How we celebrated Pride Month: Loud, proud, and in-person
August 10, 2022
August 10, 2022
Our Pride@Stantec employee resource group (ERG) welcomed the joyful return of face-to-face Pride Month gatherings
For the last two years, Pride Month celebrations around the world felt, much like many other areas of our lives, somewhat muted. Many of the vibrant parades and street parties which showcase and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community were put on hold, with many of us uniting online instead.
Here’s how we shared the spirit of Pride Month across our Company and communities this past June.
As we continue to get into the swing of our routines in offices around the world, we were able to get together for Pride celebrations:
During Stantec in the Community Week this June, we also supported a range of community organizations with LGBTQ+ connections. These included:
“It was thrilling to see the big smiles and feel the buzz of energy in everyone’s voices this year,” says Ricardo Carlos Perez, Director, Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in our Austin, Texas office. “Being together, having fun, celebrating who we are, and helping others—this is what inclusion and diversity is all about.”
We participated in Pride parades across July—for example, one in Bristol, United Kingdom, as well as one that will be held at the end of the month in Vancouver, British Columbia. And as excited as we are to be together in-person once again, we have also learned that online events play an important role in our organization: they bring us together in the broadest way across our geographies. As a result, we also continued to host Microsoft Teams sessions and webinars during Pride Month.
Pride Month may only last a few weeks, but we have opportunities to show our pride all year long. Our employees can:
All our efforts make a difference. They help us to understand each other’s experiences and help make them better. They also bring us closer to making Stantec a truly inclusive organization—one where we can all confidently bring our authentic selves to work each day. We’re continuously measuring our actions toward this goal through participation in external surveys such as the Global Benchmark sponsored by Workplace Pride and our recent signing of The Declaration of Amsterdam.