LightWork is a workers co-op focused on fostering justice and belonging through safer, inclusive, and more diverse work environments. Working alongside organizations, we are able to help navigate the journey of change, in order to create an environment where similarities and differences are valued through a culture of care. Our team brings together a wide variety of skills, expertise, and experiences that contribute to our ability to hold space for people wherever they are in their journeys of learning and unlearning. Alongside this process of building a shared set of knowledge and language, we will support compassion for ourselves and one another to promote a more decolonial, equitable, and inclusive committee environment. LightWork offers equity audits, policy document analysis, workshop facilitation (online and in-person), and video courses.
2020 was a year of self-reflection both because of the pandemic and the resulting Black Lives Matter protests following George Floyds death. There was a collective realization of the need for better diversity and inclusion practices in organizations. The idea of LightWork began forming in September 2020 and by February 2021, Mohammed Zaqout, Steve Tornes, and Jellicah Blea Zamora came together to form LightWork, the first adult-led co-op from Solid State Industries. Solid State Industries provided and continues to provide LightWork with a space to meet, starting funds, website and social media support, and business development support. LightWork members have lived knowledge and experience on the subjects of anti-oppression, systems of power and oppression, anti-racism, microaggression, unconscious bias and intercultural fluency, through our personal lives and through our research and facilitation work. Our goal is to make the world a better place through an increased understanding of Justice, Equity, Decolonization, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDDI) principles
We work, study, and live in a region south of the Fraser River which overlaps with the unceded traditional and ancestral lands of the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt and Kwikwetlem peoples.