Creating a Safe Creative Space
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (TMC) aims to provide a creatively fulfilling, safe and healthy environment that is inclusive of people who identify as various races, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations. We aim to ensure positive and respectful relationships that are demonstrated by welcome, friendship and support among our members for everyone involved in our organization.
Everyone has a responsibility to build safe and respectful creative spaces. These spaces include rehearsals, performances, workshops or social functions related to TMC.
We have zero tolerance for harassment, sexual harassment and violence and seek to address these behaviours as quickly as we can to stop further harm. We are open to various approaches to address conflict and will seek to use processes that are fair and timely to stop unwanted behaviour from escalating.
Harassment is defined as any offensive or intimidating behaviour that is unwelcome. It can take many forms including unwanted sexual attention, inappropriate jokes or texts, threats, and other unwelcome verbal, written, electronic, visual or physical communication or conduct. The behaviour can be direct or indirect, obvious or subtle, active or passive. The impact on the subject of harassment, not the intent of the harasser, defines harassment.
Artistic and Administrative Staff have the responsibility to present the Choir to the best of its ability. Managing performance (i.e. providing direction to an individual(s) in order to improve the performance), absenteeism, discipline and dismissal – as long as the action respects policies and legislation, and is reasonable and not abusive or discriminatory – should not be interpreted as harassment.
The 2018 TMC Policy on Harassment and Workplace Violence outlines the processes in place for those involved with TMC to resolve issues, and includes specific definitions and parameters. To ensure that TMC Board members, choristers and staff are equipped with the information they need, training will be provided by a specialist in workplace safety.
If one believes that he/she has experienced harassment of any type within TMC, there are several processes he/she can follow, from directly notifying the harasser that their behaviour is unwelcome, to making a verbal or written complaint. The TMC has designated four complaint recipients to whom an individual may address their complaint..
- Chair of the TMC Board of Directors (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Vice Chair of the TMC Board of Directors (TMVicechair@gmail.com)
- Executive Director of the TMC (email@example.com or 416-598-0422, ext 222)
- Through ClearView Connects, a third party reporting service which enables complainants to make an anonymous complaint to the TMC (online at clearviewconnects.com or call the TMC dedicated toll free number at 1-833-550-1786). (This reporting service will be accessble as of Oct 1, 2018.)
For more details, please see TMC Policy on Harassment and Workplace Violence.