Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at PRH


Our hospital's formal EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) journey began with the launch of our EDI Committee in August, 2022. The committee, which meets quarterly, is comprised of staff who represent a diverse cross-section of employee groups and departments. We welcome new members who wish to be part of this journey whether that be staff, physicians or volunteers. 


The committee’s mandate is to advise and assist the Senior Leadership Team in the identification, development and implementation of measures and initiatives to ensure there are no groups excluded from the employee and patient experience at Pembroke Regional Hospital.


Specifically, areas where improvements can be made include policy, communication, celebration and education.  


EDI Committee Members  

Patricia Burke, Emergency Department

Josi Curry, Medical Records

Charae Degrow, Mental Health Services

Ralph Hatem, Human Resources

Jody Kulas, Human Resources 

Jennifer Lemay, Acute Mental Health 

Carolyn Levesque, Public Affairs and Communications

Heather Macmillan, Surgical Services 

Brent McIntyre, Human Resources 

Jennifer Meere, Diabetes Education 

Sabine Mersmann, Administration

Jackie Morrison, Human Resources

Michael Peters, Social Work

Julia Reddy, Decision Support  


Why this is important to us 


As a health care provider, embedding EDI in all that we do will enable us to provide more personalized care, and better understand and address barriers and factors that impact health outcomes and experiences for patients and families. 

As an employer, becoming an organization that encourages and values diverse ideas and perspectives will help us attract and retain the best talent, become even more innovative, and get better at solving the complex problems our organization and sector face.


Becoming a safer, more equitable and inclusive organization involves every role, every team, every function, and every patient who comes to us for care.


At the formal start of our EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) journey, we wanted to create a video that introduces our committee and speaks to what EDI means to us and the direction in which the Pembroke Regional Hospital is headed in this respect. This video, the first in what we hope will be a series going forward, also invites others to join us on our journey and links to this EDI page on our website.   




Examples of some of the work being done 


  • Finding ways for our patients to select how they wish to be addressed throughout their hospital experience.  
  • Updating policies to include gender-neutral language.
  • Hosting staff education sessions on topics such as the use of inclusive language, cultural sensitivity and community resources.
  • Ensuring signage is inclusive. 
  • Exploring ways to standardize non-gender-based greetings across the organization. 
  • Expanding the recognition and celebration of all those who are part of our community by acknowledging special days, weeks or months on our digital screens and social media sites and providing educational resources where possible and appropriate.  
  • Exploring ways to expand learning opportunities to include EDI as part of staff training and orientation. 


Provide Feedback / Contact Us 


Join us in fostering a more inclusive healthcare community. Embrace diversity, promote equity, and advocate for inclusion at Pembroke Regional Hospital.


If you have feedback or ideas about EDI at PRH, or wish to share your own lived experience, you can reach out to inclusion@prh.email


EDI Calendar (2024)


New Year's Day - January 1

Bell Let's Talk Day - January 24 



Black History Month

Recreation Therapy Month

World Cancer Day - February 4

National Catholic Health Care Week - February 4-10

Lunar (Chinese) New Year - February 10

World Day of the Sick - February 11

Cardiac Rehab Week - February 11-17

Valentine's Day - February 14

Family Day - February 19

Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying) - February 28



Pharmacy Appreciation Month

National Social Work Week - March 3-9

International Women's Day - March 8

Ramadan - March 10

Patient Safety Awareness Week - March 10-16

Healthcare HR Week - March 11-15

Dietitian's Day - March 15

St. Patrick's Day - March 17

Holi - March 25

Good Friday - March 29 

Easter - March 31 



World Health Day - April 7 

Trillium Gift of Life (TGLN) Green Shirt Day - April 7

National Medical Laboratory Week - April 14-20

National Volunteer Week - April 14-20

Health Information Professionals' Week - April 15-19

National Organ and Tissue Awareness Week - April 17-27

Administrative Professionals' Day - April 24

National Day of Mourning - April 28



National Physiotherapy Month

Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month 

Asian Heritage Month

National Physicians' Day - May 1

Cinco de Mayo - May 5

Mental Health Week - May 6-10 

Occupational Health and Safety Week - May 6-11

National Nursing Week - May 6-12

Mother's Day- May 12

Canada Health Day - May 12

National Hospital Week - May 12-18

Victoria Day - May 20

World No Tobacco Day - May 31



National Indigenous History Month

Pride Month 

Stroke Awareness Month 

Canadian Armed Forces Day - June 2

Father's Day - June 16



Canada Day - July 1 



Civic Holiday - August 5



Labour Day - September 2

Grandparents Day - September 8

Environmental Services and Housekeeper Appreciation Week - September 8-14

National IT Professionals' Day - September 17

National Rehabilitation Day - September 18 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation / Orange Shirt Day - September 30



Occupational Therapy Month 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week - October 1-7

Rosh Hashanah - October 2-4

Healthcare Supply Chain Week - October 6-12

Healthcare Food Service Workers' Week - October 6-12

Yom Kippur - October 12

Sterile Processing (MDR) Week - October 13-19

Workplace Bullying Awareness Week - October 13-19

Thanksgiving - October 14

Feast of St. Marguerite D'Youville - October 16

international Infection Prevention Week - October 17-23

Spiritual Care Week - October 20-26

Respiratory Therapy Week - October 20-26

Canadian Patient Safety Week - October 24-28

Halloween - October 31



Diwali - November 1

National Patient Transport (Porters) Week - November 1-7

Allied Health Professional Week- November 3-9

Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT) Week - Novemer 3-9

Remembrance Day - November 11

International Men's Day - November 19

National Child Day - November 20



Christmas - December 25

Hanukkah - December 25-January 2

Kwanzaa - December 26 

Boxing Day - December 26 





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