SPECTRUM first opened our doors on August 7, 2012 at our initial location of 42 Erb St E. in Waterloo. We are celebrating ten years of working to provide a safe space for 2SLGBTQ+ people in Waterloo Region!

You can view a wonderful timeline of some of the key events in our history at the Grand River Rainbow Historical Project site. This has been compiled by our former executive director, James Parrott, and we look forward to continuing to add to it for many years to come. 

One of the projects we are working on to celebrate this anniversary is a community cookbook. We invite you to share your favourite recipes with us for a cookbook that will be published (we hope) by the end of this year. If you’d like to share a recipe please send it to our board member, Olivia Yu at oy-director@ourspectrum.com. If you have a picture of the prepared recipe please include that as well. If you’d like to write a few words about why the recipe means something to you or your family that would be great!

Save the date for our next annual general meeting on September 27th at 7pm. We look forward to sharing some detailed updates about the various programs and projects we’re working on.

Be sure to check out our online store where you can purchase limited edition t-shirts and tote bags that feature Trisha Abe’s beautiful mural artwork.


SPECTRUM offers a safe place where LGBTQ2+ individuals can be themselves and find community and supports.