Creating space for transformative conversations
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.
news media coverage
Qmunity centre consultation seems transparent and sincere, Daily XTRA (June 4th, 2015)
Qmunity launches community consultations for new LGBT centre, Georgia Straight (May 27th, 2015)
Qmunity consultation on new centre hears inclusivity top priority, Daily XTRA (May 28, 2015)