This is so exciting! We are currently in the process of making some changes to our website. This includes having a blog section where you can read articles related to our workshops and events as well as current community news and information.
OCASI defines Positive Spaces as welcoming environments where LGBTQ+ newcomers are able to access culturally inclusive services with dignity and respect, and where service providers can work free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The Council believes that in order to create welcoming environments, awareness and education is necessary - OCASI’s latest webinars on access, equity, and anti-oppression aim to do just that.
À l’occasion de la dissémination des résultats de l’étude Évaluation des besoins des nouveaux arrivants francophones LGBTQIA en Ontario,menée conjointement par FrancoQueer et OCASI, nous vous invitons à participer gratuitement au Forum provincial qui aura lieu :
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.
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: