About SPNN

Who is SPNN

We are the Senior Pride Network Niagara

SPNN, the Senior Pride Network Niagara, consists of senior 2SLGBTQI+ citizens, their allies, and representatives of organizations providing services and programs to, with and for senior citizens in the Niagara region in Canada.

The Network advocates for an increase and improvement of programs and services for older 2SLGBTQI+ people. 

 

Scroll down to see the history of SPNN.

 

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December 2016

Getting Started

The first of many meetings to get what was to become SPNN started. Using emails and phone calls to a variety of groups and organizations we promoted gatherings of older adult 2SLGBTQI+ individuals as well as professional representatives. The latter group were from long-term care facilities, Regional and private care provider agencies serving older adults to sensitize them to the needs and realities of 2SLGBTQ+ clients. These were well attended.

April 2018 - March 2019

Niagara Community Foundation Grant

$2,000 Grant - To purchase equpment to enhance event and presentation ability. Cover expenses in making educational presentations.

April 2018 - March 2019

Training Session: Older LGBTQ+ Adults 101

$2,160 Grant - To provide social/educational opportunities for older 2SLGBTQ+ people in the Niagara Region. An informal assessment regarding topics of interest was conducted by members of the Steering Committee. Results indicated an interest in End-of-Life Planning. The Steering Committee identified various resource persons and materials, e.g., medical, legal. Two sessions were scheduled, one was in St Catharines in the evening and the other in Niagara Falls in the afternoon.

June 2018

Training Session: Older LGBTQ+ Adults 101

The purpose of this program is to educate and sensitize health and social service staff about the realities and needs of 2SLGBTQ+ people who are older adults. In 2017 we began work on a curriculum that would work with this target audience. Dick Moore had a "training" that he had used with groups who approached him that he shared with our education team. We did a few revisions and took it to share in the Niagara Region. This was presented at a few of the monthly meetings that included providers to get their input. Then we used this same audience to give our volunteer trainers an opportunity to practice with an audience. There were long-term care facilities and community agencies that took advantage of this offering.

November 2020 - June 2022

2SLGBTQ2+ Community Capacity Fund - WAGE

$24,400 Grant - This 17-month project will strengthen the capacity of Senior Pride Network of Niagara (SPNN) to advance LGBTQ2 equality. This was achieved by developing an effective leadership team and incorporating the organization; increasing outreach capacity through the creation of a website and communication platforms; and securing operational needs of the organization. At the end of the project, the organization will have become legally constituted; and will have increased knowledge and capacity to advance equality with respect to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

December 2021

By-laws Approved

December 2021

Incorporation Certified

Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act