This past weekend was a long weekend for Ontario. We hope everyone had a wonderful and fun weekend!
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!
Since its inception in 2008 the North Bay & District Multicultural Centre's mandate is to provide immigrant support services to residents from Mattawa to West Nipissing and Hearst to Parry Sound. NBDMC offers; Settlement Services, Community Connections, Language classes, Volunteer opportunities, Interpretation, Translation, Referrals, Resources, and International Business services.
The Centre has spent the last year building towards a safe and positive space. HR polices were modified to reflect a supportive environment for LGBTTIQQ employees and clients. PSI signage was added throughout the centre as well as the website. Meg Ramore, the Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator, also sits as one of the advisory committee members of PSI. Through Meg, the Centre hosted two PSI training sessions for local service providers in September 2012. Service providers from the AIDS Committee of North Bay, Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre, Near North Youth Centre, Nipissing University Students Association and Pride on Campus (Nipissing University and Canadore College) attended the 2 day workshop.
The Centre is currently working with Pride on Campus (Nipissing University and Canadore College initiative) to create a positive space network in North Bay. The Centre will also be working with Nipissing University Residence Dons to train them in positive spaces.
The North Bay & District Multicultural Centre works to be a Northern Ontario leader in promoting positive space culture and continues to work with OCASI’s Positive Space Initiative to achieve this goal.
For more information on the North Bay & District Multicultural Centre please visit www.nbdmc.ca