What is the Rainbow Community Council?
The Rainbow Community Council (RCC) is an initiative of the WRRC designed to bring together existing community organizations (allied with the Rainbow community) to develop a truly community-wide, sustainable framework for supporting the Rainbow community as a whole.
On May 7th, 2014, 25 individuals representing 18 local community, social service and governmental organizations gathered with a vision to create a new community council committed to fostering a connected, welcoming, integrated, and supportive community in Waterloo Region that is inclusive of members of the Rainbow Community. Throughout 2014 and 2015, a subsection of this group met regularly to develop a Terms of Reference for this important community initiative.
The first Terms of Reference for the Rainbow Community Council were adopted on May 7th, 2015 (one year to the day of the original meeting). It is on this date that the Rainbow Community Council was founded.
The Rainbow Community Council adopted its current Terms of Reference in November of 2016. They can be viewed here.
What does the RCC do?
Member organizations in the RCC work collaboratively to support each other in such ways as addressing gaps in service provision; avoiding duplication of services and resources; collaborating on grants/proposals; and other supportive and collaborative initiatives as they relate to the Rainbow community in Waterloo Region.