BFO-MR receives Community Services Recovery Fund grant

We are honoured to share that Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region is a successful recipient of support through the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund.

BFO-MR recently underwent a diversity, equity and inclusion audit that examined all of our programming, facilitator training, communications, policies and procedures and more.

All areas listed were reviewed through the lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity. The approach utilized the principles of Cultural Humility, Trauma-Informed Care, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Antiracism/oppression, Harm Reduction, and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), to garner an awareness of cultural and systemic biases, conscious or unconscious, that could serve as barriers to accessing our services.

The purpose of the audit was to bring an awareness to the capacity with which BFO-MR is welcoming, accessible, safe, comfortable, and accommodating in our provision of services to the diversity of communities and service recipients within our catchment.

The resulting recommendations are in-depth and significant and have the potential to completely reshape how our organization operates.

The Community Services Recovery Fund grant is being allocated towards the implementation of the recommendations provided through this audit, as well as those received from a community needs assessment (currently underway).

Our staff team has been working to develop an implementation plan and identify priorities. This evolution will not happen overnight – many of the recommendations could take months or even years to implement – and we are being careful and intentional about the capacity of our small team.

We are grateful for the support of the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund to make this incredible change possible.

About the Community Services Recovery Fund
The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support community service organizations, including charities, non-profits and Indigenous governing bodies, as they adapt and modernize their organizations.

About National Funders
The Community Services Recovery Fund is being delivered through three National Funders – Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada.