2012, January 17 (Tuesday)
The Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition (WRRC) sponsored a community meeting in the Crystal Ballroom of the Walper Hotel from 7pm – 10pm. The meeting was entitled From Conversation to Action: Building Community Connections. The purpose of the meeting was to review progress that WRRC had made over the previous year, and then discuss dreams that participants had for our community.
After a small-groups exercise, the results of each group discussion was presented. The top three priorities that emerged were:
Physical Community Centre
Advocacy on behalf of Rainbow Youth within the school system
Opportunities for Networking:
- Between existing groups
- More opportunities for social interactions
- Increased community interaction will help promote community unity
2012, February 27 (Monday)
WRRC sponsored another community meeting. This one was held at the Faculty of Social Work in downtown Kitchener behind City Hall, from 6:30-8:30pm. This event was advertised on Facebook as Take Action! Towards an LGBTQ Community Centre in Waterloo Region. Part of the event announcement read as follows. “Our goal this evening is to hear from community stakeholders about how we can move forward on establishing an LGBTQ community centre here in Waterloo Region. Hopefully, by the end of this meeting, we’ll have a group of informed citizens committed to making it happen!”
A follow-up post (dated February 28) on Facebook read as follows. “Thanks everyone for the good, honest discussion last night about why we need a community centre and how we can get one. Join us March 20 at 6:30PM @ Faculty of Social Work as we create plan for taking ACTION!”
NOTE: The March 20 meeting was later cancelled because of a silent protest being held that evening to let the University of Waterloo know of the rainbow community’s concern that a noted homophobe, Dr. Charles E. Rice, had been chosen as Pascal Lecturer for that evening.
2012, April 17
WRRC sponsored a community meeting to create a plan of action to start a local LGBTQ community centre. This one was also held at the Faculty of Social Work in downtown Kitchener behind City Hall, from 6:30-8:30pm.
At that meeting various options for startup were mentioned, including the possibility of applying for space in the renovated LCBO building at 42 Erb St E, Waterloo that was under the management of Creative Enterprise Initiative (CEI).
A Steering Committee was set up to guide the process of establishing a community centre; it consisted of some WRRC Board members and some other people present at the meeting. The Steering Committee was asked to speak with CEI about the possibility of leasing a 10’X10′ space in that building for the time being.
2012, May 4
The Steering Committee learned today that our application for space in 42 Erb St E, Waterloo (submitted 2012, April 20) had been approved by CEI. The Steering Committee began meeting regularly in preparation for moving in to the space.