The Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI), a project of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), is on a search to identify regional Champions! A Champion is a person who is actively engaged in their community, working for the inclusion and human rights of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer, questioning, asexual, intersex, pansexual, genderqueer, etc.) immigrants and refugees.
OCASI is pleased to announce the launch of the Positive Space Assessment Tool!
This free and anonymous online questionnaire was designed in 2013-2014 to benchmark organizational standards for serving LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, etc.) newcomers. It can be used by organizations to:
Developed by OCASI; OrgWise - Organizational Standards is an online system that benchmarks best practices and builds organizational capacity within the immigrant and refugee-serving sector in Ontario. OrgWise starts with a voluntary self-assessment that measures the health of organizations then links users to the hub of accessible capacity building resources and training. The OrgWise self-assessment tool is a first step to good risk management practices and a means to champion activities, address organizational development issues, and celebrate successes.
Designed with organizational capacity-building in mind, OCASI's facilitator-led workshops train staff and managers to create Positive Spaces within their organizations, and to work respectfully and effectively with LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, queer, and/or questioning) newcomers and refugees. Each workshop is four hours long, for a total of 16 hours of training, and can be offered anywhere in Ontario.
OCASI and the Ethno Racial Disability Coalition of Ontario (ERDCO) formed a two year (2011 – 2013) partnership to train immigrant and refugee-serving settlement sector employees on the needs of newcomers with disabilities. This partnership is representative of the collaboration of both settlement and disability sectors working together to reduce barriers to holistic settlement services.
The Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI) aims to support the immigrant and refugee-serving settlement sector to more effectively serve LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning) newcomers. PSI encourages training, education, leadership and resource sharing to support LGBTQ newcomers, staff, volunteers and community members.