In September 2019, senior volunteers and service providers participated in a Shared Learning Event to become stronger allies with LGBTQ2S+ older adults. This population experiences significant barriers to social inclusion and accessing supports and services.
The session drew more than 70 participants from across Metro Vancouver. Jane Osborne, a Regional Mentor for the BC Community Response Network (CRN), stepped up to fill the shoes of the key speaker, who had been grounded by fog in Victoria. She presented professional and personal insight on the topic with warmth and humour.
Participants expanded learning through facilitated discussions. Session highlights included working together within a safe space to better understand LGBTQ2S+ terminology and ways to address barriers to inclusion.