Welcoming and Inclusive Communities
A welcoming and inclusive community promotes the full participation of all residents in the social, cultural and economic life of the region without discrimination.
Individuals in welcoming communities are:
helpful to newcomers,
open to new ideas and customs, and
recognize the contributions newcomers make.
Diversity means respect and understanding for differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, status, age, abilities or beliefs. This means more than simple tolerance: it means embracing and celebrating the whole community.