Serving Manitoba's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Two Spirit Communities
Join us at the Rainbow Resource Centre for our annual pride open house and BBQ!
This year we are really excited to share our new space with you! Come down to 170 Scott street on Wednesday May 29th to meet the staff, see the space, and learn more about what’s happening at the Centre!
Enjoy a beef or veggie hot dog as we build community and hopefully enjoy some sunshine!
Wednesday, May 29th, 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm @ the RRC (170 Scott St)
Hot dogs and veggie dogs are by Donation!
You are officially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Rainbow Resource Centre!
WHEN: Wednesday June 19th at 5pm
WHERE: Rainbow Resource Centre—170 Scott Street, Winnipeg, MB
Details on the agenda of the AGM will follow shortly. At the AGM, the following By-Law changes are being proposed and will be voted on by membership. Please note that only current members are able to vote. If you are interested in voting on the by-law changes, you can purchase a membership through the front desk at the Rainbow Resource Centre.
As per discussion at the March 27 Board meeting, there is interest in looking at alternative membership structures, but this will require additional time and study. Require immediate solutions to two AGM issues: quorum (requiring a percentage of Members) and protecting against takeovers (i.e. due to accepting nominations from the floor).
First proposal – By-Law §7.5
Quorum – The quorum for transaction of business at General Meetings of Members shall consist of not less than a simple majority of the directors in office at the time of the meeting and at least ten (10) percent of members. Meetings shall be adjourned and no business conducted if there is no quorum within thirty minutes after the scheduled time for the meeting. Notwithstanding the requirement of a quorum for a meeting to commence, subsequent loss of quorum shall not, by itself, be considered sufficient ground for adjourning or concluding the meeting.
The quorum for transaction of business at General Meetings of Members shall consist of not less than twenty (20) members, including a simple majority of the directors in office at the time of the meeting, but not including the Chairperson of the meeting. If after thirty minutes of the intended starting time of the Meeting this quorum is not reached, the meeting shall be dissolved and rescheduled for a future date, no more than two (2) weeks later, at which time quorum—for that meeting only—shall constitute those members present. Notwithstanding the requirement of a quorum for a meeting to commence, subsequent loss of quorum shall not, by itself, be considered sufficient ground for adjourning or concluding the meeting.
Second proposal – By-Law §4.2
Qualification – A director must become a member upon the acceptance of a position on the board of directors, and shall be resident in Manitoba, and shall otherwise be qualified to be a director of the Resource Centre, if such member is not otherwise disqualified pursuant to the provisions of Subsection 100(1) of the Act.
To qualify for election, a director must be a member in good standing of the Resource Centre for a period of 1 months prior to her election, shall be a resident of Manitoba, and shall otherwise be qualified to be a director of the Resource Centre, if not otherwise disqualified pursuant to the provisions of Subsection 100(1) of the Act.
LGBT Refugee Sponsorship
As per discussions of the Board over the last year and with the community, the Rainbow Resource Centre is actively pursuing the ability to sponsor a refugee that is LGBT identified. Specifically, we would recruit community support for both funding (to which a tax receipt could be provided) and ongoing social/integration support with an identified Refugee Committee that would work with the individual during our committed period of time as per Federal regulations. To assist the Centre in being able to do such, we are proposing the following change to our Mission Statement.
Third proposal – By-Law §2.2.a
REPRESENT AND SUPPORT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two-spirit, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Ally (LGBTT*) Individuals, Communities and Families by providing comprehensive education and outreach services, accessible counselling and other programs and services.
REPRESENT AND SUPPORT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two-spirit, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Ally (LGBTT*) Individuals, Communities and Families by providing comprehensive education and outreach services, accessible counselling and other programs and services, including agency and community sponsorship and support of LGBTT* refugees.
Additional information on the agenda will be available soon! Thank you for your continued support!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 16th 2013: International Day Against Homophobia
Rainbow Resource Centre hosts community rally against
homophobia and in support of Bill 18
Winnipeg, MB — May 15th 2013
Across Canada and the world, the International Day Against Homophobia is held in May. The Rainbow Resource Centre will be recognizing the International Day Against Homophobia by hosting a community rally on the steps of the Manitoba Legislature on Thursday May 16th from 4:30 to 6 pm. Community leaders and youth will speak to the importance of ending homophobia within our province, with Honorable Nancy Allen, Minister of Education speaking on the importance of Bill 18 at 5:30 pm.
“Unfortunately, homophobia, gay-bashing, discrimination and harassment are alive and well in Winnipeg and within our province—the month of March demonstrated this all too well, with homophobia surfacing through graffiti on a gay man’s home, persecution of business owners in a small town, and harassment towards a student trying to start a GSA in his home town”, says Chad Smith, Executive Director of the Rainbow Resource Centre.
By coming together to raise awareness, we can create an end to homophobia and make a truly inclusive Manitoba that welcomes and celebrates all individuals including sexual and gender minorities.
The Rainbow Resource Centre is a non-profit, community based charitable organization that serves as the central agency offering support, information, counselling, referrals, library, and public awareness on issues related to sexual orientation, gender diversity, and anti-homophobia education. The Rainbow Resource Centre envisions and works toward an equal and diverse society, free of homophobia and discrimination. It does so by encouraging visibility and fostering health and self-acceptance through education, support, resources and outreach.
For additional information on the International Day Against Homophobia and the community rally, visit the following websites and Facebook Event page at:
Chad Smith, Executive Director—Rainbow Resource Centre
170 Scott Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0L3
T: (204) 474-0212 Extension 208 F: (204) 478-1160 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
6th Annual Pride Golf Tournament
Saturday, May 25th, 2013 – Southside Golf Course
9 holes of golf contests, prizes & banquet dinner!
Golfers of all abilities welcome!
To Register for the 2013 Pride Golf Tournament, click here or contact the Rainbow Resource Centre at 204.474.0212 ext. 201
Open House/ Community BBQ
Come join us at the Rainbow Resource Centre at 170 Scott Street to meet the staff, see the space, and learn more about what’s happening at the Centre!
Enjoy a beef or veggie hot dog as we build community!
Wednesday, May 29th, 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: By Donation
Peer Project 4 Youth Pancake Breakfast & Camp Aurora Fundraiser!
Join us for Pride Pancakes on Pride Sunday for fun before the parade begins!
Sunday, June 2nd, 9:00 am- 11:00 am
Location: Club 200
Cost: By Donation
Join us at the Manitoba Legislative Building on Thursday, May 16th, for the Rainbow Resource Centre’s annual rally for the International Day Against Homophobia! This year, we plan to highlight the importance of Bill 18 and the difference it will make in the lives of students and all residents of Manitoba!
Check out the event page here
The Rainbow Resource Centre’s
Peer Support/Info Line
(204-284-5208 or 1-888-399-0005)
Permanently replaced by the new Chat Feature on our webpage,
April 1st 2013!
Please note the following resources:
-Check the webpage for programming updates
-Call the front desk (204-474-0212 ext. 201) for Centre Information
-Call the Klinic crisis line if you are in crisis or need support (204-786-8686)
-Use the chat feature at www.rainbowresourcecentre.org to leave a message or chat with a trained volunteer.
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