The Edmonton Pride Seniors Group strives to ensure that all seniors’ services and activity centres and all housing forms – assisted and independent senior housing complexes long term care facilities, lodges and palliative care centres – are a welcoming, safe, and caring environment for LGBTQ2S+ older adults aged 55+ in Edmonton and area. Through advocacy and education of staff and residents, the Group assists existing services and facilities to develop appropriate non-discriminatory policies and practices.
As needs and opportunities arise, the Group researches the issues and concerns affecting LGBTQ2S+ seniors; provides sensitivity training and education about older LGBTQ2S+ adults for staff in activity centres and seniors’ housing; educates the LGBTQ2S+ community about seniors’ programs and services; develops new programs; and will do further work to reach and listen to older LGBTQ2S+ marginalized persons such as two-spirit, trans, immigrants, and others.
The Group is committed to moving forward with initiatives designed to improve the quality of life of older LGBTQ2S+ residents, and members are available for consultation, discussion, and cooperation with like-minded groups and individuals in government and the not-for profit and private sectors.
The Edmonton Pride Seniors Group is a self-organizing group for LGBTQ2S+ seniors in the Edmonton area. It is an ad hoc volunteer committee initiated by former City of Edmonton Councillors Michael Phair and Sherry McKibben to address the housing and service issues affecting the growing population of LGBTQ2S+ (sexual and gender minority) seniors in Edmonton. Since its inception in July 2013, the Group has worked in cooperation with Sage Seniors Association [Edmonton], which provides regular meeting space and manages grant funding. Members are from the LGBTQ2S+ community and allies, and include older as well as younger individuals who come from a variety of professional backgrounds, including social work, education, medicine, health care management, and local government. The Group is voluntary, and activities are undertaken with no compensation; project grants are sought in order to engage outside expertise and resources.