Facilitators Forum & Knowledge Gathering

Thursday, September 20th & Friday, September 21st, 2018

Creekside Community Centre

We respectfully acknowledge that our time together over these two days is on the unceded and traditional Coast Salish lands of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam nations.  With thanks and gratitude, we look forward to having Stewart Sempulyan Gonzales provide a welcoming on both days.


As educators and facilitators in queer, trans, and Two-Spirit equity and inclusion, we are called upon in professional and personal contexts to raise awareness about the particular challenges and barriers LGBTQ2S+ folk may experience while accessing programs, government services, interfacing with institutions and systems, or simply navigating their day to day life by going to the local pool, clearing security before a flight, or shopping for clothes at the mall.

We believe that systems-change requires a lot of work, from a lot of different people, employing many different strategies.  Education and training is a powerful strategy and tool at our disposal, and this forum is an opportunity to bring together 50 BC-based educators, trainers and facilitators who are using education as a tool to advance change in social services, health care delivery, community building and beyond.  As a result of timely, relevant and competent training, the holistic and overall health outcomes of our communities will be positively impacted.

And we are truly humbled by the response from across the province!  The collective expertise, experience and skill set in the room is impressive!  For that reason, we are trying to design the days in such a way that allows for self-directed engagement, peer-to-peer learning, rich dialogue, and opportunities for you to engage as both ‘teacher,’ and ‘student.’

We look forward to having you join us!


Forum Schedule

Please note that the schedule may change (but we hope nothing too drastically by this point!)

Thursday, September 20th is an opportunity for attendees who are coming from mostly out-of-town.  We are excited to hear and learn from folks coming from Campbell River, Victoria, Vernon, Fort St. John, Prince George and Kelowna to name a few!

Our focus on Thursday September 20th is in capacity building and supporting folks to design and facilitate elements of a workshop that cover some of the fundamental components of LGBTQ2S+ competency.  We will spend time reviewing modules to help teach concepts of language and terminology, facilitation techniques and tools, and how to establish yourself and your services within a fee-for-service model (basically, how to make sure you get paid for this important work!).

Day One – Thursday, September 20th
Time Working Title Notes and Comments
8:30 AM Arrival, registration Bring travel mug/reusable water bottle
9:00 AM Welcome, Land Acknowledgment, Introductions and Community Agreements To consider: how do we want to talk to and hold space for one another over the next 2 days?  What are some guiding principles or agreements we could use to do so respectfully?
10:00 AM Facilitation Fundamentals Facilitated by PeerNet BC, this workshop will be for new and seasoned facilitators alike; how do we show up in service to the room we are facilitating?  What role(s) might we play?
12:00 PM LUNCH Wraps, sandwiches and salads
1:00 PM Dollars & Sense: The Business of Facilitation (Part 1) Facilitated by Cicely Blain Consulting, this workshop will introduce some fundamentals to keep in mind as you establish yourself/your agency as a fee-for-service facilitator/consultant
2:00 PM Dollars & Sense: The Business of Facilitation (Part 2) Building off of Part 1, this second workshop will explore grants and grant-writing as a source of funding
3:00 PM Workshop Content & Module Development
(1) Language & Terminology(2) Gender Models
(3) LGBTQ2S+ History
In small groups, participants will visit each topic and begin to discuss best practices, tools and techniques in facilitating conversations and dialogues on the listed topics.  We are happy to provide a starting point, and eager to hear from you about what’s worked and what hasn’t in the past!
4:30 PM Wrap-Up & Reflections No day is complete without an opportunity to reflect and begin to reconcile what we’ve learned from each other.


ALL forum participants are invited to attend a networking social and dinner on Thursday, September 20th starting at 6:30 PM at The Whip; please note confirmation of attendance was required in order to save your seat.t 6:30 PM; location TBD

Friday, September 21st will bring together those from the first day, plus another 30+ folks operating in the Lower Mainland/Vancouver.  With 50 brilliant minds in the room, we hope you find time to listen, story-tell, reflect, ask questions, debate and discover!

Day Two – Friday, September 21st
Time Working Title Notes and Comments
8:00 AM Arrival, registration Bring travel mug/reusable water bottle
8:30 AM Welcome, Land Acknowledgment, Introductions & Community Agreements
9:00 AM Dialogue #1: Different Approaches for Different Folxes As educators, a fundamental concept is understanding how to “meet people where they are at” and engage from there.  Are there different experiences facilitating for a rural, remote, urban or isolated audience?  Do the topics you explore, or the degree to which you explore them, shift and change?  And if so, how do you stay accountable to the communities we advocate for?
11:15 AM ·         Resource and Referral Roundup

·         Mentor/Mentee Match-Ups

Information has never been more readily available; let’s help each other filter through the good, the useful, and the old and out-dated!
1:00 PM Gender & Sexual Health Initiative Research Project
2:00 PM
Dialogue #2: Advocating for Diverse Communities, Connecting Diverse Facilitators
We look forward to turning the room over to you for participant-hosted conversations and dialogues and encourage you to go to the topics that you think you can contribute to, or have some burning questions on.
3:30 PM Unofficial Happy Hour @ Tap & Barrel (right next door!)


This forum has been made possible by the generous support of our funders, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and UBC’s Community-University Engagement Support.

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