Growing Families Symposium – Support Request

Family Service Thames Valley, in partnership with a number of local agencies, is hosting an upcoming symposium:

On Saturday, March 4, 2017, in partnership with Sexual Assault Centre London, London InterCommunity Health Centre, and Middlesex-London Health Unit, Family Service Thames Valley is hosting a Growing Families Symposium on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, 2-spirit, and queer (LGBT2Q+) families. The event will include speaker panels, roundtable discussions, networking opportunities, and a community lunch for both the LGBT2Q+ community and local service providers.

Our goal for this event is to develop a supportive network of LGBT2Q+ families and communities; create connections with local service providers; and learn and build knowledge capacities together in addressing issues affecting our families. This symposium is a chance to give back to the community and give LGBT2Q+ families the opportunity to network, learn, and to grow. Supporting this initiative helps us show the community that we value LGBT2Q+ families.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring or supporting the forum, please consult this document.

WCH Women’s Xchange 15K Challenge

Women’s Xchange is offering $15,000 or more in one-time one year (non-renewable) grants to support research projects that address women’s health issues at the local level:

The $15K Challenge will award $15,000 to individuals in organizations working to advance the health of women and girls. Funding is available for one year, and organizations must be based in Ontario. From help on framing a research question to aid in communicating the results of your project to others, Women’s Xchange wants to support you. Women’s Xchange can help transform your ideas into research that will make an impact in the communities you serve. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit our website or e-mail

A Notice of Intent is needed to apply for funding, and must be submitted by January 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Application packages for the $15K Challenge are due February 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

London for All: First 12 Months Recommendations

At the November 15, 2016 meeting of London’s Community and Protective Services Committee, the following staff report was received: London for All: First 12 Month Recommendations:

The purpose of this report is to: Highlight the progress being made towards the year one recommendations outlined in London for All thus far; and, Provide an update on the next steps to develop an implementation body that will coordinate the implementation of the recommendations in London for All: A Roadmap to End Poverty.

The full report is available here.

Community Debates Political Correctness

Has political correctness gone too far? That was the question for debate before a packed house at the Wolf Performance Hall on Monday, October 17, 2016. The concept and language of ‘political correctness’ have interesting ramifications, especially when examined from a lens of social inclusion. This event served as a unique opportunity to ‘take the pulse’ of the community on the issue. Watch the video of the debate and read a follow-up reflection by CRHESI co-coordinator James Shelley, which further explores ‘political correctness’ as a subject of public discourse.