Celebrating diversity at Cumberland Regional hospital

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Wreaths decorating health care facilities

Diversity is being celebrated at Cumberland County health care facilities.

Dawn Ripley, chair of the Cumberland Health Authority’s cultural diversity/social inclusion committee, shows off one of the wreaths decorating the county’s hospitals and primary health care clinics in celebration of the cultural diversity of those working at and visiting the facilities.

AMHERST – The people who work at and make use of the health care facilities around Cumberland County come from all over, and that diversity is being celebrated during this holiday season.

An initiative of the Cumberland Health Authority’s (CHA) cultural diversity/social inclusion committee, a series of wreaths brightly decorated with flags from countries and communities representing CHA staff can be found at each of the sites.

The committee was looking for a way to showcase the varied cultural backgrounds of the individuals who provide health care in the county, as well as those who visit the facilities, according to Dawn Ripley, committee chair.

“We knew we had a very diverse workforce, but when we began compiling the information for this project, we quickly learned how fortunate we are to have people from over 20 countries working for the CHA.”

The wreaths were assembled with help from some of the organization’s many volunteers with each one being unique by including flags from a variety of countries, as well as other minorities such as the gay community and First Nations.

Ripley was showcasing two of the wreaths at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre on Thursday, while others were being transported to primary health care clinics and hospitals around the district.

“As our patients, residents, clients and visitors see these beautiful wreaths over the coming days, we hope they will appreciate the backgrounds and experiences that have brought people from around the world to Cumberland County,” she said. “With their presence, our community at large is a much richer place, not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year.”

awagstaff@citizenrecord.ca

Twitter: @ADNandrew

Organizations: Cumberland Health Authority, Cumberland Regional hospital, First Nations Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre

Geographic location: Cumberland County

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