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Kingston Speaks Inclusion

We want to hear from you!

We are now in the process of collecting data and stories from the community in Phase 2 of the Kingston Speaks Inclusion project (details on the project are below).

We are inviting Kingston community members (18+) to complete the Kingston Speaks Inclusion 15-20 minute survey.  The survey seeks to collect feedback on how the Kingston Police can become more equitable and inclusive. Your feedback will contribute to a set of recommendations that will be made to the Kingston Police. Any information that you provide in the survey will be anonymized and your name and personal information will not be shared with the Kingston Police or anyone else. Your participation in this study will help to contribute to positive change in the Kingston community. 

  • If you’d like the survey in another language, please let us know! Email [email protected]
  • Si desea recibir este cuestionario en otro idioma, por favor déjenos saberlo! Mande un correo a [email protected]
  • Si vous désirez recevoir ce questionnaire dans une autre langue, SVP laissez-nous savoir! Envoyez un courriel à [email protected]

DISCLAIMER – You must be 18 years or older to complete this survey. 

We are also hosting focus groups and interviews where we can connect and collect feedback from community members in a face-to-face (or virtual) meeting. If you are interested in participating in a focus group or interview instead of completing a digital survey, please reach out to Sanket Sathiya at [email protected]

About Us

This project was born in early 2021, as Kingston Police’s newly-appointed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) officer started thinking about ways to ensure that local police could work to build and improve their relationships with the citizens they serve, and to strive for consistent application of EDI principles in their work. He contemplated a number of ways to consult with a wide range of community members to get their perspectives and ideas about how Kingston Police could do better, every day and in every way.

Rather than bringing in an external consulting firm, he connected with Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) to broach the idea of working together on this project and KCHC was eager to collaborate on this unique endeavor; as a result, Kingston Speaks Inclusion (KSI) was born. KCHC has a long and respected history in Kingston of supporting and responding to the needs of the community, and as a permanent fixture in Kingston, can provide perspective and a long-term connection and commitment to this work that a consulting firm cannot.  With over 10,000 patients and clients, KCHC has a direct link to a significant portion of Kingston’s population, many of whom are equity seeking.

The project is partially funded by the Kingston Police, but the partnership is arms-length: the Kingston Police will not be involved in the collection of data or the consultation process. From the start, the team felt it was crucial to provide safe and accessible spaces for people to share their honest and thorough thoughts, experiences, and stories about policing in Kingston. As such, the team working on the data collection and analysis are all staff members of KCHC, specifically hired for the Kingston Speaks Inclusion project. The Kingston Police will receive a final report with anonymized data as well as a concrete set of recommendations and calls to action shaped and guided by what we hear from participants.

Another crucial piece for the KSI team is that we will ensure that the final report is not the end of this process. We intend to continue to be involved by sitting on the soon-to-be formed Community Inclusion Council to make sure that the Kingston Police are held accountable for demonstrating some movement and changes based on the input we receive from the Kingston community.

Connect with us

We would love to hear from you at or about any phase of this project – whatever your perspective or experience with policing in Kingston. Please reach out to one of us if you would like to be involved in a focus group or community consultation, or if you have questions about the project. We want to connect with as many people and organizations as possible, so look forward to hearing from you. Our contact information is below.

The KCHC Kingston Speaks Inclusion Team

Roger Romero, KSI Project Lead

Roger Romero is a first generation Canadian who came to Canada as a refugee from war torn El Salvador in the early 1980s. Roger grew up in Kingston’s North End and faced newcomer challenges associated with poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences. His lived and work experience fuel his passion for community-building and positive social and health development. Roger has been active in the community with 10 plus years of service with the Kingston Community Health Centre. Roger currently serves as the Manager of Youth Services. Roger is an educator, mentor, and consultant. He has supported various organizations in different leadership roles.  You can reach Roger at [email protected]

Sanket Sathiya, KSI Community Facilitator

Sanket Sathiya is a physician (M.O.) in India, who came to Kingston in August 2019 as an international student. He has completed the Healthcare Administration program at St. Lawrence College and has worked as an administrator in EDI and Anti-Racism at KCHC. Sanket wants to advocate for immigrants, equity deserving groups and marginalized people in the community as he has lived experience of racism, ACEs, discrimination, and newcomer challenges. He is currently the acting coordinator for the Kingston Immigration Partnership at KCHC and is a Direct Support Professional at Community Living Kingston and District. You can reach Sanket at [email protected]

Giselle Valarezo, KSI Researcher

Giselle Valarezo (pronoun she/her) has a PhD in Human Geography with a focus on social justice and (im)migration.  She is the Queen’s Health Sciences EDI Program Manager and Adjunct Faculty in the Bachelor of Health Science Program.  Giselle has numerous years of experience conducting research in the area of EDIIA, policy analysis, and supporting social justice initiatives in Canada and countries across Latin America.  Her parents immigrated to Canada from Ecuador over 35 years ago and she self identifies as a Latinx, cis-gender woman.  You can reach Giselle at [email protected]

Kate Archibald-Cross, KSI Communications

Kate Archibald-Cross (she/her) works in Communications at KCHC, and has an extensive background in community activism, journalism and publishing, and has recently completed two courses in EDI with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. As a lifelong Kingstonian, she is thrilled to be part of the community collaboration and dialogue involved in this innovative project. You can reach Kate at [email protected]

Wendy Vuyk, Director of Community Health at KCHC

Throughout her career, Wendy’s passion for identifying measures to better serve equity-seeking populations, especially children and youth, has been demonstrated by her heartfelt commitment to co-designing effective, evidence-informed programs and initiatives.  EDIIA has been at the core of her work and her volunteer roles as she has remained a committed volunteer on various boards of directors.  The many community health programs that Wendy oversees serve various demographics including children, youth, seniors, newcomers, and parents. Equity and inclusion as well as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are strategic priorities for both Wendy and KCHC.  Wendy is a resourceful and innovative thinker who is truly solution-focused while remaining naturally curious about trends in social innovation and inclusive workplaces as they pertain to social determinants of health.  You can reach Wendy at [email protected]