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!
OCASI is pleased to announce the release of the Report from East Regional Roundtable Discussion on Serving LGBTQ+ Newcomers.
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:
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.
FrancoQueer et OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, ont collaboré pour effectuer une évaluation des besoins en matière d’établissement et d’intégration des immigrants et réfugiés francophones LGBTQIA en Ontario de mars à décembre 2014.
Come join us at Identity, Migration and Policies: Journeys of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ+) Newcomers.
The Positive Spaces Initiative and everyone here at OCASI wishes everyone a happy holiday season! We hope that 2013 will be an amazing, wonderful, successful and fabulous year to each and everyone of you! We will be uploading a "PSI 2012 Report" in a few days! Watch out for it. :)