Diversity Celebrated At Garrison Petawawa

The Valley’s largest employer celebrates the diversity within its ranks, and around its entire workforce today. 

Garrison Petawawa is holding a Cultural and Diversity Festival to honour the contributions of a variety of groups, including women, aboriginal people, those with disabilities, visibile minorities, and the LGBTQ community. 

Lieutenant Colonel Darcy Wright says it’s important to recognize diversity is not only what makes the 7,000-plus workforce at Petawawa strong, but the Canadian Forces as a whole.

"We're a diverse workspace, and a diverse community", LCol Wright told Star 96.7.

"A lot of our strength and our operational effectiveness, and why Canadian soldiers are so effective at home and abroad, is from our diversity, and our ability to solve problems from that", LCol Wrigth added.

The event starts at 10 this morning at Dundonald Hall on Garrison Petawawa and is open to the public.

It will begin with an aboriginal smudging ceremony, and will include exhibits, presentations, performances and guest speakers representing several advisory groups on the Garrison that contribute to the Petawawa Diversity and Employment Equity Advisory Group.

The Garrison says some occasions being marked by the group include Aboriginal Awareness Week (May 19-22), International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discimination (March 21), International Women's Day (March 8), and International Day for Persons with Disabilities (December 3).

Today's event also comes on the eve of International Women’s day which will be marked tomorrow.