Atkinson Foundation


In 2014 the Decent Work Photography Project followed four people in their typical work lives to bring attention to decent work in Ontario.


"Everyone has a story about work, especially in today’s shifting economy. The Atkinson Foundation is interested in decent work. Work that is secure, healthy, productive, and fair. Work with opportunities for personal growth and community building. Work that gives workers a voice." 


The following is a selection of images of the four individuals who took park in the project and work in personal caregiving, medicine, and community.

Acsana Fernando comforts a client with developmental challenges.

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Acsana at school studying social work. 

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Acsana watches as a client of hers bikes by.

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Acsana takes a nap during her long commute.

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Rick Ciccarelli, of the Toronto Community Benefits Network, during a meeting in Mount Dennis.

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Rick looks out of the windows of a building that houses the Toronto Community Benefits Network.

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Along the Georgetown rail corridor Rick points to the former Kodak Building in the Mount Dennis neighbourhood of Toronto. Rick is accompanied by University of Toronto Planning Students.

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Rick carries a chair during a mayoral candidate debate at York Memorial Collegiate.

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Caregiver Doreen covers her face as she laughs during a short break outside of a client's apartment at The Dunsfield Home.

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Doreen tends to a client in his home as another caregiver looks on.

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Doreen walks to work.

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Doreen puts together a puzzle with a man (not her client) at The Dunsfield home. She often arrives to work early to meet with people in the building.

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Medical Doctor Danyaal Raza at his desk at the Parkdale Community Health Centre.  

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Danyaa Raza points to his friend during a commute out on their bikes.

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Danyaal tends to a patient at the Parkdale Community Health Centre. During the 2014 Toronto Mayoral Campaign Danyaal juggled his work as a doctor and as a volunteer with the Olivia Chow campaign. 

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Danyaal turns a corner in the hallway at the Parkdale Community Health Centre.

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