The protests that erupted following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis during a brutal police arrest made us realize that we cannot continue to carry on business as usual.
Racism is certainly a problem in the United States, but it is also a problem in Quebec, in the rest of Canada and throughout the world.
At their best, human beings can be open-minded, empathetic and have integrity. Unfortunately they can also be malicious, divisive and even violent.
We owe it to ourselves to change things and bring out the best in us!
Turning our eyes away and pretending that racism and social injustice have no impact on society can only harm us. We care about our colleagues, clients, partners, and the communities in which we live, and we have a responsibility to practice the golden rule of treating others as we would like to be treated ourselves.
At this time, we do not have all the answers as to how to deal with the scourge of racism and discrimination, but we do know that indifference is out of the question. That is why we want to listen, learn and take action to bring about lasting change in our society. We need to double our efforts to raise awareness, educate and ensure that our inclusive workplace remains an environment where our colleagues feel supported and respected.
Because every action counts, we have made a donation to The Trevor Williams Foundation for Children. This foundation encourages young people in Montreal to become contributing members of their community through sports, education and mentoring.
Each of us can do our part to fight racism and discrimination. Capital-Image's management committee and its team are committed to listening, learning and helping to make a difference over the long term.
Silvie Letendre, ARP, FSCRP
President and CEO