Child and Youth Worker students and faculty have formed Everyone for Equality@Georgian Orillia – an on-campus association for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersexual, queer, questioning, 2-spirited (LGBTTIQQ2S) community members, allies and anyone not identified by the acronym.
“As an 18-year-old female to male transgender, I immediately started to look for a support group within my new area,” says first-year Child and Youth Worker student Chase Koo. “While there were some, there was no group at the Georgian College campus in Orillia.”
Chase created the association with fellow students Amanda Renaud, Brian Clark and faculty advisor Kathleen Cameron. “I didn’t know how much work it was going to be, or how successful it would become, but I was willing to give it all that I had,” Chase says.
Together, the organizers facilitate weekly support meetings on campus for staff, students and members of the community. Group members help educate one another about different topics and concerns in a safe and welcoming environment.
The association is branched into four subcommittees: Fundraising, marketing, community outreach and education, and social action. The members have also developed an election process and a job description for all major leadership positions.
Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room B107. In December, the group plans to bring in a guest speaker as well as organize a popcorn and movie night for all members. Plans for the new year include a craft and bake sale and a vendor promotion day. Georgian alumnus Dale Boyle will also speak to members in January about the Ally campaign he developed while a student at Georgian.
For more information or to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join a closed Facebook group. The association is committed to confidentiality.
Did you know? The college is also home to Pride at Georgian.