For this week, we are featuring a settlement organization up north - the North Bay & District Multicultural Centre (NBDMC). In partnership with local LGBTQ initiatives, NBDMC showcases a commitment to creating awareness on LGBTQ issues and promoting positive spaces spaces in the North Bay and area. That's why we chose to feature them this week!
The objective of the roundtable is to provide the LGBTQ+ and settlement sectors an opportunity to discuss regional strengths and gaps in serving LGBTQ+ newcomers, and to develop strategies and opportunities for collaboration in order to effectively support LGBTQ+ newcomers.
We mentioned on our last blog entry that we are going to start featuring agencies and organizations that showcase a commitment to being an inclusive, welcoming, safe and positive space. For this week, we are featuring Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services!
This free and anonymous online questionnaire was designed in 2013-2014 to benchmark organizational standards for serving LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, etc.) newcomers. It can be used by organizations to:
Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women has been a Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI) partner since July 2011, after an invigorating and informative two-day PSI training presented by OCASI. When WWWWIW identified and recognized the need to address the gaps in knowledge and skills amongst staff and clients at the agency on LGBTQ newcomer issues, two of WWWWIW staff began looking for formal LGBTQ newcomer welcoming and inclusive communities’ workshops. They soon came across OCASI’s Positive Spaces Initiative training.
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.
It's been a while since we did a PSI update! Since March is the end of the "fiscal year", we created a PSI Annual Activity Report which we will upload to this site soon. It will document the many incredible achievements that PSI has accomplished this year. Here are the highlights of the report: