2018: Looking Back

It’s that time of the year when we reflect on what happened in the past twelve months and wonder what lies ahead. Two major events in the world of Toronto Pflag come to mind:

Confirming that our Scarborough Support Meeting Pilot was a go and officially adding it to our menu of support groups (we now have three monthly meetings)

Flexing our advocacy muscles by joining with Pflag York Region and Pflag Canada/Ontario to conduct the “Have Your Say” survey and submit a paper to the Province’s consultation on Health and Sex Ed. (See wonderful coverage here.)

In 2018 we thanked our volunteers and donors with a fun night at Glad Day Bookstore that included a video featuring various people we have helped. Together they describe what we do and how we help. There was not a dry eye in the bookstore.

Late in the year we spent a considerable amount of time examining our goals for the future and what we need to do to get there. Broadly, our strategic goals fall into three baskets:

  • Broadening our reach (geographically, technically, and socially)

  • Raising our profile in the general (vs LGBTQ2S) community, and

  • Strengthening our internal processes, services and structures

We found renewed motivation and determination to move forward as we continue to offer the services we have since the early 70s - updated for modern times. We invite you to stay informed about our journey to help keep families with LGBTQ members (sometimes siblings come) together through support and education.

All the best to you and your family for 2019 and please stay in touch.

— Anne Creighton, President