The central mission of Kawartha Participation Projects (KPP) is outlined in the Mission Statement,
which is expanded into the Values Statements. The manner in which the operations are conducted are laid out in KPP’s approved policies. The policies provide the framework around which the agency provides a firm structure upon which its employees can find themselves in a supportive and respectful work environment. This enables and empowers the employees, Board of Directors and volunteers of KPP to support those who use the services with humility, integrity, honesty and respect.
The Code of Ethics and Conduct lays out the minimum standards expected of all those connected with KPP whether they be paid employees or volunteers.
Many standards of conduct, which all those involved with KPP are expected to meet, are part of custom and need not be stated explicitly. Four main principles around which this code is developed are:
Humility: absence of a sense of being superior to those we support or others; having a sense that values individual equality and dignity; not being intimidating to others.
Integrity: conducting ourselves in the community/workplace in a respectful and responsible manner.
Honesty: speaking from the heart, relating our experience, sharing what we have lived through and learned; always speaking the truth.
Respect: understanding the journey of life as being sacred; showing value for our own being and that of others in mind, body and spirit.
All employees of KPP will, within the context and spirit of the previously described principles;
- carry out the duties of their position honestly, conscientiously, professionally, loyally and within a mutually supportive environment.
- be prompt, courteous and temperate in the performance of their duties.
- use their initiative to find ways of doing their work cost-effectively and efficiently.
- follow instructions attentively and cooperate with their immediate Supervisor.
- administer, follow and where necessary interpret and explain the policies of the agency.
- recommend within their sphere of responsibility & through prescribed lines of communication, changes to policy and/or practice which they believe are appropriate and enhance the purposes of the agency.
- conduct themselves on duty and in public in a manner which enhances the dignity and image of the agency and those it supports.
- not engage in public criticism of policies of the agency.
- use information obtained within the agency with appropriate confidentiality, respect and not for their own interests or those of other persons.
- be at work every day as scheduled unless there is a valid reason for absence.
- not provide information concerning the agency unless this has been authorized.
- use equipment, property and supplies which are owned or rented by the agency for authorized purposes only.
- ensure that direct service responsibilities are not performed while impaired by any illness or dysfunction which the employee knows, or reasonably should know, impairs their ability to perform position responsibilities.
- not knowingly violate or cause to be violated any legislated act, regulation or bylaw which governs the agency’s practices.
- ensure all actions and communications are directed towards the very best interests of those to whom the agency provides support and services.
Reviewed: February 2016
Approved: March 2016