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Welcoming the New Queer Ontario Steering Committee

November 8th, 2012 Comments off

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Hi Everyone,
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I would like to thank all that attended and participated in Queer Ontario’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, November 4, 2012.
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This is to announce our new Steering Committee roster as elected at the AGM (election results in parentheses, positions are staggered):
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Queer Ontario Steering Committee
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Chairperson:
Nick Mulé
Vice Chairperson:
Davina Hader (Newly Elected)
Secretary:
Martin Otarola
Treasurer:
Richard Hudler (Re-Elected)
Member At Large:
Alana Boltwood (Newly Elected)
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We have a very promising team of individuals to assist Queer Ontario in continuing our important work.  Congratulations to Richard Hudler on his re-election as Treasurer, who has our trust and confidence in overseeing the QO finances and advising us on budgetary matters; Davina Hader who was an important and effective liaison to QO on trans issues and carried out extensive cinematography work on the Queer Liberation Theory Project and was a Member At Large, now moves into the role of Vice Chairperson where she will carry on with these duties and more; and Alana Boltwood whose far reaching work on multiple issues as Chairperson of the Research and Education Committee and her ongoing assistance with the QO Think Tank positions her well as our newly elected Member At Large.
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A special thanks is extended to Casey Oraa who chose not to stand in the role of Vice Chairperson.  In this position Casey contributed immensely to QO doing extensive behind the scenes work at every level.  Of course he is best known for raising the profile of issues such as GSAs, queer youth and the education system, with his skilled handling of these difficult issues in the media and his ongoing coalition work with community activists and organizations.  Although he will be greatly missed on the QO Steering Committee, we look forward to continuing to work with him within QO in general.
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In order to align our governance with our fiscal year, Queer Ontario’s next AGM will be in May 2013 at which time the positions of Chairperson, Secretary and Members At Large (1 position within Toronto and 2 outside) will open up for elections.
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Thanks everyone and we look forward to another exciting year made even more so by the promise and talent of our newly elected Queer Ontario Steering Committee members.
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Cheers,
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Nick Mulé

Chairperson,
Queer Ontario
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Last Call for the Risk & Resilience Study of Bisexual Mental Health

November 7th, 2012 Comments off

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Hello Everyone
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Please find below the Re:searching for LGBTQ Health Team’s last call for responses to its Risk & Resilience Survey, which is set to close on November 19, 2012.
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We encourage all bisexual people to fill out the survey to ensure that the study results are as representative and accurate as they can possibly be.
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Also, don’t forget to pass it on!
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Martin Otarola
Queer Ontario Secretary
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Last Call for the Risk & Resilience Study of Bisexual Mental Health
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The data collection period for the Risk & Resilience Study of Bisexual Mental Health is closing on November 19, 2012.

  • If you have been invited to take the survey but haven’t done so yet…
  • If you have started the survey but haven’t completed it yet…
  • If you have tickets but haven’t passed them on yet…
…now is the time!
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This is our chance to get data about our community, and our health. Do the survey, pass it on.
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For more information check out the Risk & Resilience video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEJFKjDlOeo, and the Re:searching for LGBTQ Health Team’s website: www.lgbtqhealth.ca.
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Please share this notice with your friends, networks, organizations and communities.
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Sharing: The LGBTTQI Home Care Access Survey

October 26th, 2012 Comments off

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Greetings,
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Please find information below relating to a survey that will be conducted regarding home care access and LGBTTQI persons across Ontario. If interested, please read below and contact as directed. Thanks!
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In sol,
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Casey Oraa
Queer Ontario Vice-Chair
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The LGBTTQI Home Care Access Project is seeking 100 LGBTTQI people across Ontario to complete a web-based survey.
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A significant number of LGBTTQI people are receiving health care in their home provided by personal support workers, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, etc. However, we don’t know much about their experiences, such as, do they feel comfortable enough to disclose their sexual orientation and/or their gender identity to their home care service providers, and if so, has disclosure impacted the quality of services received?.

Andrea Daley and Judy MacDonnell at York University in Toronto have partnered with Rainbow Health Ontario and the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre to explore LGBTTQI people’s experiences of using home care services across Ontario. Our research team also includes academic partners from McMaster, McGill, and California State Universities. In addition, we are working with two community-based advisory committees.
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Through an anonymous web-based survey we have begun exploring the experiences of LGBTTQI people who are 18 years or older, live in Ontario, and have used or are using home care services, through formal and/or informal means of support.

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Interested participants can complete the survey online by typing in the following link:
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Participation is confidential and anonymous.
Participants are offered a $20 honorarium.
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We also offer paper copies of the survey, with pre-paid postage. To request paper copies of the survey, please contact us: lgbthome@yorku.ca or 647-236-1100
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We are happy to assist in the completion of the survey. Please contact us to set up a time that works for you: lgbthome@yorku.ca or 647-236-1100
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For more information, please go to: http://yorku.ca/lgbthome
Or you can contact Andrea Daley at adaley@yorku.ca or 416-736-2100 x22847
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