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CAMH named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2014

February 10, 2014 (Toronto) – The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for a fourth year in a row.

It's an honor to again be recognized as a top diversity employer,” said CAMH President and CEO, Dr. Catherine Zahn. “Health equity and inclusion are critical components of patient-centred care and we strive to reflect this in the way we deliver mental health care and services.”

The Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition recognizes the nation’s leading organizations when it comes to creating inclusive workplaces for employees from five diverse groups: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) peoples.

Here are some of the reasons CAMH was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2014:

  • Manages "Employment Works!", a unique program to help those who have experience living with mental health or addiction problems to access meaningful employment. Since the program's inception, CAMH has hired over 300 individuals with histories of mental illness or addiction.

  • Maintains an employment equity plan and diversity and inclusion strategy, reviewed on an annual basis, as well as a diversity and health equity strategy group, which meets quarterly and is comprised of employees from all levels of the organization

  • Diversity goals are also included as a mandatory component of performance reviews and are integrated into interview questions for prospective employees

  • Offers language interpretation services for clients in over 160 languages, available 24/7, and manages dedicated access service and care programs for a wide range of communities, including women's mental health, addictions programs for Aboriginal peoples, and is developing a refugee mental health training program.

“CAMH is delighted to be recognized again as a 2014 recipient of Canada’s Best Diversity Employer’s award,” says Bill Manley, Director of Human Resources at CAMH.  “We appreciate the great contributions of employees whose commitment to diversity and equity has made this award possible.  It makes me very proud to be part of an organization that demonstrates leadership in diversity and equity."

"The diversity of CAMH’s workforce is of enormous benefit to the organization and the quality of care provided to clients in that we represent a varied demographic that clients can relate to and trust", says CAMH Administrative Assistant Kaya-Marisa Meadows. “Being part of a diverse organization allows me to learn and grow from others who see things differently or do things different,” adds Nadia Ramadhin, Information Officer, First Impressions Program. “It’s a great way to develop personally and professionally."

Click here for more information on CAMH’s health equity and diversity initiatives.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, and one of the world's leading research centres in the field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.

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