Testimonials of Our Clients
The first barrier I faced in New Brunswick was the health system. I used to live in another province, where I got my Medicare in a few days. But here, just to submit my application I went three times to the office of Service New Brunswick and convinced the employers about my case. I find this health system in NB very bureaucratic.
The NBCC-SJ Human Service students had the privilege of attending PRUDE Saint John’s Workplace Bias Recognition Program. Damon Levine provided an engaging, informative, and profound learning experience that left the students with a deeper understanding of bias around them and some effective ways to establish a bias-free workplace in a fun interactive environment. I would highly recommend this program for anyone who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of how to prevent bias in our workplace as well as our communities. I look forward to offering future students this learning opportunity yearly.
Amy Pattman, NBCC Human Services Instructor
Session was just a wonderful introduction for all of us to learn about some of the amazing people who have chosen to come and live here in Saint John and what their stories are and to sort of start exploiting all of those unconscious biases we have and those strange thought processes that we’ve developed all through our lives and start challenging them and challenging each other to think in new ways. So we are very thankful that PRUDE is able to come and start us on this new path.
At first you think oh this silly little thing or I don’t understand why we’re doing this but by the time you get to the end of it, there’s an actual point to it. You go through an exercise thinking in a position that you might not have thought before.
There are a lot of stereotypes and situations that people get the wrong idea about it was kind of nice to have some of those things cleared up.
How people look at things, how they talk, like just the diversity of everything. It was just amazing. It’s very informative.
The iceberg where you only see 10% of a person’s what they want to show and then there’s much more than 90% underneath to get to know and you don’t find that out, like you said, until you dive into the situation and really get to know the person, their culture, and where they’re from. I definitely find it’s very important and very useful in the knowledge for yourself. Everybody to learn about different walks of life in our community. Where I work for a non-profit organization, we see multiple walks of life come through our doors every day and it’s important to understand their culture, their needs, and what they like to be met with and respectful when they come to the door.
So I actually thought we had more refugees. so when I found out there were more skilled immigrants compared to the only 10% refugees that kind of shocked me a little bit cause I thought we did have more refugees.
Carleton Community Centre
Gary’s presentation with my grade 7 class at Hampton Middle School brought attention to the matter of racism and how we sometimes assume one thing when in fact it’s just not true. The presentation was to-the-point and well delivered to my students. Every class should be sure to take this opportunity to have Gary in and open the doors of communication on how we deal with stereotypes and assumptions
Dan Foote, Teacher, Hampton Middle School