Summer 2022's events are celebrating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Updated: Jul 7

The month of June 2022 was filled with tons of events and celebrations, including (but not limited to) the Indigenous and Pride celebrations. Our Unique Get Together Society (UGTS) team celebrated these important causes, but also participated in a two-day staff training (June 9th and 10th) with Chief Darrell Bob at the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association (FRAFCA)’s headquarters in Surrey, B.C. FRAFCA’s mission is “to support the activities that promote the health and well-being of Aboriginal People and to promote the resurgence of resident Aboriginal culture, language, and teachings, particularly those of local residency”. This was in line with June 21st, Canada’s Indigenous Peoples Day.

Some of our Tribe members also had the opportunity to attend a Sweat Lodge hosted by Lodge Keeper, John Delorme, on June 23rd, which turned out to be a unique experience for those who have never tried it before! So what is a sweat lodge about? The Canadian Encyclopedia (2021) defines it as follows:

A heated dome-shaped structure used by Indigenous peoples during certain purification rites and as a way to promote healthy living. The intense heat generated — often by steam created from pouring water onto heated rocks — is meant to encourage a sweating out of toxins and negative energy that create disorder and imbalance in life. In this way, the sweat lodge ceremony cleanses the body, mind and soul.

The definition also adds that it is “a sacred place, likened to the womb of Mother Earth”. The below graphic shows how much fun our UGTS team had during this event:

It is important for UGTS staff and management to continuously get trained and grow their skills, as it contributes to becoming more empathetic, open-minded, and understanding. Cultural awareness is about our ability to connect with and care for others, regardless of their differences. Not everyone had the chance (or curiosity) to learn and interact with different cultures.

Training and development (T&D) programs like these abovementioned ones are regular at Unique Get Together Society. They matter because they promote sharing, compassion, and inclusivity among our team, but also towards UGTS’ stakeholders through our various programs and events. If you are interested in continuing education and learning, here are current trainings intended for both UGTS employees and clients:

- Early Childhood Education (ECE) program in partnership with CDI College -

- Financial Litteracy -

- Seniors Digital Literacy program (for 50+ years old) - call 236-317-3153

So if you are interested or know someone who is, reach out to us or share the info!

One of UGTS' awesome programs that were recently launched is the Warrior Program for 6 to 18 years old young males, initiated by Dr. Ricardo Manhmohan. You can visit our website for the list of other programs offered at UGTS:

And since it is the holiday season, registrations are now open for Summer Camps in Chilliwack, Vancouver, and a Cultural Camp in Kamloops. Contact to register your kids or for any inquiries.

Diversity and inclusion are challenges that are crucial to effectively manage in contemporary organizations. According to an article from the Canadian Immigrant, “diversity in the workplace refers to having and welcoming people from different cultures, genders, sexualities, disabilities and ethnicities, and voices. In short, it means having a heterogeneous workforce of distinctive perspectives and experiences that’s reflective of the society in which an organization operates in”. In June, we also celebrated Multiculturalism Day, a day that reminds us that we, as individuals, need to foster equity, diversity, inclusion, and mutual respect in our everyday lives and careers.