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

OUT IN NIAGARA Regional Advisory Committee!

OUT IN NIAGARA is the Regional Advisory Committee was established by OUTniagara 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; and implement recommendations from the Community Strengths and Needs Assessment.

The Regional Advisory Committee will also consider the unique economic, social, and cultural experiences of 2SLGBTQQIA+ people and communities that are directly impacted by the decisions made through public policy and by service providers.

Using an anti-racism and anti-oppression approach, the mandate of the committee is to guide and make evidence-based recommendations about the Community Strengths and Needs Assessment being carried out for the Informed, Inclusive, Indivisible: Collectively Advancing 2SLGBTQ+ Equality i n Niagara+ project.

Goals / Purpose
The goals of the committee are 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; and
  • implement recommendations from the Community Strengths and Needs Assessment


All RAC members, including the co-chairs, have the responsibility to help achieve the RAC’s mandate and goals/purposes. Committee members are also responsible for:

  • Reviewing meeting materials in advance of the meetings and arriving prepared to provide a broad perspective on the issues under consideration
  • Working diligently to complete assigned activities
  • Participating on working groups, as appropriate
  • Agreeing to describe, process, and resolve issues in a professional and respectful manner
  • Providing input to help identify future projects or strategic priorities for future years’ work
  • Communicating activities of the committee to groups represented or those who may have an interest and offer information back to the committee

Working groups shall, at minimum, including the following:

  • BIPOC – Consisting only of individuals with lived experience as a Black, Indigenous, or person of colour
  • Disability and mental health – Consisting of individuals with lived experience with disability and/or mental health needs
  • Poverty – Consisting of individuals, as geographically dispersed as possible, from across Niagara who have lived experience with poverty
  • Multi-generational – Consisting of individuals from across our age demographics
  • Geographic representation – Consisting of one individual from each of Niagara’s 12 municipalities
  • Communications/media – Helping to develop communications materials/messages and reach out to media
  • The RAC may choose to form other working groups as necessary and appropriate.

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

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

Working with OUTniagara’s Project Coordinator and Project Assistant, the Consultant will work within an anti-oppression, anti-racism, equity, and inclusion lens to establish board governance policies, by-laws, and organizational structure for OUTniagara.

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, April 16, 2021 at 4:30pm ET 

Please forward Presentation of Offer to: Laura Ip, Project Coordinator
Subject Line: Presentation of Offer: Governance Consultant