Solidarity Alliance


The Solidarity Alliance is a working subgroup of the Rainbow Community Council (RCC) that formed in recognition of gaps in services and essential resources for LGBTQ+ newcomers/refugees/immigrants to Waterloo Region.  This working group is now composed of representatives from agencies who in some capacity work with LGBTQ+ newcomers.

We are currently seeking LGBTQ+ newcomers to join the working group so that they can drive the direction of the Solidarity Alliance through the importance of their lived experience.  One of our most important long term goals is for the decisions of the working group to be driven purely by LGBTQ+ newcomers.  If you are interested in working with the Solidarity Alliance, you can contact us at solidarityalliancekw@gmail.com.

A list of agencies with representatives in the Solidarity Alliance includes: KW Counselling, ACCKWA (The AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & Area), KW Multicultural Centre, MCRS (Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support), Carizon, and SPECTRUM.

Our goals also include aiding the creation of LGBTQ+ newcomer services in Waterloo Region, outreach to newcomer communities, and capacity-building for agencies and services within the region that serve LGBTQ+ newcomers in some way.

Since our founding in August 2015, we have hosted a training for lawyers, paralegals, legal staff, counsellors etc. to network and improve their capacity to aid LGBTQ+ refugees in their claims and navigating the legal system.  We’ve also organized a training done by the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) as a capacity building exercise for agencies who serve LGBTQ+ newcomers in Waterloo Region.

Contact Info:

ACCKWA – Victor LeFort (519) 570-3687 x 312    gmsh@acckwa.com
Priscilla Muzira (519) 570-3687 x 309 acstrategy@acckwa.com

Bruce E. Walker: www.brucewalkertraveladventures.ca

Carizon Family and Community Services – Kathy Muratis kmuratis@carizon.ca

KW Multicultural Centre – Yumna Zaghlol (519) 505-4499 rainbow@kwmc-on.com

KW Counselling Services – Georgina de Barros 519-884-0000 x212 – gdebarros@kwcounselling.com

MCRS – Tony Van Giessen – 519-571-1912 x107 – caseworker@mcrs.ca

SPECTRUM – Shane Bauman – rainbownewcomers@gmail.com

Resources:

ACCKWA – The AIDS Comittee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & Area.  www.acckwa.com

Carizon Family and Community Services  www.carizon.ca

KW Counselling Services  www.kwcounselling.com

OK2BME- KW Counselling Services http://ok2bme.ca/

Kitchener Waterloo Multicultural Centre  www.kwmc.on.ca

MCRS – Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support  www.mcrs.ca

SPECTRUM – Waterloo Region’s Rainbow Community Space  www.ourspectrum.com

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Positive Spaces http://positivespaces.ca/