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2023 Work Wellness In Action Awards

Being a Leader for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) means more than being a supporter for a cause. A DEIB Leadership Award recipient for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging is someone who expertly uses their knowledge, skills, and experience to implement actions that build an environment of belonging for others.

DEIB Leaders can discern the biases and prejudices that are pervasive in workplaces. They acknowledge and interrupt their own biases and create intentional space for individual perspective and experience.

DEIB Leaders incorporate DEIB values and behaviours in everything they do. They challenge non-inclusive systems, practices and mindsets, and they find solutions that have a positive impact on people and culture.


  • Launch Date: November 1st, 2023
  • Submission Deadline: November 30th, 2023
  • Winner Announcement: January 8, 2024




Who may be nominated?

Work Wellness Institute is granting two awards in 2023.

1. In Action Award

This award is for an entire workplace that demonstrated implementing true action to improve DEIB in the workplace.

2. DEIB Leadership Award

This award is for an individual who took action to improve DEIB in their workplace

What is DEIB Criteria?

Encompasses people of different ages, races, ethnicities, abilities, disabilities, genders, religions, cultures, sexual orientations, and more. It also covers people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills and expertise.

DEIB Leadership Entry Questions (500 word limit):

  1. What actions did/does the nominee take to promote DEIB in the Workplace?
  2. What are the top three skills, attributes or behaviours that make the nominee a worthy winner for this award?

Workplace In Action Questions (500 word limit):

  1. What projects and/or initiatives has the nominee sponsored or implemented that show true actionable to improve DEIB in the workplace?
  2. Why was this important to the organization? OR Why did this make a difference?

Selection Process:

Nominations are reviewed by a committee of staff who each review all nominations and use a point system to evaluate nominations.
Nominees must demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing their company’s awareness, knowledge and skills related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
Nominees must illustrate that a measurable action has been taken or implemented towards improving DEIB in the workplace. Work Wellness Institute will recognize exceptional contributions through actions that advance diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in their workplace and will award points in the following categories.

  1. Implement steps toward fostering diversity in the workplace with programs that maximize the potential of all people;
  2. Create open dialogue and partnerships across organizational structure to resolve diversity workplace issues;
  3. Promote diversity workplace education and communication ideas;
  4. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging improvement through educational initiatives;
  5. Participate in, create, and publicize programs or events that promote DEIB;
  6. Display commitment to valuing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging above and beyond assigned job responsibilities;
  7. Engages in efforts to enact change within their company which supports diversity, equity and inclusion for their individual staff members, groups or teams.


  1. Any member of the workforce is eligible to participate
  2. Winners must reside in Canada
  3. Nominations submission past the submission deadline will not be considered for this year
  4. Any size workplace with more than 10 employees can enter a submission for the ‘Work Wellness in Action’ Award, if a workplace has less than 10 employees, members of the workplace are welcome to enter the DEIB Leadership (Individual) Award.

By participating, you are not just competing for recognition; you are becoming a part of a movement dedicated to driving positive change. Showcasing your efforts will inspire others, contribute to meaningful dialogue, and promote a more inclusive and equitable work culture.


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