Core Values

Service Leadership

Successful servant leadership begins with our team’s desire and commitment to serve students, teachers, school districts, and the community partners who want to support youth and learning. We are collaborators, critical thinkers and problem solvers, creators, innovators, and community builders.

Passion

Passion is at the heart of everything we do. Passion generates excitement for why and how we do our important work at dHL. Passion nurtures ideas, inspires excellence, and helps us find creative ways to practice resilience and perseverance by overcoming obstacles for continuous growth and improvement.

Equity and Diversity

Equity 

We believe that all teachers and students should have access to the world of learning that exists beyond the walls of our classrooms. That’s why dHL provides all Canadian teachers with FREE and equitable access to our entire Video Conference with Experts library so students can connect with hundreds of working professionals anytime, anywhere, at no cost. We live our mission every day by bringing people together to make a difference for kids.

Diversity

We recognize the power of diversity and the role it plays in sparking ingenuity and creativity. As we continue to face new challenges in education and innovate new solutions, we know that diverse and inclusive dHL teams, community members, and community partners bring greater perspectives and experiences to help us address current needs in education and better meet the needs of all learners.

Innovation 

dHL is dedicated to learning, promoting and supporting continual advancements in education and library services, and staying current with new trends in education and educational technologies. Innovation allows us to learn, and from that learning, we iterate, adapt and generate more ideas. More importantly, innovation motivates action: to take risks, encourage curiosity and new ideas, learn from mistakes, and constantly strive to exceed expectations. Through innovation, we continue to raise the bar — both within our organization and throughout our industry.

Curiousity 

Ask why? Explore. Engage. Create.

We are a team of immensely curious people—always asking questions and searching for answers. Questions spark curiosity. Curiosity creates ideas. Ideas lead to innovation. We don’t ever rest in the belief that we have it all figured out. We are always thinking ahead to what is next. Curiousity is what motivates us to explore and discover—to be open to new experiences, perspectives, and ideas from around the world. Curiousity is our team’s natural desire to learn.

Lifelong Learning 

Lifelong learning is a mindset and a way of life at dHL. We know that when our staff, our members, and the students we serve build relationships with community partners for the purpose of learning, they experience how powerful, positive, and productive learning can be. It’s these kinds of experiences that inspire a passion for lifelong learning. We are here to support educators and their students as lifelong learners as we all continue to develop the knowledge, skills, and characteristics that will lead us to become even more personally successful, economically productive, and actively engaged citizens.

Creativity

Creativity is at the heart of wanting and expecting the better idea – of being a dreamer…

Our creativity helps us solve problems, generate new ideas, and develop empathy. Our creativity is unashamed and is brave; it has the courage to speak new ideas out loud.

At dHL we believe that the best ideas have not yet been thought of, that excellence is a journey on a never-ending road, and that uniqueness and originality are qualities we value in our people.

Integrity 

Integrity creates trust. And as an organization, collectively, it’s our most valuable asset. Individually, it’s the constant choice to infuse every action with honesty, fairness, and respect for our members and colleagues alike.

Kindness 

Kindness is vitally important for our well-being and for the well-being of our community members. We practice kindness everyday by leading with empathy, treating each other with respect, being generous and considerate, and by celebrating all of the incredible people who are a part of the dHL community.

Adaptability 

Adaptability expands our capacity to handle change, no matter how big or scary it might be. Instead of wasting our energy trying to change our circumstances, we change ourselves from within—how we think, feel, and behave—which helps our team thrive in whatever situation we find ourselves.

Gratitude 

Gratitude is associated with our happiness. Gratitude helps us feel more positive emotions, enjoy good experiences, improve health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. We create opportunities for our team and our community to appreciate what’s good in our lives and to be thankful for the things we have. Gratitude keeps us grounded and ever moving forward. We are so grateful for each other and for the incredible community at dHL.

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