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The Solidarity Alliance is holding a training with OCASI on Feb 9th!

The Solidarity Alliance is holding a training with OCASI on Feb 9th! The focus is reducing barriers for LGBTQ+ newcomers, and an introduction to the Positive Space Initiative. There's also time for Q&A and networking!

Feb 9th at KPL from 4:30-7:30 and registration is FREE! Please share

Call for volunteers: Positive Space Champions

The Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI), a project of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), is on a search to identify regional Champions! A Champion is a person who is actively engaged in their community, working for the inclusion and human rights of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer, questioning, asexual, intersex, pansexual, genderqueer, etc.) immigrants and refugees. This volunteer position recognizes the work that you are already doing in your community, gives you an opportunity to build your skills, contacts, and experience, and connects you with other people doing similar work around the province. Champions start conversations in their communities through outreach, referrals, building networks, and events.

What has the Positive Spaces Initiative been up to?

We have been traveling throughout the province to deliver workshops to service providers across sectors on how to create welcoming spaces in their agencies and organizations that is inclusive and free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Last year, we did lots of workshops in the Western, Central and Southern regions of Ontario. This year, we will continue to do training in these regions but we also want to go North and East! So if you are in the Northern and Eastern Ontario regions, please give us a shout so we can come and do the FREE positive spaces workshop.

October PSI Updates

What a busy month it has been! For October, PSI has been busy traveling, delivering workshops and engaging service providers and community members in dialogues on creating welcoming and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ + newcomer clients to be able to access culturally appropriate services with dignity and respect as well as staff to be able to work free from discrimination, harrassment and violence. We delivered a total of 8 workshop sessions - including a 2- day PD Conference in London, Ontario as well as 3 workshops for students of Social Service Worker Program at Seneca College. We were really excited to talk to these future service providers about the importance of positive spaces! Thank you for inviting us!

April and May Updates

April and May were really busy months for PSI! We delivered 8 positive spaces workshops to over 100 service providers, staff and volunteers in 10 organizations and agencies in Ontario:

Deadline extended to Jan. 29 - Call for Volunteers: Positive Space Champions

The Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI), a project of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), is on a search to identify regional Champions! A Champion is a person who is actively engaged in their community, working for the inclusion and human rights of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, queer, questioning, asexual, intersex, pansexual, genderqueer, etc.) immigrants and refugees. This volunteer position recognizes the work that you are already doing in your community, gives you an opportunity to build your skills, contacts, and experience, and connects you with other people doing similar work around the province.