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Aging With Pride

About Aging With Pride

Aging with Pride (AWP) is committed to creating events, supports and providing education in response to the needs of older LGBTQ2+ adults in our community. We work with local senior-serving organizations to make them aware of the needs of older LGBTQ2+ adults, and we advocate and collaborate with stakeholders to ensure that new and existing supports or services are inclusive and responsive.

Looking for SPECTRUM Prime?

SPECTRUM Prime is a discussion and social group for older LGBTQ2+ adults. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings of the month, from 7 – 9 PM at SPECTRUM.

Purpose

LGBTQ2+ older adults have played an integral role in the progression of rights for queer communities over the previous several decades and, as such, have developed valuable skills and knowledge that can be harnessed to continue to educate and advocate for a better quality of life as they age. To this end, Aging with Pride aims to highlight and tackle systemic barriers that the LGBTQ2+ aging population face by:

• Increasing opportunities for social interaction, especially for those without partners or without many friends;
• Increasing access to personal advocates in legal and health matters;
• Increasing understanding and sensitivity on the part of staff in hospitals, care facilities and support services.

Vision

Waterloo-Wellington are communities in which LGBTQ2+ older adults live healthy, meaningful, and fulfilling lives, free of stigma.

Mission

Aging with Pride is committed to creating events, supports and providing education in response to the needs of our community. We work with local senior serving organizations to make them aware of the needs of LGBTQ2+ older adults. To that end, we advocate and collaborate with stakeholders to ensure that new and existing supports or services are inclusive and responsive.

What We Do

We prepare and deliver LGBTQ2+ Cultural Awareness Training sessions to staff and administrators at senior-serving institutions such as: community centres with a significant senior population, retirement homes, home-care services, long-term-care facilities and hospices.

Aging with Pride’s mission is put into practice by a steering committee. The committee generally meets on the on the second Wednesday of the month at SPECTRUM. The committee uses consensus as its decision-making process. Aging with Pride’s steering committee is made up of a caring group of older LGBTQ2+ individuals and their allies who work to carry out the mission of AWP.

In addition to steering committee members, AWP’s LGBTQ2+ cultural awareness trainers assist the committee in delivering workshops to the various organizations requesting education. Some steering committee members fulfill this role as well.

All new membership applications for those wishing to join AWP, either as steering committee members or cultural awareness trainers, must apply through SPECTRUM’s volunteer application process. Once consent is gained, current AWP steering committee members will review the application(s) of prospective members and give feedback to Spectrum accordingly. If the AWP members are in agreement of the prospective member’s admittance, they will be invited to the next meeting to see if they’re interested in staying.

If one or more current AWP committee member objects to the prospective member’s addition, a discussion on the matter will be added as an agenda item for the next meeting (without the prospective member present). After discussion, AWP will try to reach a consensus on the issue. A vote will be held in the event that a consensus is unable to be reached. In the event of a vote, a simple majority of the votes will determine if the prospective member is added to the committee or not.

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Aging With Pride Training Sessions

Get in touch with us if your agency / organization would like the Aging with Pride Committee to deliver an LGBTQ2+ Cultural-Awareness Training Session at your facility.

SPECTRUM offers a safe place where LGBTQ2+ individuals can be themselves and find community and supports.