My goodness and it is already the middle of August and where has this summer
I for one just want to enjoy these long sunshine days for as long as I can
before Fall comes calling.
I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you today and for this
week Donna J. Jodhan laments the continuing toxic corporate culture! A
barrier and stumbling block that just refuses to go away!
I’m Christian Robicheau wishing you a pleasant weekend.
Is anyone home?
By Donna J. Jodhan
This is how I and so many other Canadians with a disability are feeling and
have been so for so very long now. Yes, is anyone home? Is anyone
When it comes to how Federal and Provincial entities interact with Canadians
with disabilities; they consult but miserably fail to collaborate! They
work for us but not with us! They continue to speak for us but not with us!
They ask for feedback and when we tell them that they need to change how
they acquire their feedback and from exactly whom; they say they understand
but alas! They never listen choosing instead to continue with old habits.
Recently, I took some time to render some suggestions to a Provincial entity
where I told them that more collaboration and less consultation needed to
take place. They told me that they understood and agreed but the next day I
received an email from them that simply left me shaking my head with true
sadness, horror and disappointment.
They said that they did not need to seek the opinions of individuals as they
were already doing so through organizational reps. They ended by saying
that their 4 asks to individuals were their opinions of what needed to be
What’s wrong with the picture here in my humble opinion is that entities are
not willing to change. They continue to ignore the need to collaborate
choosing instead to consult which is a one way communication process. This
is an old corporate cultural habit; an artificial barrier that continues to
be a thorn in the side of Canadians with disabilities.
It is a chronic syndrome and an extremely toxic situation that will continue
to prevail for as long as society as a whole believes that they know better
than persons with disabilities when it comes to understanding the needs and
requirements of persons with disabilities.
It is the reason why I decided some time ago to walk slowly away from
advocacy and my walk is now almost complete. No regrets! Just
disappointment that I am leaving an unsolved problem with no obvious
Just my two cents for today.
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