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Black Men's Mental Health Support Discussion and Panel

Porchlight is excited to invite the community to the next event in our Conversations for Community Care series! We are once again partnering with our friends at Rhythm and Blues Cambridge to bring together folks across Waterloo Region for an evening information session and panel on the topic of Black Men's Mental Health.

All are welcome and this session will be educational. There will be information, a panel, and a chance to ask questions. Speakers include Gillian Wells, Andre Johnson, Ayo Owodunni, Abdulahi Adow, and Lionel Campbell.

Join us at Idea Exchange on Thursday November 30th from 6-8 PM. Register in advance by clicking here.

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Spectrum Newsletter

In case you missed it, we're pleased to share our 2022-2023 Annual Report!


Here, you'll be able to read about the work we've been doing over the past year and about the impact we've been making in the community.


Download the report here.


If you haven't had a chance yet, please Take the survey by clicking here (note the password is welcome2023)


This is a collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier University and ACCKWA to learn more about the needs of 2SLGBTQIA+ people in Waterloo Region!


The data we gather will help Spectrum and other organizations better understand the needs in our community and then advocate for funding to work to meet them!


Check out the Rainbow Community Calendar where you'll find details on SPECTRUM’s groups and events. This is also your clearinghouse of 2SLGBTQIA+ events in Waterloo Region. Click here to explore.


As a supporter of Spectrum, you have exclusive access to an online screening of the documentary, UnCharitable from November 28-December 3.


Led by Dan Pallotta, a gay man who revolutionized fundraising for AIDS and breast cancer and whose record-breaking Ted Talk on the subject has inspired top philanthropists and changemakers, this feature documentary exposes the dark side of philanthropy and introduces a radical new way of giving.


Click here to watch


Join Spectrum and Rad Riot Books for the 2SLGBTQIA+ Book Club on November 27th!


This month, we're discussing The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar


Featuring Zeyn Joukhadar’s signature storytelling, The Thirty Names of Night is a timely exploration of how we all search for and ultimately embrace who we are.


On December 5th at 7pm we're offering a virtual Rainbow Diversity Training 301 workshop. This is a great opportunity for individuals to receive this training and there are a limited number of free spots available!


In 301, we'll discuss 2SLGBTQIA+ history in Canada with a focus on Waterloo Region, and we'll look at systems of oppression including patriarchy and colonialism.

Click here to participate


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Recreational Respite Holiday Closure

OUR TEAM IS AMAZING! It is because of each and every one of them who serve our customers direct, that we are able to do the great work that we do! The hard work, creativity, skill, innovation and dedication has been unprecedented through challenging times. Time for a break to rejuvenate, regroup and relax!

Recreational Respite will be closing our offices from HOLIDAY CLOSURE: December 15, 2023 - January 8, 2024.

Customers we support: if this is an URGENT matter, please email info@recrespite.com and mark in the subject line: URGENT and we will respond as soon as possible.

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Muslim Coalition of Women is Hiring

Join Our Team!

We are thrilled to announce the opening of three exciting positions within our team.

We are actively seeking passionate and dedicated individuals who share our commitment to making a positive difference in the community. If you're looking for an opportunity to make a positive impact and be part of a dynamic team, we encourage you to explore the details of each position below and consider CMW as your next career destination. All the best!


Community Support Worker (Black/African)-TVFH


Marketing & Communication Associate


Coordinator,Youth Leaders 4 Change



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HCARRD November 2023

Vignette Series-Practice Guidance for ALC Patients

Explore a collection of stories featuring individuals with dual diagnoses who have successfully transitioned to communities across Ontario after experiencing ALC hospitalization. 

Adults with developmental disabilities who also have a psychiatric condition, often referred to as a dual diagnosis, face a higher risk of becoming Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients; that is, they no longer require hospital-level care but remain hospitalized due to a lack of suitable community settings. 

This Vignette Series explores the elements that played a pivotal role in facilitating their transition from the hospital to the community and how they align with the core components outlined in our report, Supporting alternate level of care (ALC) patients with a dual diagnosis to transition from hospital to home: Practice guidance.


Click here to explore


ECHO Ontario Adult Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Pop-Up
Dementia & Intellectual Disability

Friday, December 8, 2023, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EST

Click here to register


January 2024 Mindfulness Programs

Mindfulness for Family Caregivers of people with disabilities, those who are aging, and those experiencing a challenging illness
Every Monday, January 15 to February 26, 2024, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern (NOTE: No session Feb 19th). Click here to register


Virtual Peer Support for Newly Diagnosed Autistic Women
Researchers are evaluating the impact of participating in a virtual peer support program on the well-being of newly diagnosed autistic women. 
Who can participate? Adults 18 years or older who identify as a woman, have received a formal diagnosis of autism in the last 8 months, and live in Ontario.
Questions?  Contact Princess Owusu at AWPeerSupport@camh.ca 




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