Creating space for transformative conversations

Building QMUNITY

August 31, 2015

In 2015, the Centre partnered with QMUNITY, BC’s queer resource centre, to conduct a community-wide consultation on QMUNITY’s future roles and its programming priorities. The consultation comprised a multi-pronged engagement strategy, including feedback from community partners, a community-wide survey, scoping interviews with stakeholders, a one-day community dialogue, eight small dialogue sessions with focused LGBTQ+ communities, including Aboriginal/Two-Spirit individuals, Seniors, Youth, Refugees and others.

The consultation was designed to provide feedback to QMUNITY for defining the organization’s direction as well as for planning, developing and launching a new community centre in the West End of Vancouver, funded through a $10 million grant from the city of Vancouver. Questions that were addressed included:

  • What does QMUNITY do well? 
  • Where is there room for improvement? 
  • What are the critical issues facing LGBTQ+ communities in BC?
  • What would QMUNITY stakeholders like to see the organization deliver in the years to come?
  • What are the other organizations and services that are also essential to LGBTQ+ communities?

The conversations during the full-day dialogue and small group sessions revealed excitement about QMUNITY’s future as a central place for LGBTQ+ communities. Many participants expressed the hope that QMUNITY and its new facility will provide a positive space where all community members can feel welcome, comfortable and proud.

QMUNITY summarized the final report into a series of infographics, available here.