Acknowledging recent demonstrations and reaffirming our support for 2SLGBTQ+ communities

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To our East Toronto community,

Last week, a number of protests took place across Canada, including here in Toronto, that encourage transphobic and hateful actions against individuals who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

As the Ontario Health Team (OHT) serving East Toronto, East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP) condemns these recent demonstrations.

We recognize that freedom of gender expression is integral to an individual’s health and well-being, and stand in solidarity with our trans, Two-Spirit and non-binary community members, including our staff; clients; and patient, caregiver and community advisors.

Our member organizations remain safe spaces for gender expression, and we support everyone’s human right to identify and present themselves in a way that feels truest to them.

We understand these recent events may have caused distress for some community members. If you need support, we encourage you to contact one of the resources below in East Toronto.

Equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging are priorities in ETHP’s work with community members to better connect local care and services.

We look forward to our continued collaboration with partners to help ensure a safe, healthy and welcoming East Toronto for all.

With gratitude,

The ETHP Leadership Team

Jason Altenberg
CEO, South Riverdale Community Health Centre

Anne Babcock
President and CEO, WoodGreen Community Services

Arun Bala
Patient, Family and Caregiver Advisor

Dr. Karen Chu
Family Physician and Member, East Toronto Family Practice Network

Robin Griller
Executive Director, St. Michael’s Homes

Melanie Kohn
President and CEO, Michael Garron Hospital

Sonia Kanzian
Executive Vice President, Clinical Programs, People and Chief Nursing and Health Professions Officer, Unity Health Toronto

Cynthia Marinelli
CEO, Chester Village

Dr. Kathryn Nichol
President and CEO, VHA Home HealthCare

Dr. Jeff Powis
Medical Lead, Integrated Care, East Toronto Health Partners

Dr. Anne Wojtak
Lead, East Toronto Health Partners

Dr. Catherine Yu
Family Physician and Member, East Toronto Family Practice Network

Shirley Zhu
Patient, Family and Caregiver Advisor

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