Rainbow Service Providers’ Network Updates!

Hello everyone!

After an exciting Rainbow Service Providers’ Network (RSPN) meeting at Kindspace on September 10th here in Ottawa, there were lots of exciting updates from other community organizations.

The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity’s encourages folks to sign up with the We Have Your Back Ontario Campaign regarding the sex education curriculum and the teacher snitch line is now open (https://wehaveyourbackontario.org/petition/). You can sign up as an agency on our website. We also have a new partnership with researchers at McGill and Western who will be presenting research at an upcoming conference about their findings on challenges LGBTQ post-secondary students experience versus their cisgender-heterosexual peers (http://ccgsd-ccdgs.org/creating-safer-spaces-for-lgbtqi2-university-students/). The CCGSD is helping with bookings for the Ottawa showing of The Ghomeshi Effect: an arts project which is on tour across Canada which talks about sexual violence and accountability (http://ccgsd-ccdgs.org/booktge/). Lastly, the National LGBTQ2S+ Service Providers Summit is happening January 11-13th, 2019 in Ottawa (www.ccgsd-ccdgs.org/summit). Registration and scholarship information is now online (deadline for scholarships is September 21).

The Youth Services Bureau continues to host Spectrum, a weekly LGBTQ youth group on Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00pm (this week is a game night, a paint night next week, and then rock and leaf painting thereafter) (http://www.ysb.ca/index.php?page=spectrum-lgbtq-community-youth-group&hl=eng). They are also hiring for their Queer Youth Advisory Committee. The youth (up to 25) would be developing trainings, doing workshops, etc. for service providers and youth in schools. Please email mkent@ysb.ca if you’re interested!

Family Services Ottawa will have their annual fundraiser called “Music on a Mission” starting this October which you can check out at musiconamission.ca.

MAX Ottawa has a 40+ group with the Ottawa Senior Pride Network which  runs once a month that you should check out. They also have their next “Behind the Scenes” monthly talk series happening this Thursday, September 13th on Cracking Cruising Codes. MAX is now offering 4-6 free one-hour sexual health counselling sessions with Derek or someone at the Ottawa hospital as part of the “GPS” study through the Ottawa Hospital and Ryerson. MAX is also going to be starting an 8-week closed peer-led anxiety support group this fall. Lastly, they will be recruiting soon for a peer-coaching program for which they are looking for up to five volunteers who will get free training and ongoing support. Check out http://maxottawa.ca.

The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa (https://sascottawa.com) has their AGM is happening Wednesday, September 19 from 6:00-7:00pm which is open to the public at 219 Argyle Street. The building is on the first floor and is physically accessible. RSVP at info@sascottawa.com. They are starting a closed group for mothers who have experienced sexual violence / whose children have experienced sexual violence on Thursdays from 11:00-2:00pm commencing in October. For those interested in volunteer work in direct services (24/7 crisis line, peer support, drop-in group facilitation), training will start at the end of October. Take Back the Night is happening Thursday, September 20th from 6:00-9:00pm is an annual march commemorating women who have dealt with sexual violence and giving them spaces to march and be in solidarity with others.

The Ten Oaks Project is heading to Oak Grove Family Camp on Friday and there are still spots and subsidies available! Please visit http://www.tenoaksproject.org/oak-grove-family-camp/register/ to find out more.

Planned Parenthood Ottawa is conducting a survey to help better assess how PPO is perceived by the diverse communities in Ottawa. All the information will be kept strictly confidential. The survey can be accessed at: https://goo.gl/W5KAjz.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has the Rainbow Youth Forum coming up on Thursday November 15. They are still looking for applications for student workshopshttps://goo.gl/forms/B7q1xpzHSAIcjiqu1.

Kind Space will be opening registration for a workshop series with Saw Video called Backstory at the end of this week. Youth 15-30 are invited to learn video production and editing. It will run the last three weekends in October (Saturday and Sunday, 10-5:00 each day). They are also doing a similar workshop series with Girls Rock – TBA. They are also partnering with some local hairdressers to offer free haircuts on Thursdays (more details to come) http://kindspace.ca/social/.

I hope that you enjoyed the many updates from these fabulous Rainbow Service Providers!


Garry Dart