Like many of you, I am troubled and saddened by the racial tensions that have erupted. Racism does not have a place at Toronto Community Housing or in our society. The events that have unfolded in response to the murder of George Floyd and, closer to home, in the search for answers in the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet have ignited outrage, hurt and sadness.
These events have moved me to reflect as the leader of an organization where large segments of our employees and tenants are Black. Just as we have deepened our efforts to improve living conditions and service delivery for tenants, we will deepen our commitment to eliminating anti-Black racism and all forms of discrimination.
With two-thirds of tenants and more than half our staff identifying as a member of a racialized minority, our values of respect, inclusion, diversity and fairness must be at the heart of everything we do. And I am committed to having us do more, to do better and to do things differently.
Access to culturally relevant services for members of Black communities continues to be a gap in our city, province and country. But I'm thankful there are still some strong, reliable and committed organizations offering this support. Enclosed is a list of organizations you can reach out to if you or someone you know needs help dealing with anti-Black racism.
At this time, it is important to us that we reflect on the need for change, check in with each other, listen to each other and live our values of equity and respect.
Kevin Marshman (he/him)
President and CEO
Toronto Community Housing recognizes that anti-Black racism exists in our society and it has negative impacts on the health of tenants, particularly Black tenants. Here is a list of organizations you can reach out to if you or someone you know needs help dealing with anti-Black racism.
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