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

[For definitions that help define our community, see LGBTQ TERMINOLOGY from the UCLA LGBT Campus 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.


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.  Our Ontario Corporation Number is 1899642.

On 2018, January 30, we received formal confirmation from the Canada Revenue Agency that they had granted us charitable status (backdated to 2017, August 1) with the Charitable Registration Number 85096 0576 RR0001.

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.

SPECTRUM volunteers have been featured in interviews in the media about our programs and services, as well as other matters related to the rainbow community.  Here are some of those interviews.

SPECTRUM has been honoured by being the recipient of various awards and special grants.  Here is a listing of recent awards and grants.

Board of Directors

  • Tom Connelly – Vice-President
  • Cait Glasson – President & Communications Liaison Coordinator   info@ourspectrum.com
  • Catherine Harrington –  Director-at-Large
  • Rhiannon Hill – Secretary
  • Melissa Paige Kennedy – Director-at-Large
  • Jim Parrott – Executive Director
  • Luke Runstedler – Volunteer Coordinator
  • Suzie Taka – Director-at-Large
  • Roger W. –  Treasurer

Roles of Board Members & Other Volunteers

  • Breaking the Silence on Hidden Violence Liaison – Randy Farrell
  • Communications Liaison Coordinator — Cait Glasson
  • Financial Development Committee Chair – Jim Parrott
  • Librarian – to be determined
  • Multicultural Services Coordinator – Sasa Kahrimanovic
  • PFLAG Liaison – Jim Parrott
  • Program Coordinator – Jim Parrott
  • “Rainbow Community Calendar” Editor – Lyn McGinnis
  • Social Media Coordinator – Tom Connelly
  • Trans Services Coordinator – Melissa Paige Kennedy
  • Volunteer Coordinator –  Jim Parrott
  • Web Master – Melissa Paige Kennedy
  • WRDSB Equity & Inclusion Advisory Group Liaison – Sue Senior


Financial Development

  • Jim Parrott
  • Roger W.

Information Services

  • Cait Glasson
  • Lyn McGinnis
  • Jim Parrott

Rainbow Diversity Training

  • Tom Connelly
  • Emily Cox
  • Randy Farrell
  • Cait Glasson
  • Mark Hartburg
  • Teresa Henry
  • Rhiannon Hill
  • Kalyna Horocholyn (Chair)
  • Jim Parrott

Youth Services

  • Catherine Harrington
  • Rhiannon Hill
  • Luke Runstedler

Aging with Pride

  • Tom Connelly
  • Randy Farrell
  • Stevie Forbes-Roberts
  • Cait Glasson
  • Jim Parrott (Chair)
  • Marlene Pfaff
  • Dianne Roedding
  • Ben Warren
  • Susan Watt
  • Barb Wilson

Safe Affordable Housing Committee

  • Cait Glasson
  • Jim Parrott
  • Yvana Richards
  • Rebecca Warren (Chair)
  • Charlotte Zawada