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The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) intersectionally promotes diversity in gender identity, gender expression, and romantic and/or sexual orientation in all its forms on a national level through services in the areas of education, health, and advocacy. Our resources and programming can be used to uplift gender and sexual minorities, as well as give the tools to wider populations in building allyship. Because of our hundreds of volunteers, we are able to reach over 250,000 people annually. We are also a proud leader…

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The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) intersectionally promotes diversity in gender identity, gender expression, and romantic and/or sexual orientation in all its forms on a national level through services in the areas of education, health, and advocacy. Our resources and programming can be used to uplift gender and sexual minorities, as well as give the tools to wider populations in building allyship. Because of our hundreds of volunteers, we are able to reach over 250,000 people annually. We are also a proud leader…

Name Title Contact
Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah Executive Director debbie@ccgsd-ccdgs.org
Cameron Aitken Office Manager community@ccgsd-ccdgs.org
Adriana Bravo Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Coordinator prevention@ccgsd-ccdgs.org
Anya Gowan Office Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator support@ccgsd-ccdgs.org
Eliot Newton Education Coordinator eliot@ccgsd-ccdgs.org
Celeste Lessard-Kragen Queer History Coordinator commemorate@ccgsd-ccdgs.org
Conferences Coordinator conferences@ccgsd-ccdgs.org
Andrea Prajerova Evaluations and Grant Coordinator teachers@ccgsd-ccdgs.org
Mel Thompson Intersex Coordinator intersex@ccgsd-ccdgs.org
Renato Baldin  Museum Project Manager museum@ccgsd-ccdgs.org
Janani Suthan Social Media Coordinator finance@ccgsd-ccdgs.org
Stephanie Sapienza Sports Inclusion Coordinator sports@ccgsd-ccdgs.org

Values

Our Values

The CCGSD is committed to the following values and concepts:

Anti-Oppression

  • Accessibility
  • Decolonization
  • Anti-Racism
  • Newcomer Support
  • Environmentalism
  • Social Justice
  • Diversity
  • Intersectionality
  • Feminism (including Transfeminine Empowerment)
  • Non-binary Gender Empowerment

Education

  • The Arts
  • Evidence-based Research
  • Cultural Safety
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Traditional Teachings
  • Ongoing Training
  • Peer-to-Peer Learning
  • Mentorship
  • Community-Led Resources
  • Oral Lore

Community

  • Local Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Empathy
  • Compassion
  • Honesty
  • Connection
  • Outreach
  • Transparency & Openness
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Accountability

 

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Governance

The CCGSD is forever evolving.  As part our values of Transparency and Openness, you will find links to our current governing document, and a number of new draft policies & procedures being developed by the CCGSD Board of directors that are currently being reviewed and tested by CCGSD Staff  to ensure completeness and validity to the ongoing support of our Goals and Programs. These working documents are published in the spirit of openness and inclusion.  Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Board (board@ccgsd-ccdgs.org) or the Executive Director (info@ccgsd-ccdgs.org) at any time.

Please note that the previously approved volunteer screening policy as been folded into the new Human Resources Policy and that we have made changes to the Duty of Care Policy based on feedback from staff and the community.

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As a leader in anti-discrimination work, CCGSD runs programming all over Canada and the United States. Because of our hundreds of volunteers, we are able to reach over 250,000 people annually. We are also a proud leader in the International Day of Pink (DayOfPink.org), engaging millions of people in wearing pink and to run programs that stand up to bullying. We encourage you to find out more about CCGSD & the International Day of Pink, and get involved in making your community a safer and more diverse place.

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The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity aspires to support and transform Canadian and indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast in a shared vision of a discrimination-free gender and sexually diverse world.

Day of workshops with ongoing support to week-long training forums with integrated year-long projects as part of its deliverables. The International Day of Pink is part of this programming, where we provide learning kits that make wearing pink a catalyst for change. Lastly, complementary programs facilitated by our Youth Advisory Committee, such as our grants, awards, and scholarships, continue to celebrate the ongoing work already being done in hundreds of communities daily.

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The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity was established to support and empower work happening on a collaborative and/or collective level between and within territories, provinces, and Indigenous of peoples such as Canadians, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. This support comes in the form of educational and arts-based initiatives, research, and resources for schools and communities, ranging from a full day of workshops with ongoing support to week-long training forums with integrated year-long projects as part of its deliverables. The International Day of Pink is part of this programming, where we provide learning kits that make wearing pink a catalyst for change. Lastly, complementary programs facilitated by our Youth Advisory Committee, such as our grants, awards, and scholarships, continue to celebrate the ongoing work already being done in hundreds of communities daily.

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The CCGSD is committed to the following values and concepts:

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