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June 20, 2014

SickKids celebrates WorldPride

By Mackenzie Hill-Strathy

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A. Leboo, Therapeutic Clown at SickKids, chats with a tiny Family Pride participant in 2013.

SickKids always strives to provide the best child and family-centred care. From June 23 to 29, SickKids will celebrate the diversity of its patients, families and staff by participating in WorldPride 2014 happening in Toronto.

"Being a part of WorldPride is important for who we are as an organization and who we are as a city," said David Brownstone, Clinical Manager and Education Coordinator in Social Work at SickKids. "Toronto is known for being one of the most diverse cities in the world. The celebration of WorldPride conveys that all facets of the community of Toronto, including health care, are thinking about inclusivity."

SickKids will be part of Family Pride on June 28 and 29, a kid-friendly zone at the festival held at the Church St. Junior Public School. As a 'Friend of Family Pride,' SickKids will have a booth at the festival on both days with interactive activities and games for children and their families.

On June 28, this will include the "Care for Your Bear" clinic, where children can take a teddy bear through simulations of health-care procedures. It is also an opportunity to provide caregivers with general health information and engage with children and families who may find themselves in the Hospital.

"Participating in WorldPride is an opportunity for SickKids to demonstrate not only that we believe in inclusivity, but also that we are taking active measures to ensure health equity in our diverse community," said Brownstone, who is particularly proud of the staff involvement this year.  "Activities at SickKids and at Family Pride are a culmination of a wide range of committed staff from across the organization coming together to support these initiatives."

Patients, staff and families can also celebrate within the Hospital by enjoying Pride-inspired menu items and rainbow-themed stories in the Family Centre as well as by participating in a roundtable discussion or special presentation.

"We are constantly recognizing ways to improve inclusivity at SickKids," said Karen Sappleton, Manager of Child and Family Centred Care & Health Equity. "We want to respect and partner with all patients and families, in hopes of improving communication and ultimately providing equitable care that will lead to better patient and family experiences."

This is the first WorldPride held in North America and the fourth in the world. The festival lasts from June 20 to 29 and is expected to double the usual attendance for Pride Week, bringing two million visitors to the city of Toronto.  

Read more about SickKids WorldPride events.