OSPN WAGE Project

The focus of the WAGE project is to revisit OSPN’s Vision, Mission, and Values; examine the Key Directions that emerged from the Community Cafe on February 3, 2024; draft Strategic Objectives; and concentrate on the organizational structure and governance of OSPN. The acronym “WAGE” in the project’s name represents the project’s funder: Women and Gender Equality Canada. Join us to shape OSPN’s future!

Shaping OSPN's Future

Shaping OSPN’s Future: Your Input Needed!

 

Hello OSPN Community,

The WAGE committee is excited to involve you in shaping OSPN’s future through a strategic planning process!

 

What We’ve Done:

  • February 3rd: We held a Community Cafe to discuss the future of OSPN.
  • March 2nd & 13th: Our committee reviewed OSPN’s mission and vision, brainstorming new versions that reflect our growing community. We’ll continue this process on March 28th.

 

Get Involved!

Help us develop the OSPN Strategic Plan to guide our direction and goals.

 

Here’s How:

 

Step 1: Review & Provide Feedback (One Week for Each Topic):

We’ll share key documents like the Vision & Mission Statements or Core Values on OSPN’s website for your feedback. You can:

  • Review the document.
  • Consider if it reflects your vision for OSPN.
  • Suggest improvements or additional points.
  • You can provide your feedback/ideas by emailing them to ospncommunitycafe@gmail.com

 

Step 2: Think Tank Discussion (In-Person Meeting):

Following the online feedback period, we’ll hold an in-person “think tank” meeting for each topic. Here’s what to expect:

  • A consultant will present a revised document based on your online feedback.
  • Open discussion for sharing thoughts and ideas.
  • As a group, we will suggest further refinements.

 

Step 3: Final Touches & Approval:

The consultant will finalize the document based on all input. The recommended version will be presented to a WAGE Steering Committee for approval. Once approved, the final version will be posted on OSPN’s website.

 

Key Dates (The Steps Above Repeat for Each Topic):

 

Stay Informed and Join Us!

We’ll keep you updated through the OSPN newsletter and website. Want to participate in in-person Think Tanks?  Want to review and provide feedback on OSPN’s Vision, Mission and Values (coming soon below). Email us at ospncommunitycafe@gmail.com, or you can provide your feedback at the next in-person Think Tank meeting scheduled for March 28th at 1pm at MAX Ottawa, 400 rue, Cooper St, Suite 9004.

We appreciate your contribution! Together, we can build a strong and vibrant future for OSPN.
Warmly, The WAGE Committee

Mission, Vision and Values

Mission, Vision and Values

 

Vision:

OSPN envisions a world where senior 2SLGBTQI+ people are celebrated for our unique identities, actively included in our communities, and empowered to enrich our society with our experiences, diversity, and joy.

 

Mission:

OSPN is dedicated to building a strong and supportive community for 2SLGBTQI+ seniors, elders, and older adults, alongside our allies.

We strive to achieve this by:

  • Fostering a close-knit and visible network that creates a safe space where 2SLGBTQI+ older adults can connect, support one another, and celebrate our identities.
  • Ensuring equitable access: Advocate for and facilitate access to essential services and support within homes and communities, respecting the diverse 2SLGBTQI+ realities.

 

Core Values:

  1. Human Rights and Safety: OSPN champions human rights, promotes social justice and inclusion, and advocates for the safety and well-being of 2SLGBTQI+ older adults.
  2. Empowerment and Resilience: We recognize the inherent strengths and resilience of 2SLGBTQI+ seniors, elders, and older adults. Our programs and services aim to empower us to manage our well-being proactively and promote our autonomy.
  3. Diversity and Inclusion: We celebrate the rich tapestry of identities within the 2SLGBTQI+ aging population. OSPN strives to create inclusive spaces that address these complexities.
  4. Collaboration and Respect: We believe in achieving our goals through respectful collaboration with allies, stakeholders, and the broader community.
  5. Privacy: OSPN respects the right to privacy of all members. We support our choices regarding disclosing our sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

How We Work Together

How We Work Together at Ottawa Senior Pride Network

 

Welcome to an inclusive and welcoming space! This guide helps us all work together effectively and respectfully. Here’s what matters most:

  • Respect and Dignity: Everyone deserves to be treated respectfully, even when we disagree.
  • Active Listening: Pay close attention to others and avoid interrupting. We all have valuable contributions.
  • Open-Mindedness: Embrace the diversity of experience and perspectives within our group.
  • Confidentiality: Maintain privacy by keeping committee discussions confidential.
  • Punctuality: Respect everyone’s time by being on time for meetings.
  • Considerate Interactions: We promote kindness and inclusivity. Everyone is welcome here!
  • Sharing the Floor: Allow everyone to contribute to meetings and discussions.
  • Shared Responsibility: We are all responsible for creating a positive and productive environment.
  • Flexibility and Adaptation: Be willing to adjust to different communication styles and approaches.

 

Open Communication:

If something feels wrong, don’t hesitate to speak up! Address concerns directly but politely. If something is unclear, ask for clarification. We can work together to resolve any issues.

 

Focus on:

  • Clear and Respectful Communication: Expressing ourselves thoughtfully and actively listening to different perspectives fosters understanding.
  • Constructive Conversations: Engaging in discussions that build understanding and solutions, even with disagreements.

With these guiding principles as our foundation, we can continue creating a thriving and supportive OSPN.

OSPN’s Four Key Directions

OSPN’s Four Key Directions

 

OSPN recently held a Community Cafe on February 3rd, 2024. The Cafe fostered discussions around four key questions about OSPN’s future. This document summarizes the key themes that emerged from those discussions, outlining the four main directions that will guide the development of OSPN’s strategic objectives.

 

1. Building a Strong Foundation: Many emphasized the need for a clear mission, defined goals, and creating a formal governance structure and a roadmap for achieving them. Ideas included establishing committees, diversifying leadership with clearly defined roles, improving communication channels, having a queer senior dedicated open space, and hiring staff.

 

2. Fostering a Welcoming and Inclusive Community: The importance of expanding social activities catering to diverse interests and abilities to promote support and accessibility for queer seniors was strongly voiced. Also, needing to nurture connections and partnerships within our queer community of all ages to assist in achieving our goals. Addressing the specific needs of older marginalized groups, like BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) seniors, transgender and non-binary individuals, and also our members who have limited financial resources was also a key concern.

 

3. Amplifying Advocacy for Queer Seniors’ Rights: There was a strong call to strengthen advocacy efforts on senior care issues, influence policy, and raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by our community in housing, health care and senior community support services. Increasing online presence and combating misinformation were also highlighted.

 

4. Providing Essential Resources: Access to a centralized online resource hub for housing, healthcare, legal support, and other relevant topics was a major request. Additionally, technology training and support, along with advocating for affordable housing and accessible health care specific to queer seniors, were seen as crucial priorities.

OSPN's Four Strategic Objectives (DRAFT)

OSPN’s Four Strategic Objectives (DRAFT) 

 

Based on the February 3rd Community Cafe discussions and the Key Focus Directions, we’ve developed four strategic objectives to guide OSPN’s future. Through Cafe’s participant responses to the four guiding questions (see the list of the four questions below the objectives), we identified priorities in the following:

  • building a strong foundation,
  • fostering a welcoming and inclusive community,
  • amplifying advocacy for queer senior/older adults’ rights and
  • providing essential resources.

Here are the draft objectives:

 

1. Building a Strong Foundation and Sustainability:

  • Objective 1.1: Define a clear mandate and vision, aligning goals with community needs and developing a roadmap for achieving them (Q3, Q4).
  • Objective 1.2: Implement a formal structure with defined roles, committees, and leadership positions (Q3, Q4).
  • Objective 1.3: Improve communication channels and establish a central point of contact for information and inquiries (Q3, Q4).
  • Objective 1.4: Expand volunteer engagement by addressing burnout, utilizing skills inventories, and building intergenerational partnerships (Q3, Q4).
  • Objective 1.5: Explore diverse funding opportunities through grants, fundraising, and potential corporate structure channels (Q2, Q3, Q4).

 

2. Fostering a Welcoming and Inclusive Community:

  • Objective 2.1: Expand and diversify social activities and events to cater to various interests and abilities (Q1, Q2).
  • Objective 2.2: Promote inclusivity and accessibility for all 2SLGBTQI+ seniors, regardless of identity, background, or age (Q1, Q2).
  • Objective 2.3: Address the specific needs of marginalized communities like BIPOC seniors, transgender individuals, and nonbinary individuals (Q2, Q3).
  • Objective 2.4: Foster intergenerational connections and knowledge sharing between younger and older queer populations (Q1, Q3).

 

3. Amplifying Advocacy for Queer Seniors’ Rights: 

  • Objective 3.1: Strengthen advocacy efforts on queer rights and senior care issues, influencing policy and raising awareness (Q1, Q2).
  • Objective 3.2: Increase online presence and visibility through OSPN’s website and active social media engagement (Q1, Q4).
  • Objective 3.3: Combat misinformation and educate the broader community about issues and experiences of senior and older 2SLGBTQI+ individuals (Q2, Q3).

 

4. Providing Essential Resources: 

  • Objective 4.1: Develop a centralized online repository of resources for housing, healthcare, legal support, and other relevant topics (Q2, Q4).
  • Objective 4.2: Offer technology training and support to help seniors/older adults navigate online resources safely and effectively (Q2, Q4).
  • Objective 4.3: Advocate for affordable housing options and accessible healthcare services specifically for queer seniors/older adults (Q2, Q4).
  • Objective 4.4: Expand outreach to rural and underserved communities, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility of resources and activities (Q3, Q4).

 

List of the Four Community Café Questions:

 

Q1: What do you value most about the work that OSPN has done?

 

Q2: Do you think there are needs within our community that are not being addressed?

 

Q3: How can OSPN evolve in its structure and organization in order to better respond to opportunities for our diverse community?

 

Q4: What are the challenges that OSPN faces that could disrupt our future work? And how could we handle them?