Chapters from Our History

Our Beginnings: 2012, January 17 to 2012, May 4

For information on the work of the Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition (WRRC) that led to finding a physical space for our community centre at Unit K, 42 Erb St E, Waterloo, click here.

Moving In Day: 2012, July 28 (Saturday)

This was Moving-In Day for us! For some photographs illustrating our progress that day, click here.

Open for Business: 2012, 7 August (Tuesday)

We opened our doors today, and began offering limited service. Over the next several weeks we grew accustomed to our new space and developed plans for regular operation.

Our Grand Opening: 2012, September 30 (Sunday)

For a gallery of photographs from our Grand Opening, click here.

Early Fundraisers: 2012, October  – 2013, February

Posters from some of our early fundraisers.

Spinning Off: 2013, February 12 (Tuesday)

At this evening’s meeting of the Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition (WRRC), a vote was taken in favour of spinning the Community Space off as an autonomous body. Volunteers for the Community Space re-branded it as SPECTRUM – Waterloo Region’s Rainbow Community Space. Plans were undertaken to handle the details of the separation. A new website ( was also constructed.

Incorporation: 2013, August 13 (Tuesday)

Today, we received our Letters Patent of Incorporation as a not-for-profit Ontario corporation.  Having the status of a not-for-profit corporation allowed us to apply for municipal grants in the Fall of 2013.

Our 1st Anniversary: 2013, October 6 (Sunday)

For a gallery of photographs from our First Anniversary Celebration, click here.

Our First Municipal Grants: 2014, April

We received our first municipal grants:

  • April 3, 2014 – City of Waterloo
  • April 23, 2014 – City of Kitchener

SPECTRUM at tri-Pride 2014, 2014, June 7 (Saturday)

SPECTRUM attended the 2014 tri-Pride celebration.  Here is a photo of some SPECTRUM volunteers.

Our 2nd Anniversary: 2014, October 5 (Sunday)

For a gallery of photographs from our Second Anniversary Celebration, click here.

New Location, 2015, May 15 (Friday)

Around 2014, December we learned that we could no longer count on being able to book the large front room at 42 Erb St E for our programming.  Given that our 12’x12′ office was to too small for running our programs, we began the search for a new home.  We received a reprieve for January and February.  We entered into talks with the Downtown Community Centre in Kitchener.  On 2015, February 24, they generously offered us free room rentals beginning in April for most of our programming during our transition to a new home.  We had some help from the Bread & Roses Housing Coop for March.  Finally we moved into our new home on 2015, May 15 and over the summer began transferring most of our programming to the new location at Unit 210, 283 Duke St W, Kitchener.  Here is a photo gallery of our first few months in Unit 210 at 283 Duke St W, Kitchener.

tri-Pride 2015, 2015, June 6 (Saturday)

SPECTRUM attended the 2015 tri-Pride celebration, which almost didn’t happen (it was rescued only a couple of months before the event by a new tri-Pride Board).  Here is a photo of some SPECTRUM volunteers with Bardish Chaggar.

Multicultural Festival 2015, 2015, June 21 (Sunday)

SPECTRUM attended the 2015 Multicultural Festival.  Here is a photo of our table.

Incorporation: 2016, May 13 (Friday)

On 2016, March 1, we had three years of financial data, and were then in a position to apply for charitable status with the Government of Ontario.  Today, we received our 2016-05-13 Supplementary Letters Patent from the Government of Ontario as a not-for-profit corporation with charitable status.  The revision represented the first step in working toward charitable status.  The second step involves getting approval from the Canada Revenue Agency, so that we can issue tax receipts for donations.

2016 Open House/Pride Tea:  2016, May 31 (Tuesday)

Photos from our Open House and Pride Tea can be found here.

2016 Multicultural Festival:  2016, June 25-26 (Sat./Sun.)

A photo of our table is here.

2016 Non-Violence Festival:  2016, July 9 (Saturday)

A photo of our table is here.

2016 SPECTRUM Annual General Meeting: September 27

Information about our 2016 AGM held on September 27 (Tuesday) can be found here.

2016 Seasonal Gathering: 2016, December 24/25

A photo of some of the food that we had at our Seasonal Gathering is here.  This was a very successful and enjoyable event with nearly 30 people in attendance from noon to 10 PM.

2017 Open House: May 31 (Sunday)

We had a very successful Open House on 2017, May 31.  At this event, we announced the receipt of a $25,000.00 federal grant under the New Horizons for Seniors Program to SPECTRUM’s Aging with Pride Committee for our “Beyond the Rainbow” project to do outreach to LGBTQ adults in senior-serving institutions, like retirement homes, nursing homes, and community centres.

The formal announcement was made by Raj Saini (MP for SPECTRUM’s riding, Kitchener Centre).  This was followed by speeches by Jim Parrott (for Aging with Pride), Marwan Tabbara (MP for Kitchener South-Hespeler.) and Berry Vrbanovic (Mayor of Kitchener).  Also in attendance were Bardish Chaggar (MP for Waterloo), Catherine Fife (MPP for Kitchener-Waterloo), and Dave Jaworsky (Mayor of Waterloo).  This was followed by a poetry performance by Beth Murch and a musical performance by Sonja Malton.

Here is a photo gallery of the event.

2017 tri-Pride: June 3 (Saturday)

The tri-Pride Outdoor Music Festival was held on 2017, June 3 in Victoria Park in the open grassy area behind the Clock-Tower.  It was a pleasant sunny day.  There were several tables for groups and agencies arranged around the perimeter of the grassy area, facing the stage.  Here is a photo of the SPECTRUM table with Nicky Dierx and Jim Parrott.

2017 Schlegel Villages-RIA Innovation Summit: June 14 (Wednesday)

Here are a couple of photos of our table at the 2017, June 14 Schlegel Villages Innovation Summit.

2017 Multicultural Festival: June 24 – 25 (Saturday – Sunday)

Here are a couple of photos of us at the 2017 Multicultural Festival.

2017 Suicide Prevention Day: September 10 (Sunday)

Here is a photo of Cait Glasson at our table.

2017 Aging with Pride Conference 2.0: September 19 (Tuesday)

Here is a photo of a panel discussion featuring Cait Glasson, Stevie Forbes-Roberts, Jim Parrott and Elin Moorlag-Silk.

2017 SPECTRUM Annual General Meeting: September 26 (Tuesday)

Here is a couple of photos from SPECTRUM’s 2017 AGM.

2017 Double Freak-Ture Movie Night: October 13 (Friday)

Here is a photo gallery from the Double Freak-Ture Movie Night.

2017 Holigay Market: December 2 (Saturday)

Here are a couple of photos of us at the Holigay Market.

2017 Charitable Status for SPECTRUM: December 21 (Thursday)

On 2016, May 13 the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee of Ontario gave us Supplementary Letters Patent granting us the status of an Ontario charitable not-for-profit corporation.  This meant that we were free to proceed to apply for charitable status from the federal government.  Due to the pressure of other responsibilities, we were not in a position to complete our application for charitable status to the Canada Revenue Agency until 2017, July 6.

On 2017, December 21, after a conversation with an officer at the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency, the Executive Director of SPECTRUM was informed that SPECTRUM would be receiving charitable status.  On 2018, January 30, we received formal confirmation of this in the following CRA Letter Announcing Charitable Status for SPECTRUM.   On the verso of this letter is our charitable registration number 85096 0576 RR0001 and also the information that SPECTRUM’s charitable status was back-dated to 2017, August 1.

2017 Seasonal Celebration of Community: December 25 (Monday)

Here is a photo of us setting up for our Seasonal Celebration of Community.  We had 18 folks attend from noon to 10 PM – fewer than the previous year, because of the winter storm this year.

Images from Our Archives

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