becomes a Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) Employee Partner.
Nov 2021
CCDI is contracted to complete a diversity census and inclusion survey of Wellspring staff, program leaders and volunteers.
Nov 2020
Wellspring launches the Indigenous Cancer Sharing Circle.
Wellspring team members attend Indigenous training offered by Cancer Care Alberta.
Diversity and inclusion and unconscious bias training is introduced to staff and board.
Indigenous cultural objects and art are included at both centres in Calgary.
March 2020
A baseline Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarking Survey is completed and presented to the board.
The board includes a Diversity and Inclusion imperative in the 2021-2026 strategic plan.
Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Roundtable

The Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Advisory Roundtable is comprised of individuals who are committed to creating a Wellspring where everyone belongs. These are dedicated individuals who have: lived cancer experience; knowledge or experience with marginalization and racism; and/or, have encountered barriers to accessing community-based supportive care or the health care system.

Land Acknowledgement

Our health and wellbeing are connected to the land and the environment that surrounds us. We acknowledge that the land we share, learn, and live on are traditional territories in Alberta of Treaty 6, Treaty 7 and Treaty 8, Métis Settlements and the Six Regions. This is the home of many First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Here at Wellspring we are both settlers and Indigenous and we pay tribute to those whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries. Wellspring acknowledges the traditional healing pathways and knowledge of our interconnectedness with the land as gifts provided by Elders and Knowledge Keepers. 

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