SPECTRUM News, Volunteers

Thank You, Dianne!

Dianne Roedding, a founding member of SPECTRUM’s Aging With Pride committee, recently stepped down from the committee after nine years of service. A retired public health nurse who lives in Kitchener, Dianne was integral in Aging With Pride’s success in helping to educate facilities who treat and house seniors on issues particular to our community. 

Aging With Pride was established in 2013 to address the needs of aging members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. In 2017, Aging With Pride received a $25,000 New Horizons for Seniors grant from the government of Canada which enabled the committee to create and implement various programs with facilities in Waterloo Region. As part of this, Dianne visited and met with many senior centres and retirement communities and helped to deliver many of these programs. Some of these programs included educational presentations, hosting dinners, and even helping to host drag shows performed at local retirement homes.

Recently, Dianne represented SPECTRUM as a member of the RNAO Best Practice Guidelines Expert Panel to develop the RNAO Best Practice Guidelines for Promoting 2SLGBTQI+ Helath Equity. You can read that report here.

SPECTRUM would like to thank Dianne for her tireless service to her community. Not only as a member of SPECTRUM and Aging With Pride, but also in her career in public health nursing.

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