RFP for new space

Summary The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (hereafter: The Centre) proposes the creation of a new museum, cultural centre and business space, to be located in the Ottawa’s downtown. Tentatively we have secured a location (15,000 square feet) at Lebreton Flats. This document is to engage the services of a consultant to generate a detailed feasibility study for this project. The object of this request for proposals is to provide the Centre with qualified candidates capable o...
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Trans Day of Remembrance

Hey beautiful people, I have the privilege as one of the heads of Team Education to remember every day the incredible and beautiful resilience of the trans people all around me. Every day, I meet youth in the Ottawa region who are discovering who they are, and it's always a gift to see these young people in bloom. But it's a double-edged sword, because for every one I get to see for just a moment, I know there are others who are struggling. Who are finding it difficult to put down roots...
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Team Education – School Visits

Hey folks! On Tuesday, team education coordinator Eliot, and our practicum student Denisha spent the day doing presentations for grades 3-6 at Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School. Both Eliot and Denisha shared their stories, and taught the kids about gender and sexuality. They allowed kids a chance to both participate in the presentation, and to learn. These presentations went over exceptionally well, and many questions were received from both students and teachers alike. It was a great experien...
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Team Education: Queering the Curriculum

Sabrina here! People are surprised to find out that I have a degree in biomedical science and it’s pretty common for me to get asked why I don’t work in my field of study.  My answer is always the same: “It’s hard being a queer woman in STEM and it’s always bothered me that science is so dominated by heterosexual, cisgender males”.  How do we get more LGBTQ+ folks interested in the field and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM?  Once they’re there, how do we ensure that the environment is w...
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Shannon Fournier

Shannon Fournier (she/her) grew up in Burlington, Ontario, before moving to Montreal and finally settling in Ottawa. Shannon holds an honours bachelor of social science with a double major in Criminology and Psychology and a graduate certificate in Victimology. Shannon is part of the World Society of Victimology and has participated in international victimology conferences in Croatia and India, where she has presented on sexual assault victimization in Canada.   Her first year of Uni...
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Congratulations to David De Paiva, 2017 Jeremy Dias Scholarship Winner!

We received so many fantastic applications from students addressing discrimination in their schools or communities and we had a difficult time making a decision. It's is always nice to hear about the amazing initiatives that youth are taking on in their schools to bring attention to concerns of the LGBTQ+ community, ensuring diversity and creating a safe and inclusive environment for others in their communities. The team at the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity would like to con...
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Allyship in Action

Hi everyone! Amanda here with my first blog post since taking on the role of National Forums Coordinaor. We hope everyone has had an amazing summer!. It's been a fabulous summer of Pride cruises, parades and celebrations but my favourite of all would have to be the Allyship in Action Forums held in Vancouver and Ottawa. We brought youth together from across the country to engage in intersectional and activist workshops that would help foster their capacity to practice solidarity with diverse com...
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Sabrina Kayed

Sabrina Kayed (she/her/elle) is the E-commerce Coordinator and one half of Team Education for the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity/ Centre canadien de la diversité des genres et de la sexualité.  She was born in Hamilton, but has spent most of her life in Ottawa. Sabrina holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science and forever enamored with the scientific method.   She puts her passion for human sexuality and reproductive justice to work as a Sex Educator and Options ...
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Natasha Longpré Nadeau

Natasha Longpré Nadeau (she/her/ elle) is the Office Manager/ Directrice de bureau for the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity/ Centre canadien de la diversite des genres et de la sexualite. She is from Timmins ( in the Great White North, hometown of the one-and only Shania Twain), but grew up and currently resides in Ottawa. She is of Metis descent, and proudly supports the Indigenous community.   Bullying, discrimination, and hate crimes are present in high schools, an...
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Volunteering

Volunteering with Team Education Hey folks! If you’ve found this page, hopefully that means you’re thinking about volunteering with the Centre! And that’s great! Like many charities, the CCGSD relies on the human power of volunteers to make so many of our events and programs successful. We really can’t do this without you, and we’re so excited you want to come hang out with us and help make the world a better place. So you’re probably thinking. What can I do? And you might be surprised ...
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