​Last week I was privileged to attend UHN's LGBTQ+ Open House. We heard powerful and moving stories from patients and staff that reminded all in attendance about the importance of creating a safe, inclusive environment for everyone who comes through our doors. I am so proud that we are putting important supports in place to help us achieve this; from the development of educational resources, training, and a website, to the creation of an HR Policy on Gender Identity, and an LGBTQ+ committee. We are so fortunate to be part of such a diverse community and it's important that we both celebrate and support all communities at UHN. I am proud of the work we've done, but I know there's more we must do to ensure we are creating an environment free from stigma, discrimination or harassment of any kind both for our patients and our staff.

Celebrate our new Purpose, Values & Principles (PVP) this week!

This week marks an important milestone on our journey of renewal: we are unveiling UHN's new Purpose, Values & Principles. This is the culmination of all our efforts and I greatly appreciate the time each of you took over the past year to engage with this incredibly important process. Your thoughts, ideas, and feedback have been instrumental in shaping our PVP, and our organization's future.

This PVP truly belongs to all of us in the UHN community, so I hope you'll stop by one of the celebration events happening this week – please note there has been a change in venue for the Toronto General and Toronto Western celebrations (schedule below). The events will include refreshments, a pop up photo booth, and posters of staff, patients, and volunteers sharing how they are living out our new PVP. There will also be PVP tree posters, where you can leave your thumbprint and sign your name. So please join me, members of our senior leadership, and UHN's patient partners as we celebrate our new Purpose, Values & Principles.

PVP Celebrations schedule:

  • Toronto Western Atrium (in front of Shoppers Drug Mart): Tuesday, Nov 29th @ 9 am to 10 am *please note change in venue
  • Toronto Rehab (TR) Bickle Auditorium: Tuesday, Nov 29th @ 1 pm to 2 pm
  • TR UC Front Lobby: Wednesday, Nov 30th @ 8 am to 9 am
  • The Michener Institute Annex 222: Wednesday, Nov 30th @ 12pm to 1 pm
  • Princess Margaret 7-605: Wednesday, Nov 30th @ 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Toronto General Munk Lobby (near Starbucks/TG Management Office): Thursday, Dec 1st @ 10:30 am to 11:30 pm *please note change in venue
  • TR Lyndhurst Lecture Rooms A/B: Thursday, Dec 1st @ 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm 

Reminder: IT Pulse Survey

The IT Pulse Survey closes this Friday, December 2nd – if you haven't already done so, please take a moment to fill out the survey. The survey should only take a few minutes to fill out and the insights you provide will help our IT Leadership Team better support your work and learn where improvements need to be made. Help us improve our IT services for you and all of UHN by filling out the Pulse survey here.


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