June 23rd, 2022
2SLGBTQI+ TOOL KIT FOR SENIORS LAUNCHED IN LONG-TERM CARE HOMES ACROSS TORONTO
June is Seniors and Pride Month in Toronto
Toronto, ON- Toronto’s Seniors Advocate, Councillor Josh Matlow will be joined by City Officials, General Manager of Seniors Services and Long-Term Care division, Jennifer Dockery, Administrator of Castleview Wychwood Towers Long-Term Care Home, Tim Burns, the President of the Resident’s Council, and Tool Kit working group members today at 2:00pm at Castleview Wychwood Towers Long-Term Care home to launch a revitalized 2SLGBTQI+ Tool Kit for Seniors.
“Our 2SLGBTQI+ Seniors are a vital asset and a key part of what makes this city great. We all benefit from their energy, vibrancy, and lived experience. With the release of this Tool Kit, we are one step closer to realizing the vision of the Toronto Seniors Strategy: a truly age-equitable and inclusive Toronto for all seniors,” said Toronto’s Seniors Advocate, Councillor Josh Matlow.
In 2018, City Council unanimously adopted the Toronto Seniors Strategy Version 2.0 and in doing so, cemented the collective commitment to making Toronto an age-equitable City. Version 2.0 includes 27 new recommendations in the areas of heath, housing, transportation, employment and income, and access to information.
In partnership with 2SLGBTQI+ Seniors, Version 2.0 includes Recommendation 22, which directs City staff to work with the 519, Senior Pride Network, and other community partners to develop a public awareness and education campaign addressing homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia affecting seniors.
The community-engaged revitalization of the 2SLGBTQI+ Tool Kit was undertaken in response to this particular recommendation and was meaningfully co-developed with 2SLGBTQI+ Seniors, advocates, and allies.
“2SLGBTQI+ Seniors experience the harms of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in the spaces where they are living and receiving care. As a working group of 2SLGBTQI+ Seniors and allied service providers, we are delighted to see this Tool Kit come to fruition. We have been working closely with SSLTC since September 2021 to revitalize this resource, and are eager to see it implemented across long-term care homes and seniors services throughout the city. This Tool Kit represents the first of many steps towards a brighter future for our communities,” said the 2SLGBTQI+ Tool Kit Revitalization Working Group. The working group members include PinkAngel, Rick Gourlie, Heather Hay, leZlie lee kam, Shoshana Pellman. Nicole Tanguay, Tom Warner, Mary Beth Wighton Christine Chan, Jo Jefferson, Stephen Low, Ash McGhee, Barbara Michalik, Tanya Neumeyer, Jennifer Johnson, Kathleen McMaster, Mirjana Milojevic, Shaye Thompson.
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, June 23rd 2022 at 2:00pm
LOCATION: Castleview Wychwood Towers Long-Term Care (351 Christie Street)