SPECTRUM is Waterloo Region's first-ever rainbow community space.
- To establish, maintain and operate a facility for the LGBTQ/Rainbow community that is inclusive to the general public.
- To educate the general public in issues and better understanding of the LGBTQ/Rainbow community with a specific focus on positive level of engagement and relationships in the community.
- To develop training and education programs for the LGBTQ/Rainbow community.
- To liaise with other charitable, non-profit community and government agencies and organizations in developing training and educational programs for people in the community.
Strategic Priorities (2021-2023)
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: SPECTRUM recognizes that the organization has work to do to ensure that its programs and services are accessible and relevant to all members of the community. This work will include audits of our existing programs and services, the development of new programs, development of evaluations and outcomes for programs and services, consultations and training in anti-racism, inclusion, and accessibility.
Leadership and People Development: SPECTRUM will work to improve and stabilize its internal governance systems and structure. We will engage in evaluation and review of our personnel, improve the orientation and training of our personnel, engage in active succession planning, and work to ensure that our personnel reflect the diversity of our community.
Financial Sustainability: SPECTRUM will work to build on the recent growth and stability achieved over the last few years. We will work to ensure long-term viability by developing a comprehensive financial sustainability plan exploring a variety of avenues and models.
Communications and Collaboration: SPECTRUM will work to better understand its brand internally, and better communicate its brand to the community at large. We will also work to better connect and collaborate with other organizations in our community, and various stakeholders including all levels of government and the people we serve.
An inclusive community where all LGBTQ2+ individuals are welcomed, celebrated, and supported as their authentic selves.
SPECTRUM is an organization that serves, affirms, and supports the well-being of LGBTQ2+ individuals in Waterloo Region and the broader community through peer support, community partnerships, education and training, resources, and events.
Learn more about SPECTRUM's Board of Directors and Committees:
Scott Williams (he/him):
Scott Williams holds a BA in English Language & Literature from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a diploma in Film Production from Vancouver Film School. He has completed certificates in Diversity & Inclusion Fundamentals and Anti-Racism with the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion. He is a graduate of the Engage!KW program from the KW Community Foundation. Most recently, Scott served as the Communications & Development Coordinator at KW Counselling Services where he was part of the OK2BME Team.
He volunteers as a member of the City of Kitchener Mayor's Task Force on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, the Children and Youth Planning Table Communications Advisory Committee, the Mental Wellness Network of Waterloo Region, and on the Breaking the Silence working group of the Rainbow Community Council. In his time at WLU, Scott served as Co-President of GLOBAL (Gay, Lesbian Or Bisexual At Laurier) and as a member of Laurier's Sexual Diversity Committee -- the antecedents of the Rainbow Centre. Scott was one of a small group that organized the first Pride Prom in Waterloo Region in 2003. He has previously volunteered with the Rainbow Reels Film Festival, and as a member of SPECTRUM's Board of Directors.
Shannon Henderson (she/her):
Program and Partnership Coordinator
Shannon recently graduated from Conestoga College’s Human Resources Management program, and before that from Knowledge Integration and Psychology at the University of Waterloo. Shannon has spent the past many summers at a charity summer camp in their management team as the Program Director, where staff were paid legally, but very minimal for the amount of hard work they put in. Shannon played a large role in motivating those staff and in them coming back year after year - which will be very valuable in this position. Notably, they had a significant portion of staff and campers that were part of the LGBTQ2+ community, and had “every body” cabins and bathrooms and an extremely inclusive culture! Shannon was also part of the team that worked on the TransNAV project this fall, and is thrilled to be continuing to work with SPECTRUM! In the community, Shannon volunteered with the Sofar Sounds Waterloo/Good Company Productions team for a while as their marketing team lead, where she loved interacting with community members and learning about local businesses. Shannon is eager to grow as an individual and a professional in this role.
Ash Kreider (they/them):
Marketing and Development Coordinator
Ash Kreider is a queer trans content marketing professional with expertise in content and copywriting, social media, and SEO. They are also a queer artist, game designer, and former feminist blogger. They have been involved in equity, diversity, and inclusion work since 2012 and are excited for this opportunity to combine their professional marketing experience with their personal passion for LGBTQ2S+ education and advocacy.
LGBTQ2+ Terminology 101
Terminology reference guide to assist understanding basic LGBTQ2+ terminology and the issues affecting them
SPECTRUM was founded in 2012 as Waterloo Region’s first Rainbow Community Space