May 1, 2017

Edmonton Pride Seniors Group Notes at SAGE – May 1, 2017

Attendees: Dave Gilbert, Sydney Goss, Tammy Horne, Larry Jewell, Thais McKee, Michael Phair, Stephen Quinn, Jan Schmitz, Alvin Schrader,  Robert Smith, Eric Story.

Regrets: Julian Daly,

  1. Welcome – Welcome to Stephen Quinn.
  1. Minutes (March 27 Meeting)- no changes. Michael is working on getting the group Email address through sage.
  2. Learning Module – Sydney, Eric continue to work on the module updates including a simplified power point, 1 hour maximum lesson, shorter video possibly the Pink Sweater series which is a telus production. The materials will be tested before taking them out to the public.

Greater Edmonton Foundation – Michael had set up a meeting at the end of May to introduce our group and materials in an attempt to get into their many centers. Was serendipitously at a breakfast meeting and met the executive director Jackie Ells.

Southminster-Steinhauer United Church and Edmonton Seniors Center are affirming.  Ashbury is going to have an official affirming ceremony in Mid may.

  1. Other Updates

EGALE—Sydney advised that 8 people from Alberta filled in the demographic data survey.   She passed around a copy of Crossing the Rainbow Bridge pamphlet on end of life planning.  The Egale coordinator will be coming to Alberta this summer.  There will be a national conference in the fall and Sydney suggested that maybe Edmonton would be chosen to present.  Alvin will be in Toronto during that time.

City Committee Presentation—Michael presented.  The report was received for information.  It seemed supported.  No sense of reservation from the counselors.  The questions were appropriate.  Michael will write a thank you note to the committee for accepting the report.

Meeting with Minster Miranda and MLAs—Alvin and Michael met with the Ministers and the MLAs on Apr 11 and gave them an update on what we are doing.  They discussed housing regulations and process and Alberta Health study LGBT survey they are undertaking.  Contact the minister’s office directly for more information. Linkages to other seniors groups (not LGBT) will be sent to the group.

Calgary and Sharp Foundation—Michael has had some contact with Calgary’s Sharp foundation (similar to Living Positively Edmonton) and they have applied for national funding to hold an Alberta session.  One of the pillars of the Canada 150 funding is inclusiveness. Michael let Minister Sigorson office know that they have received their application.  Possible dates are Aug 28 and Sep 4.  Grants are approved monthly so we should know fairly soon.  See attached email.

Stories, Library—Michael received an email from the Public Library requesting story tellers. Anyone interested can repond directly. See attached email.

Camrose Presentation October 3—Michael advised FCSS in Camrose as asked us to come talk.  Robert will assist.  There will be two sessions. One for the people involved in social services and one for the older GLTB.

Edmonton Seniors Coordinating  Council AGM—Michael and Scott McKeen spoke at their AGM.  Approximately 60 people there. Depression and isolation were common themes.  This is a large organization for organizing senior servicing agencies and they meet once a month.

U of A Alumni Pride Group – had a film screening (Cloudburst) at the Metro.  Michael spoke before the film and recruited 8 people for the intergenerational project.

  1. Intergenerational Project

Changes at Sage –The admin person is gone and Sage will be hiring a new one shortly.

Update on process and timing—Thaya handed out a page that identifies the changes.  See attached. There is a movement from the alt right to go after GSA’s and they are no longer a safe social structure for kids. The youth for our project must be chosen carefully. 16 to 18 years old.  We do not want to be attacked for coopting the youth. Fire Fly graduates are a possibility. Targeting July 5 for the session.

Additional older glbtq participants – All members are to provide phone number contact information for their suggested participants.

  1. Other – NIL
  2. Meeting dates:

June 5, 4:30pm at SAGE

July 10, 4:30pm at SAGE

Notes prepared by Jan Schmitz

Canada 150