In anticipation of our soon-to-be-released trans* upper-body health resource, "I Heart My Chest", starting November 30th QMUNITY presents a series of six free workshops focusing on a variety of aspects of trans* health, including emotional well-being; hormones; nutrition; surgeries; binding; and bras, pads and forms. Click here for details and to register!
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$504.72 That is how much it costs to operate QMUNITY for one day, to pay staff, to keep the lights and heat on and to keep the doors open so that we can provide vital service to our community. When you Give a Damn and Give a Day YOU are responsible for making QMUNITY happen on that day. PLEASE go to our donation page now and Give a Damn by donating $504.72 (either a one time payment or break it up into monthly installments). You can select a date on the calendar that is important to you (your birthday, your anniversary, your partner's birthday, your coming out day, etc.) and on that date QMUNITY will be brought to you by YOU!
QMUNITY Generations hosts a free queer and/or trans* themed movie night on the second Friday of each month! Join us for a great film, scintillating conversation, and free snacks! This is a drop in program no registration is required.
December's Film Is:
Claire of the Moon Female authors gather at a small northern coastal retreat to work on their writing skills. A first-time guest who lives for the moment finds herself struggling with her sexuality after discovering her roommate is a lesbian.
When: December 13th, 7pm
Where: 610 - 1033 Davie Street
QMUNITY recognizes Diane Holland for her initiative, organization, and passion as a Moving Images Project volunteer with Generations.
Listening to the stories of a group of friends who had been in service together – and now got together to play the occasional game of poker – Diane was inspired to capture the history of the old days in Vancouver and the people in it. She knew many aging seniors had great stories to tell and if not recorded, one day these stories could be lost. Diane started the Moving Images project with QMUNITY in the late 2000s, helping to secure a grant for equipment, training others on how to use the equipment and conduct interviews and, with the team of 20+ volunteers, recording over 39 hours of tape. Long after the grant has finished, Diane continues to work on this project and has spent over 200 hours in the last three months converting the taped interviews to digital.
Caylin recently took up the role of group facilitator for Trans* Gathering. In this new challenge she will put her exceptional people skills, compassion for others and drive to support her community to use.
Diane loves people and stories and was particularly interested in the different stories of LGBTQ service people who had felt accepted during their service. She believes a good interviewer needs to have a genuine interest in asking questions deeper than surface level and hopes this project helps folks understand the people before us that paved the way.
Diane has a warm presence and a way of listening that encourages people to open up. When not generously donating her time with QMUNITY, Diane runs Life Story Videos, works at YVR in pre-boarding, and can be found gardening. Diane is a diver, a travel-lover, and together with her partner of seven years, Diana, is looking forward to going on an upcoming Olivia Cruise in the Caribbean.
Thank you, Diane. Your genuine curiosity, love of people, and care in recording the stories of those who have come before us help us to understand each other and our history and see how far we have come.
It is with great sadness that we share that our volunteer Roy Newby passed away on November 5, 2013.
Many of us knew Roy from his time as a long-standing Resource Receptionist at QMUNITY: we knew him as a kind and gentle person, generous of spirit, who radiated a real sense of warmth and welcoming. We will always remember his smile and his strength, a strength with which he truly lived his life. In October, Roy was announced as our 2013 Volunteer of the Year, and we have included his award biography below.
We are deeply saddened by his passing, and offer our sincerest condolences to Roy's family and friends. We remember Roy for his warmth, generosity, and courageous spirit, and want to thank him on behalf of all the lives he touched here at QMUNITY.
2013 Volunteer of the Year - Roy Newby
One of our most trustworthy and experienced volunteers, Roy has been involved in nearly every facet of QMUNITY since he began volunteering in 1998, ranging from his former position as a board member to a coordinator of same-sex marriage ceremonies. His first roles at QMUNITY were with Resource Reception and Prideline, and he has been one of our most dedicated and reliable volunteers ever since.
Roy has always been especially committed to the service he provides in Resource Reception. For more than a decade, he has assisted vulnerable clients with crisis situations, offered peer support, and given outstanding referrals to hundreds of individuals who turn to QMUNITY for assistance. In addition to his work at QMUNITY, Roy gives back to the community-at-large as a facilitator at St. Paul’s Hospital, and helps coordinate the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and the Vancouver Sun Run.
In all he does, Roy carries out his work with his trademark kindness, integrity, and commitment.
Thank you, Roy, for your continued dedication. You are a role model for all of us here at QMUNITY.