Friendly Callers – 2SLGBTQ+ Seniors Advisory Committee Expression of Interest

The Friendly Callers – 2SLGBTQ+ (Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and other identities within the community) Older Adults and Seniors Advisory Committee consists of individuals ages 55+ who live within the Thames Valley Region. The purpose of the committee is to provide strategic planning, advice, and expertise in the implementation of a Supportive Friendly Callers program for 2SLGBTQ+ Older Adults and Seniors at the Canadian Mental Health Association Thames Valley in late February 2023.

The Friendly Callers 2SLGBTQ+ Older Adults and Senior’s program is a service that will provide confidential listening and support to individuals who are 55 years or older who are part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and who reside within the Thames Valley region. The purpose of the program is to increase participants’ sense of belonging, connection, mentorship, and well-being. The program will be staffed by trained volunteers who are also part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Members of the committee are expected to provide support and input:

  • To ensure that the voices and perspectives of 2SLGBTQ+ Older Adults and Seniors are reflected and integrated in the development of the program
  • To bridge any knowledge gaps and support the development and implementation of training
  • To engage in outreach to 2SLGBTQ+ communities to disseminate information and feedback

Individuals interested in participating in the advisory committee ideally possess:

  • Living experience/a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community who are 55 years or older
  • A strong interest in equity, inclusion, diversity, and program development
  • A strong understanding of intersectionality and the diverse range of needs and concerns facing 2SLGBTQ+ seniors within the Thames Valley region
  • Availability to participate in meetings during and/or outside of business hours

For those who are interested in joining the committee please complete the following online application. If you need assistance with applying, please email communications@cmhatv.ca.

Deadline: Monday, January 30th at 5pm. Please note that there are limited spaces on the advisory and as such we will remove the posting when the spots have been filled.

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