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About SPECTRUM

SPECTRUM is Waterloo Region’s first ever LGBTQ / Rainbow community space!

[For definitions that help define our community, see LGBTQI Terminology from the UCLA LGBT Resource Center.]

A safe space for our community, SPECTRUM is so much more. Programming, social groups, special projects, research, events, resources, a DVD library – SPECTRUM is the center of our rainbow community.

We opened our doors on 7 August 2012. Our space is a stepping stone towards a larger community centre in the future.

Who is SPECTRUM?

Our Vision: To provide a physical and public space for the Rainbow community in the Waterloo Region.
Our Mission: SPECTRUM is a volunteer-based LGBTQ community venue that is sustainable, supportive, positive and a safe space for people of all ages in the Waterloo Region. By providing resources, information, rainbow-related events, and programming, SPECTRUM will work together with partners and allies to ensure a strong and inclusive community
    • To establish, maintain and operate a facility for the LGBTQ/Rainbow community that is inclusive to the general public.
    • To educate the general public in issues and better understanding of the LGBTQ/Rainbow community with a specific focus on positive level of engagement and relationships in the community.
    • To develop training and education programs for the LGBTQ/Rainbow community.
    • To liaise with other charitable, non-profit community and government agencies and organizations in developing training and educational programs for people in the community.
We are incorporated as a non-profit corporation with Ontario Corporation Number 1899642. We are working toward gaining charitable status. Find SPECTRUM’s Bylaws here.
Our Articles of Incorporation are laid out in our 2016-05-13 Supplementary Letters Patent (from the Government of Ontario) which approve us as a charity.  We are working on the next step – approval as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Here is a copy of the SPECTRUM Code of Practice.   This code of practice describes SPECTRUM’S expectations of all Board of Directors, volunteers and participants at the SPECTRUM Community Space, meetings, functions, media events, and any other community happenings.

If you are interested in applying to become a Director of the SPECTRUM Board, please fill out the SPECTRUM Board Application Package and return it to SPECTRUM.
Highlights from our history can be found here.

Board of Directors

  • Wes Austin – Member at Large
  • Nicky Dierx – Treasurer
  • Randy Farrell – Vice-President
  • Cait Glasson – Member at Large
  • Kashaf Imtiaz – Member at Large
  • Sunna Murphy – Secretary
  • Jim Parrott – President & Executive Director
  • William Pensaert – General Manager

Roles of Board Members & Other Volunteers

  • Aging with Pride Committee Liaison – Randy Farrell
  • Breaking the Silence on Hidden Violence Liaison – Randy Farrell
  • Communications Liaison Coordinator — Cait Glasson
  • Community Engagement Director –Sunna Murphy
  • Community Space General Manager – William Pensaert
  • Documents Officer – Bonnie Voisine
  • Financial Committee Chair – Nicky Dierx
  • Librarian – Holly Ashbourne
  • Marketing/Promotion Coordinators – Tom Connelly, Rikki Gibson & Kashaf Imtiaz
  • PFLAG Liaison – Jim Parrott
  • Program Coordinator – Jim Parrott
  • Queercraft Liaison – Sunna Murphy
  • “Rainbow Community Calendar” Editor – Lyn McGinnis
  • Rainbow Newcomers Coordinators – Shane Bauman & William Pensaert
  • Silent Auction Coordinator – Nicky Dierx
  • Social Media Coordinator – Kashaf Imtiaz
  • Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo Liaison – Sunna Murphy
  • Trans Services Coordinator – Melissa Paige Kennedy
  • WRDSB Equity & Inclusion Advisory Group Liaison – Sue Senior
  • Youth Outreach Coordinator – Sue Senior

Committees

Fundraising

  • Nicky Dierx
  • Sunna Murphy
  • Jim Parrott
  • Thom Ryan
  • Bruce Walker
  • Scott Williams

Information Services

  • Holly Ashbourne
  • Cait Glasson
  • Kashaf Imtiaz
  • Lyn McGinnis
  • Sunna Murphy
  • Jim Parrott
  • Thom Ryan
  • Bonnie Voisine

Volunteer Management

  • Jim Parrott
  • Bonnie Voisine

Community Portal

  • Cait Glasson
  • Leia Lane
  • Jim Parrott
  • Thom Ryan
  • Kate Schmitt
  • Bonnie Voisine

Aging with Pride

  • Colin Boucher
  • Tom Connelly
  • Randy Farrell
  • Stevie Forbes-Roberts
  • Cait Glasson
  • Jim Parrott
  • Marlene Pfaff
  • Dianne Roedding
  • Barb Wilson

Historical Project

  • Georgina de Barros
  • Jim Parrott
  • Natalia Smiarowski