Special Projects

Through our 'Special Projects' efforts, we offer support and education to the people of Peterborough and to the families and friends of our LGBTQ community.

[ PFLAG Brunch 4 PRIDE ] [ You Can Play Project ] [ Storefront Decorating ]
[ Greeting Cards ]
[ Camp fYrefly ] [ PFLAG Lindsay Chapter ] [ Peterborough Public Library Window ]
[ PRIDE Tape ] [ Our LGBTQ Seniors ] [ Information Tables ]

We need volunteers. We have great ideas and are frustrated that we can't make every one a reality. We need your support and ideas and energy, not just for our Special Projects, but for basic PFLAG functioning. Call 705-749-9723 if you have time to volunteer a few hours monthly with us.

PFLAG Brunch for PRIDE

PFLAG Brunch 4 PRIDE PFLAG Peterborough’s Annual Fundraising Brunch from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at George Street United Church, 534 George St. N. (entrance off McDonnel St./accessibility off George St. Ring bell for service). We are delighted to serve a light brunch (donations gratefully accepted). Meet friends before the PRIDE parade beginning at 2:00 p.m. across the street. All are invited. Games for children. We love to see our new and long-time friends year after year. A family event. Dianne decorates, Catherine and Susan are responsible for catering, Gay and Louise on information and donations table. And, the many much appreciated volunteers who make it all happen.

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You Can Play Project

You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, and only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success. You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit. Jennifer has been working on this project which was first initiated by Dr. Joyce Barrett.

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PFLAG Peterborough Storefront Decorating for PRIDE

Catherine and Dianne initiated the PFLAG Peterborough Storefront Decorating Contest for PRIDE in 2013. Our participating merchants show their acceptance of the diversity of Peterborough by decorating their storefronts with colourful rainbows, banners, and balloons in visible support for our LGBTQ friends, neighbours, families, and co-workers.

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Greeting Cards

An original idea from Dianne and designed by Catherine as a means of raising funds for our Chapter. Cards are $2.00 each. Delivery is extra. They measure 4.25inches X 5.5 inches, one fold. Blank inside. Call 705-749-9723 or email.

Our Rainbow Garden (top fold)

Rainbow Christmas Tree (left fold)

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Camp fyrefly

Camp FyreflyCatherine and Dianne have attended several task force meetings at Trent University where Camp fYrefly wants to set up in the Summer of 2017.
Camp fYrefly is a four-day individual/social learning and leadership camp that provides a safe and supportive environment where youth across differences in sexual orientation and gender identity can enhance their personal and social resilience. Camp fYrefly started in Edmonton in 2004. The camp expanded to Saskatchewan in 2009, alternating annually between Saskatoon and Regina. The Calgary camp started in 2013. Now Camp fYrefly is coming to Ontario in Summer 2017. Dr. Spencer J. Harrison is Camp Director for the Ontario camp, which is a joint venture of the School of Education & Professional Learning, Trent University and the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta. The fYrefly acronym stands for fostering, youth, resilience, energy, fun, leadership, yeah!

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PFLAG Lindsay Chapter

PFLAG Lindsay Dianne and the many Lindsay and area phonecalls asking for support were the motivations behind the founding of the PFLAG Canada - Lindsay ON Chapter, she along with Catherine, and Monica, Maureen and a few friends from Lindsay and area, began sharing meetings at the Cambridge Street United Church in early 2014. They have a core group of volunteers who participated in the Lindsay PRIDE festivities in 2015 and in 2016, PFLAG Lindsay volunteers carried their new banner in the Toronto PRIDE parade.

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Peterborough Public Library Display Window

Library windowIn 2015, for PRIDE, Gay suggested we book the Peterborough Public Library's main entrance display window. She with the PFLAG Team's support got PRIDE Week off to a great start. The display included an LGBTQ 'diversity' of library books both fiction and non-fiction, the evolution of PFLAG from its beginning in New York City, and reference to the work of labour unions in equal rights and to our 2014 Storefront Decorating 4 PRIDE winner.

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Pride Tape hockey tape is a badge of support from teammates, coaches, parents and pros to young LGBTQ players. It shows every player that they belong on the ice. That we’re all on the same team. And with the support of over 1,000 Kickstarter backers, it’s now a reality.Buying Pride Tape will help support LGBTQ youth outreach initiatives, such as You Can Play and the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services. That means every roll of tape will make an impact on and off the ice.
KICKSTARTER BACKER: PFLAG Canada - Peterborough ON. Catherine's efforts made our Chapter the representative of PFLAG Canada in this initiative. Tape may be purchased online.

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Our LGBTQ Seniors

PFLAG Durham Region addressed the care of elder LGBTQ persons in nursing homes and retirement residences at a series of presentations in 2015. Our PFLAG team researched Peterborough seniors homes and found many contacts excited about bringing an awareness to PSWs, staff and administration about the special needs of our LGBTQ seniors. Gay and Jennifer are supported by the PFLAG Peterborough Team and are working with Elder Abuse Ontario and other local organizations towards this goal.

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Information Tables

Information Table Information tables are one of the fundamental ways we bring awareness and inclusivity to the families, friends, and members of LGBTQ Peterborough.
We will set up and distribute our pamphlets and cards at Curve Lake First Nations Health Fair, drop-in centres, KPRDSB Egale Diversity Conference, Fleming College Health Fair, reframe International Film Festival, workshops, and every where we are invited. Helping at info tables is a great way to get to know PFLAG.

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Consider becoming a PFLAG member and volunteering with PFLAG Peterborough.

We need you at our annual PRIDE BRUNCH and again a few times throughout the year to distribute information at various events.

If you have any questions, call 705-749-9723 or email.

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