What is the New Horizons for 2S-LGBTQ+ Older Adults Program?
The New Horizons for 2S-LGBTQ+ Older Adults program is Central and Northern Ontario specific, servicing the Simcoe/Muskoka, North Bay, and Sudbury areas. Coming together as a larger team allows for community building across regions, and a larger network of support for the vast geographical area that we serve.
New Horizons for 2S-LGBTQ+ Older Adults is committed to reducing the social isolation experienced by this population through the creation of online and in-person social and support opportunities, educational workshops and culturally relevant programming. Our team is committed to community building, inclusion across identities, and the creation of spaces where all people on the 2S-LGBTQ+ spectrum feel welcome, heard, and honoured. The 2S-LGBTQ+ Older Adults program aims to support and empower those who identify as older adults (55+) within the 2S-LGBTQ+ community, to promote healthy relationships, and to increase access to health and social services.
Participating agencies in the New Horizons for 2S-LGBTQ+ Older Adults project include Gilbert Centre and Mamaway Wiikdokdaadwin, AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area and the North Bay Indigenous Hub, and Réseau Access Network and Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy. Visit https://gilbertcentre.ca/new-horizons/ to learn more.
Older Adults and Two-Spirit Outreach Programming
Our Older Adults programming is currently held both online and in person. We offer weekly virtual social and support meetings, walking groups, webinars, one-on-one check-ins, assistance in connecting you to outside resources, and more! Our Older Adults programming is open to all who fit the program criteria and wish to connect.
Please visit our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all of our events.
While everyone is welcome, there will occasionally be programming specifically for those who identify as Two-Spirit or Indigenous LGBTQ+.
Older & Bolder
Older & Bolder North is a social and support group for 2S-LGBTQ+ adults who are 55 and older. The need to connect is greater than ever before with COVID-19 trying its best to keep us isolated, and we are happy to provide a safe, judgement-free space to be out, proud, and social!
Coffee & Chats
Coffee and Chats is an informal virtual drop-in social group for those who identify as older adults (55+) within the 2S-LGBTQ+ community and their Allies. Meetings will be held virtually through Zoom (phone, tablet, computer with microphone and/or camera needed). A link for the group will be provided upon registry.