Embracing the diversity of cultures and lifestyles in Grey County
At Grey County we believe there is strength in the diversity of our community. Diversity can mean many things: our identity, culture, and beliefs, including but not limited to ethnicity, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and ability. We also recognize everyone brings unique experiences, values, and contributions which add value to our community.
By embracing inclusivity and promoting understanding we can create a community that is strong, welcoming, and willing to learn. When we are intolerant of those who are different from us, and unwilling to learn, we create an environment that is divisive and unwelcoming, and even hateful. Let’s challenge discrimination and hate when we see it and instead choose to learn from each other, respect each other, and accept each other for who we are.
As Warden, I challenge everyone to participate in events, workshops and initiatives that promote diversity and celebrate cultures and beliefs that differ from your own. Listen with empathy, challenge your own assumptions, and engage in thoughtful conversations. There are already great resources in our community, such as Grey Bruce Pride, Welcoming Grey Bruce, and the Grey Bruce Local Immigration Partnership. I encourage you to seek them out. I hope that representatives of these organizations will attend a community services committee meeting or County Council to help us understand how our services could be improved to be more welcoming.
As Winston Churchill once said, “Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.” Let’s respect each other and celebrate the diversity of our community to make Grey County a place where all voices are valued and everyone feels welcome.
- Grey County Warden Brian Milne