Honouring black history and celebrating Black History Month

by Dr. Naveed Mohammad | Feb 10, 2021

This month, William Osler Health System (Osler) is joining many other Canadian institutions in observing Black History Month. I’m proud to work for an organization that draws strength from its diversity and is committed to inclusion and anti-discrimination. And yet even as I reflect on all we’ve done, I know there is still so much to do. 

Corporate policies, procedures and good intentions fall short when they are not felt and lived by the very people they are intended to support. As CEO, it’s part of my role to ensure our culture reflects our desire for greater health equity, removes barriers to care and supports our teams with the opportunities and resources they require.

One doesn’t have to look far to see that discrimination continues to exist in many forms and remains present both globally and here at home. At Osler, we’re honouring this Black History Month by amplifying the inspiring voices of our Black colleagues, as well as renewing our pledge to confront discrimination, racism and inequality.  And while these activities are important, we also understand that more is required of us, including reflection, dialogue and a commitment from us all every day – not just during a dedicated month. 

To that end, I am tremendously proud of the over 150 staff and physicians who have stepped up as members of Osler’s Anti-Discrimination Core Action Group, volunteering their time and energy to become catalysts for change towards anti-discrimination and anti-racism. Their efforts will be instrumental in shaping Osler into a better place for us all, and I look forward to supporting and learning from them.  In the weeks and months to come, I will also continue to learn and grow, both personally and professionally, so that I may continue to help lead the way for this important work.