Finding Rainbows

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Finding Rainbows Summit

Addressing Social Isolation in the LGBT2SQ+ community

For those age 55±

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
8:30am-4:30pm (social events will follow)

Canada Inns Destination Centre Polo Park
1405 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Registration opens in September, 2017

Keynote Speaker

Bill Richardson

Author and Broadcaster

Bill Richardson was born in 1955 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He received his BA from the University of Winnipeg and his Master of Library Sciences from the University of British Columbia. Richardson worked as a children's librarian before joining CBC Radio, where he has hosted many shows, including: regular contributor and guest host on Vicki Gabereau's show, host of As You Like ItRichardson's Roundup and Canada Reads. Books include: Queen of all the dustballs: and other epics of everyday lifeBachelor Brothers' Bed and BreakfastOld Father William's Well-Ordered Universe and many others.

Sessions, Workshops, Resources & Networking

The Finding Rainbows Summit committee is working on providing sessions, workshops, resources and networking opportunities to address issues specific to the LGBT2SQ+ aging process including:

  • Community Health Services
  • Housing Options
  • Personal Safety
  • Accessible and Gender Inclusive Facilities
  • Social Isolation and Community Engagement in the LGBT2SQ+ Community of Manitoba

Needs Assessment Survey

The survey is the first phase of the Finding Rainbows project and looks at the needs of LGBT2SQ+ seniors in Manitoba.

We need your help

Please let us know your needs and concerns regarding LGBT2SQ+ seniors by completing our Needs Assessment Survey.  Your input is very valuable and will aid the team in building relevant content. The survey is confidential.

The Survey is available by DOWNLOAD or ONLINE.

About Finding Rainbows

The Finding Rainbows project, sponsored by Rainbow Resource Centre, is funded in part by New Horizons for Seniors Program. 

Recognizing the Senior LGBT2SQ+ community is heavily underserved, and lacks programming to address specific needs, the project will offer a space that allows community members to connect, share their experiences, and express their needs. The project is organized and led by LGBT2SQ+ adults who are 55 and older.

The project will provide a forum to:

  • Address issues specific to the LGBT2SQ+ aging process
  • Address Social Isolation and Community Engagement in the LGBT2SQ+ Community of Manitoba
  • A needs assessment related to LGBT2SQ+ aging, the results of which will be used to identify conference topics.

Steering Committee

Dr. Kathy Jones, Chair

Vic Hooper, Marketing & Communications

Roberta Bishop, Project Coordinator, Rainbow Resource Centre

Connie Newman, ED, Manitoba Association of Senior Centres

Madeline Kohut, Community Development and Seniors Specialist, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Kathy Henderson, Support Services to Seniors Facilitator, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Ruth Carol Feldman, Logistics

Frances Ennis, Winnipeg Transgender Support Group



Phone: (204) 474-0213 ext. 255