News

Aging With Pride 2.0, by Scott Williams

In 2015, we partnered with SPECTRUM to provide a one day training conference entitled Aging with Pride. This conference was designed as a training opportunity for service providers working with older adults who identify as LGBTQ+. The conference involved a screening of Gen Silent, an award-winning documentary about aging queer seniors and the service providers who struggle to support them. Attendees learned about LGBTQ history and why rainbow seniors are afraid to come out within senior-serving organizations. They heard from a panel of queer elders who shared personal stories of fear, discrimination and finding allies. Rainbow Health Ontario shared tips for making your service agency welcoming and inclusive for older adults and seniors, then Fudger House long term care facility shared its journey to becoming a LGBTQ+ positive space.

Now, we are pleased to be able to offer Aging with Pride 2.0!

This event is offered in partnership between KW Counselling Services, SPECTRUM and Hospice Waterloo Region. This is a one day conference intended for service providers working with older adults who identify as LGBTQ+.  Participants will come away with insight into the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ seniors, a checklist for making accessible spaces, and practical information from multiple training sessions on a range of related topics.

Register online at: https://aging_with_pride.eventbrite.ca

The fee for attendance is $15. There are a few non-fee spots available. If you would like to reserve a non-fee spot, or to register offline, please contact Mandi at mcowan@kwcounselling.com.

This event is capped at 50 participants, registration is first-come, first-served. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided!

Download the event flyer here.