Stronger Together ― Celebrating Black Culture at Medavie

At Medavie, we are committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in everything we say and do.

We encourage and empower diverse voices knowing that varied perspectives fuel collaboration, innovation and service excellence that is central to our mission of improving the wellbeing of Canadians.

Each February, we participate in Black History Month events as an opportunity to recognize the achievements and contributions Black individuals make to our country and to our workforce and to reflect on our conversations around racial equity and inclusion. It is in this spirit that each week, throughout the month, we shine a spotlight on three individuals who are raising their voices and contributing to our progress toward greater equality — and to our growth as a national health solutions partner.

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“As I work towards my own leadership goals, I hope to be an inspiration for young women to show them what’s possible. I am fighting for the girls who never thought they could win or feel seen.”

Desirée Chernel

Disability Claims Consultant
Medavie Blue Cross

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“The content of anybody’s character is more important than their skin tone. We may never be able to realize the possibilities or discover the true beauty of the soul that dwells beneath the skin if we don’t remove the barriers of bias towards the skin colour.”

Toyin Adetoro

Delivery Lead, IT Command Centre
Medavie Blue Cross

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“BIPOC representation can create a better workplace and more inclusive products and services. Representation is important not just for us as employees but also the population we serve.”

Anie Udofia

Senior Digital Product Designer

Our month-long celebration at Medavie centers around the theme “Stronger Together ― Celebrating Black Culture” and includes a virtual roundtable discussions on equal access to health care.

Our special guest is Dr. Vanessa Prosper, a licensed psychologist, who has over 20 years of clinical experience working with racially and ethnically diverse patients.

In support of Black culture, a one-of-a-kind T-shirt, designed by Black Canadian artist, Kyera Mapp, is available to employees for purchase. We’ve also created a customized email signature for employees to use year-round and have added resources to our DEI centre to help employees learn more about the legacy and impact of Black individuals and their communities.

Our Mission is to Improve the Wellbeing of Canadians.

Medavie is a health company that oversees Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services. Together, we’re bringing Canadians better health and access to care.