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What Drives Us

Our Mission | Our Vision | Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Statement | Respect Policy

Our Mission

To enhance the quality of life of older adults by providing social, recreational, educational and supportive programs and services that foster connection and inclusion in the broader community.

Our Vision

A Vancouver community that supports and empowers older adults to live involved, healthy and fulfilling lives.

EDI Statement

West End Seniors Network is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Introduction and Definitions

This EDI Policy outlines WESN’s commitment to EDI and ensures that all of its community members feel welcome in all aspects of WESN. However, this policy is always evolving. WESN continues to develop this policy over time by seeking input from our staff, volunteers, membership, clients, and overall community, to ensure this policy reflects the ongoing needs of those involved in or impacted by WESN. WESN is committed to infusing and developing the spirit of this policy throughout the organization.

Before explaining WESN’s commitment to EDI, it is important to be clear about what EDI means. There are important differences between diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Diversity speaks to the many social identities like race, gender, age, ethnicity, and culture, etc. It refers to the facets that make people different from one another. It’s not who people are—it’s the perspectives they bring to the table.

Inclusion has to do with whether diverse people feel valued in their positions on a non-profit board, as a staff member, volunteer, or in some other setting. As an example, inclusion in a non-profit board meeting means asking diverse board members to actively engage in board discussions and to give credence to their opinions.

The term Equity means making sure that everyone has access to the same opportunities despite any barriers or advantages. It’s the idea that everyone starts in the same place regardless of who they are or where they came from.

WESN’s Commitment to EDI

WESN is committed to and celebrates a diverse, inclusive, accessible, and equitable environment where all board members, staff, volunteers, members, and clients feel respected, welcomed and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, ethnocultural identification, religion, immigration status, socio-economic status, life experience, housed or unhoused status, ability, heritage, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, education, or any other bias.

We are committed to being non-discriminatory, to adhere to the inclusive terms stated above and to providing equal opportunities for employment, volunteering, and advancement in all areas of our work.

We are committed to the value that diverse life experiences bring to our board and leadership, and we strive to listen to their views and give them respect.

We are committed to modeling diversity, inclusion, and equity and maintaining fair and equal treatment for all, while continuing to work to remove barriers and create a welcoming environment to ensure that all our community members can safely and equitably access WESN spaces, programs, employment opportunities and services.

WESN is committed to pursuing truth and reconciliation. We do that by building relationships with local First Nations and exploring ways to make WESN a welcoming and safe place for Indigenous community members.

Respect Policy

At the West End Seniors’ Network (WESN) we strive to provide a safe, inclusive and welcoming space for all who enter. We value and celebrate the diversity of our senior community.

In order for our community to be respectful of all we uphold the following:
  • All persons are treated with respect, patience, kindness and understanding and we recognize and celebrate the uniqueness of each individual.
  • All are welcome here without judgment regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, financial status, culture, heritage, race or ethnicity, language, immigration or family status, faith and beliefs, or political affiliation.
  • This is a shared space. We work together to maintain a safe and welcoming environment at all times.
  • We respectfully acknowledge that we gather on unceded, occupied, ancestral, and traditional homelands of the Coast Salish peoples: xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

You are always welcome at WESN. But, if there are behaviours that conflict with our respect policy, it will be that person’s behaviour that is asked to leave until a mutual resolution can be found.