Informed, Inclusive, Indivisible: Collectively Advancing 2SLGBTQ+ Equality in Niagara+

Staff members (for more information click here)

OUTniagara Board Project Team (

  • Celeste Turner
  • Karen Whynot
  • Kate Alexander

Regional Advisory Committee

  • Coming Soon!


  • Coming Soon!

To reach this overarching goal, this project has five interdependent objectives:

  1. Increase access to evidence and stories through an extensive Community Strengths and Needs Assessment of Niagara region’s 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities across all 12 municipalities, guided by an inclusive Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), to inform OUTniagara’s work and the work of organizations that serve Niagara’s 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities;
  2. Strengthen network collaboration and foster new partnerships through: 
    • A participatory Community Strengths and Needs Assessment process
    • Collective identification of 3-8 priority recommendations
    • Collaborative identification/design of initiatives to address priority recommendations in 2022-2025;
  3. Advance 2SLGBTQQIA+ equity through an intersectional approach by including community members and service providers, including, but not limited to urban Indigenous communities, trans youth and their families, racialized and newcomer communities, and Niagara’s francophone community, as well as community members and service providers from across sexual- and gender-diversities with our partners in: 
    • The Regional Advisory Committee
    • The Community Strengths and Needs Assessment
    • Capacity building
    • Action planning to address key recommendations;
  4. Offer workshops to build the capacity and skills of Niagara’s growing 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities and service providers to address key recommendations of the Community Strengths and Needs Assessment and improve the health, well-being, inclusion, and equality of Niagara’s 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities
  5. Build OUTniagara’s governance and operational capacity to effectively coordinate strong collaborations; to take forward key recommendations; and ensure organizational sustainability through: 
    • Strategic planning
    • Board training in governance, grant proposal writing, human resources management, and financial systems

Join the OUTniagara Regional Advisory Committee!

OUTniagara has recently been awarded funding by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) to deliver OUTniagara’s project: Informed, Inclusive, Indivisible: Collectively Advancing 2SLGBTQ+ Equality in Niagara+, and we are looking for members to serve on a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC).

In their work, the RAC will be working with the OUTniagara team to:

  • Increase access to evidence and stories of 2SLGBTQQIA+ people
  • Guide the process of a Community Strengths and Needs Assessment
  • Provide feedback on the findings of the Community Strengths and Needs Assessment
  • Implement recommendations from the Community Strengths and Needs Assessment

Membership for the RAC shall not exceed 20 members, including up to two members of the OUTniagara Board of Directors. Participants in this committee will be provided an honorarium (some conditions apply).

Membership for the Regional Advisory Committee composition shall endeavour to be:

  • A majority of BIPOC people with 2SLGBTQQIA+ lived experience;
  • Multigenerational, including members all ages from youth to seniors;
  • As accessible as possible to people with experiences of disability (visible and invisible), neurodiversity, addiction, mental illness, trauma, and other mental health considerations;
  • Representative of all 12 local area municipalities that make up the Niagara region; and
  • Individuals from diverse backgrounds to ensure that the composition of the committee reflects communities of interest within Niagara that may possess differing perspectives and experience in relation to 2SLGBTQQIA+ issues.

If you are interested in serving on the RAC, please email Laura at with the following information by February 28, 2021:

  • Your name & pronouns;
  • Which part of the region you live in/most often reside;
  • Your interest in participating on this committee;
  • How you or your experiences fit the criteria outlined in the membership composition focus (see previous slide);
  • How your experiences and/or position in the community would support the mandate of this committee

The work of this committee will take place primarily in English, however we have support in place to ensure French language speakers can also fully participate. If you have questions about accessibility needs to participate in this committee, please email


This project concludes in March 2022, and it is anticipated that the RAC will meet monthly.

Click here to see full details for the Consultant position (via Charity Village). 

This position will work with the OUTniagara team and Regional Advisory Committee to deliver a Community Strengths Assessment. 

Please note: We strongly encourage members of all equity seeking groups within the 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities to apply. We are specifically seeking Consultants from 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities who bring lived and/or employment experience in relation to working with 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities and especially youth.

Deadline for applications: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 4:30pm ET

Please forward Presentation of Offer to: Laura Ip, Project Coordinator
Subject Line: Presentation of Offer: Community Strengths and Needs Assessment