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Next Tuesday, January 22! Creating Awareness and Building Capacity: Working with LGBTQ+ Newcomers

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in collaboration with 

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services 

Griffin Centre 

Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) 

Sherbourne Health Centre 

519 Church Street Community Centre is pleased to invite you to an innovative upcoming event 

#CdnImm Event 11 - Creating Awareness and Building Capacity:

Working with LGBTQ+ Newcomers

Tuesday, January 22, 2012 from 1:30-4:00 pm

AccessPoint on Danforth3079 Danforth Avenue, Toronto (Victoria Park/Danforth – off Victoria Park subway station)


With the growth in popularity of the "#CdnImm" hashtag on Twitter, a community has coalesced online to share and discuss timely and relevant topics and information about Canadian immigration. Informal events have been taking place regularly to help form this community of online collaborators, promote connections, encourage further sharing of information, and expand the community of collaborators.  The idea is to broaden important discussions happening in the sector as well as increase and strengthen bonds between collaborators to improve our understanding of the sector and improve services.  The events feature presentations from collaborators in the sector followed by discussion and further information-sharing from attendees.Topic: Creating Awareness and Building Capacity: Working with LGBTQ+ Newcomers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning newcomers are an integral though often invisible part of immigrant, refugee and LGBTQ+ communities. Experiencing marginalization within cultural communities and mainstream LGBTQ+ communities often leaves individuals feeling that there are few options for obtaining services.

Recognizing that good practices already exist in the sector, this event will bring together service providers from agencies and organizations from across the GTA with the aim of sharing resources and increase our capacity to more effectively serve LGBTQ+ newcomers.


•   To understand current and emerging trends in LGBTQ+ newcomer programs and services across the GTA and Ontario

•   To identify challenges and barriers experienced by agencies and organizations in providing and delivering LGBTQ newcomer programs and services

•   To understand the current laws and legislations that affect LGBTQ+ newcomers and its impact on agencies that have/want to deliver LGBTQ+ newcomer programs

•   To share best practices on how to better serve LGBTQ newcomer clients

•   To identify potential/upcoming funding opportunities for LGBTQ+ newcomer programming

•   To network and connect with other organizations and agencies that have programs and services for LGBTQ newcomers for effective referrals


Dr. Alan LiPhysician at Regent Park Community Health Centre, Researcher at Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Trainer/Consultant at Inspiract Consultants


Hurly Navarro-Meraveles, Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI) Project Coordinator, OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

The Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI) is a project developed by OCASI to share resources and increase organizational capacity across the sector to more effective serve LGBTQ newcomers. The strength of Positive Spaces is in creating an environment which strives to understand the overlapping and intersecting nature of our communities.

Venecia Zuniga, Volunteer Peer Leader, NewTQs ProjectAccess Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services improves health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees and their communities by facilitating access to services and addressing systemic inequities. The Center's model of care focuses on the five areas of primary care, illness prevention, health promotion, community capacity building and service integration. Settlement services are offered out of three locations in Toronto.

Tess Vo, Supervisor, Community Connections and reachOUT, Griffin CentreGriffin Centre is a non-profit charitable mental health agency providing flexible and accessible services to youth, adults and their families. Our mission is to promote positive change for vulnerable youth and adults with mental health challenges and/or developmental disabilities and their families. We are dedicated to delivering innovative services and developing creative partnerships that enhance lives and communities.

TBA519 Church Street Community Centre in partnership with the Government of Canada's Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and United Way; offers free of cost settlement services that meets the needs and priorities of LGBTQ refugee claimants, convention refugees, live-in caregivers and permanent residents. The settlement staff team provides information, referrals, education, recreation and support activities through one-one-one counseling sessions, weekly group meetings and monthly social networking events.

Craig Cromwell, LGBT Settlement Coordinator, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP)Black CAP is a community service organization that works to reduce HIV/AIDS in Toronto's Black, African and Caribbean communities and enhance the quality of life of Black people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. They support those infected and are affected by HIV/AIDS  and raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) within Toronto's African, Caribbean and Black communities.

Olimpia Boido, Coordinator of Newcomer Youth Program, Supporting Our Youth

Yegi DaduiTrans Program Coordinator, Sherbourne Health Centre

Sherbourne Health Centre's  Supporting Our Youth is a community development program designed to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender youth in Toronto through the active involvement of youth and adult communities. They work to create healthy arts, culture and recreational spaces for young people; to provide supportive housing and employment opportunities; and to increase youth access to adult mentoring and support. 

TBA, Newcomer Sexual Health Project, Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment


  • 1 - 1:30 pm:  Registration
  • 1:30 - 1:40 pm:  Introductions
  • 1:40- 1:50 pm:  Performance by Guest Artist
  • 1:50 - 2:30 pm:  Presentations/Open Discussions
  • 2:30 - 3:00 pm  Group Activity/Sharing best practices
  • 3 - 3:30 pm:  Q&A / Closing Remarks
  • 3:30 - 4:00 pm:  Networking

For more information or to register, please visit the event website:

This event is jointly funded by Community One Foundation/RBC Rainbow Grants as part of the NewTQs Project at Access Alliance, as well as funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as part of OCASI’s Positive Spaces Initiative.

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