We’d like to take a moment and share something that is very important to all of us here at TTT.
In light of the recent global events unfolding, we feel we need to be part of the voices sending a positive message to remind everyone that it’s not all going backwards.
These current issues have sparked some of the deepest discussions we’ve ever had around our lunch table, and a shared sense of injustice for our unfairly marginalized brothers and sisters from these segregated countries (where some of our counterparts are from).
At Two Tall Totems, we have over 25 employees who come from 12 different countries around the world. Together, we speak a total of 19 different languages/dialects, and each and everyone of us has our own stories to tell. Everyone is free to be themselves here.
Countries we come from:
Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Iran, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan
Arabic, Armenian, Bisaya, Cantonese, English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Hokkien, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Urdu
Our different backgrounds give each of us a different perspective to offer.
It is one of our biggest strengths, and it makes us that much better at what we do. It is not something to be afraid of, nor is it a threat.
In the words of Canada’s 15th Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau:
“Uniformity is neither desirable nor possible in a country the size of Canada. We should not even be able to agree upon the kind of Canadian to choose as a model, let alone persuade most people to emulate it. There are few policies potentially more disastrous for Canada than to tell all Canadians that they must be alike. There is no such thing as a model or ideal Canadian. What could be more absurd than the concept of an “all-Canadian” boy or girl? A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate. A society which eulogizes the average citizen is one which breeds mediocrity. What the world should be seeking, and what in Canada we must continue to cherish, are not concepts of uniformity but human values: compassion, love, and understanding.”
Diversity is the heart and soul of Two Tall Totems. We don’t tolerate each other’s’ differences. We celebrate it. We embrace it. It’s who we are.
EDIT: Thank you for the awesome recognition from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). This means a lot to us!