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!

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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

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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 Interim Education Coordinator and E-commerce Coordinator 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. Always studious, Sabrina holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science and is currently working on her second Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Ottawa.   She puts her passion for huma...
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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

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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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Vancouver Forum

Burnaby LGBTQ+ Youth Forum Burnaby LGBTQ+ Youth Forum – Burnaby, BC – November 24, 2017 The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity, in partnership with Burnaby School District 41, will provide an LGBTQ+ Youth Forum to local high school students in the Fall of 2017. We understand the importance of providing knowledge, tools and skills to youth to navigate through their secondary school experiences. Having access to workshops that provide education on inclusivity can help...
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Brandon Bourcier

Brandon Bourcier originates from Espanola Ontario, which boasts two Tim Hortons and three sets of traffic lights. Yearning for bigger and better things, he moved to Ottawa in 2010 to pursue a bachelors degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Always trying to stay as involved with the community as possible, he played on multiple intramural sports teams throughout his university career on top of working with the Special Olympics Ottawa Charter, and being elected as the Philanthropic ...
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Eliot K. Waddingham

Eliot K. Waddingham is the Team Education Coordinator for the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Eliot was born in Kingston, Ontario but thinks all the best parts of their personality were cultivated during their summers in the East Coast, especially Moncton, NB and on Grand Manan Island. They like to think of themselves as a “Half-timer” (as opposed to the classic ‘Maritimer’). Eliot holds an Honour’s Bachelor of Arts with a Specialization in History from the University of Otta...
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Day of Pink 2017 Gala Award Winners

 Lori Jean Hodge This award is dedicated to Lori Jean Hodge: Sept 4th 1961 - July 2016. Singer, sister, actor, activist, friend. Lori Jean dedicated her life to helping others and died as she lived, with compassion, love, spirit and kindness. Lori Jean Hodge arrived in the National Capital region from Winnipeg in the early 90’s and quickly became a vibrant part of Ottawa’s music scene. An accomplished singer and songwriter in her own right, she honed her vocal chops in the R&B band, ‘...
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