QMUNITY’s Older Adults and Seniors programs offers opportunities for community connection, social support, and personal development for folks fifty-five and older.
Finding inclusion, belonging, and meaningful connections can become more challenging as we age. We host social events, co-develop and provide educational workshops, assist in one-to-one support and referral services, while fostering connections within diverse communities to improve the lives of LGBTQ/2S persons 55 Years and older. We acknowledge the lived experience of Older Adult and Senior members of our community and seek to hold space for those members to be supported in connecting, supporting, and leading one another and the community at large.
Our drop-ins offer a place for older adults searching for community to come together and meet, guide, or support each other. Sessions offer all kinds of opportunities—from intergenerational panels, to relationship building seminars, to financial and estate planning workshops, to philosophical discussions, to informal coffee gatherings. We strive to offer programming that’s relevant for and led by older LGBTQ/2S folks.
The Older Adults and Seniors Programming Advisory Committee directly guides the activities, workshops, and socials planned and is open to all queer, trans and Two-Spirit members of this community.
Friendly Visitor Program
Our Friendly Visitor Program matches LGBTQ/2S volunteers with LGTBQ/2S seniors for social visits in senior’s homes, long term care facilities, or spaces within the community. Volunteers also accompany seniors to medical appointments or QMUNITY programs and events. This is a terrific way to add peer-to- peer social support if you’re a senior feeling you require more connection to queer, trans, and Two-Spirit communities.
Older Adults & Seniors Newsletter
The Older Adults and Seniors newsletter is typically distributed digitally and in hard-copy in the second week of each calendar month. The newsletter:
- Provides information about QMUNITY in the coming month. This section includes details that are more specific to Older Adult and Senior members with QMUNITY programs than the general newsletter.
- Shares a sampling of events happening at other inclusive community spaces.
- Relays information about upcoming projects in the community for older adults and seniors looking to share their experiences, expertise, and talents as contributors, co-developers, and influencers.
Our goals is to communicate in a way that keeps as many folks as possible in-the-loop, up-to-speed, and able to participate in what is happening for LGBQT/2S communities.
Older Adults & Seniors Programming Advisory Committee (OASPAC)
Throughout the year QMUNITY hosts open meetings for LGBTQ/2S members of the community who are 55 years and older to gather and discuss QMUNITY’s senior programming and events. These meetings provide direction and assistance in co-creating and co-delivering the workshops, drop-in sessions, events, and socials older adults want to see. This is an open meeting for folks to discuss activities: all those interested are encouraged to attend.
These meetings are usually followed by an informal social/gathering.
Spring Fling – April
Spring Fling is an annual social soiree where seniors and older adults within the LGBTQ/2S community can enjoy the brightening days, the budding freshness of spring, and the early flirtations of summer among friends, family, and fellow community members. A fresh start to kick off the end of winter and enjoy an evening of light refreshments, entertainment, and good cheer.
Honoring Our Elders Tea – July
Honoring Our Elders Tea is an annual event where queer, trans, and Two-Spirit members of our community celebrate the contributions and legacies of those who are 55+ and who have shaped our communities.
An afternoon high-tea, the event recognizes the debt of gratitude to those that have forged and tended to our community. It is a joyous celebration of the richness of life and a commemoration for those loved ones, friends, and peers whom we now treasure in our hearts.
Aging with Pride – August
Aging with Pride takes place during the pride season. We welcome all queer, trans, Two-Spirit members of the community and allies to celebrate the pride season among peers. This event takes place in partnership with West End Seniors Network, South Granville Seniors Centre, Haro Park Centre, and 411 Seniors Centre. Special contributions from the Vancouver Pride Society and partner organizations make this event possible each Pride Season.
Holigays – December
Holigays is an annual winter holiday celebration for queer, trans and Two-Spirit seniors 55 and older. It’s a coming together for those in our community to warmly recognize the life-long connections of our extended LGBTQ/2S family. We celebrate relationships that have been a secure base and safe haven, we toast the year gone by, and we form new connections within our community of communities. This is a catered event with light entertainment that takes place in mid December.