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Celebrating Juneteenth: Employee Spotlight on Toi

At American House, we recognize the significance of Juneteenth as a momentous occasion in American history as it commemorates emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

This pivotal milestone in the ongoing journey toward justice and equality is a time to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of the past, while also embracing the opportunities for growth, unity and progress that lie ahead.

It is our privilege to have sat down with Toi Dickson, Memory Care Director at American House Oak Park to hear her story. Her voice, talent and experience enrich our workplace and inspire us to create a more inclusive and equitable culture for all.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My journey as a professional singer is my proudest accomplishment. I landed my first recording contract at age 15, was on American Idol in 2001 and I sang at the Apollo Theater.

What inspired you to get into this field?

My aunt, who has passed away now, had dementia and Alzheimer’s so I was able to experience that and help her out and I think this is what inspired my work in senior living.

What do you like most about working at American House?

I'm an old soul, so I’m drawn more to older people. I feel that they have so much wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to give, so they keep me going.

Do you see a connection between our Core Values (Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, and Excellence) and the celebration of Juneteenth?

I wouldn’t be here at American House if it wasn’t for Alex Germain- Robin respecting me enough to reach back for me to help build yet another beautiful community. When you mention the word Excellence, I think of Ann Coda who I’m truly grateful for in helping me become a better version of myself.

What does Juneteenth mean to you personally, and how has it influenced your perspective on diversity and inclusion in the workplace?

As far as it how it has influenced my perspective in the workplace. My entire life I’ve had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people. Individuals of many other races, ethnicities, and backgrounds have positively influenced me and have motivated me to become the woman I am today.

I have had positive influences from people of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. It takes a village, and I am a part of the village.

Can you share a significant experience or realization related to Juneteenth that has shaped your professional journey?

I worked for the Hand Club for Kids, an after-school program in Austin. Working for this organization, I found more diverse people who wanted to help make a difference in the African American Community. It wasn’t about race; it was based on helping our youth feel free and sharing the spiritual aspect of connecting with Christ.

If you could pick a personal mentor, who would it be?

Although I have had many great mentors throughout my life, I would have to say that my mother has been my best mentor. She did a great job of being firm with me and protecting me from the world and she did an amazing job pouring her heart into me.

Written By

Lori Bender

Bringing over 20 years of writing experience to American House, Lori has worked in every aspect of advertising and produced award-winning websites. She earned a Journalism degree from Central Michigan University.

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