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Positive Space Champion Training

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AJ Tyler HR Training Room B

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Our Positive Space Program is a proposed action item within the Corporation’s 2014 Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Plan. It is a best practice of employers committed to providing a supportive, welcoming and inclusive work place. The Program was developed by PRISM, the Corporation’s Employee Resource Group for LGBT+ employees and allies, whose focus is “Supporting our LGBT+ employees to bring their whole selves to work”. The Program creates a network of trained allies throughout our organization called Positive Space Champions, to support employees who may be:

  • questioning their sexual orientation
  • considering “coming out”
  • “out” and experiencing difficulties
  • considering or in the process of confirming their gender identity
  • supporting family members or friends who reflect the above descriptions
  • wishing to seek out information about the LGBT+ community, issues and resources

Prior to the training date, please watch the video “Love Is All You Need?” and be prepared to discuss your reactions during the training. This 20 minute feature film quality video depicts a society where heterosexuality is the minority and straight people experience the marginalization and harassment that LGBT+ people often experience. The film is done in a very realistic manner and includes some very intense and graphic scenes, which some people may find difficult to view. What is portrayed is based on real experiences and we are hopeful you will honour this with your viewing. If you have questions or concerns about the content before viewing, please contact Aidan Prince.


The training agenda is below. The half-day session is very full, so please arrive ready to learn for the start time.

  • ground rules for a safe learning environment
  • reinforcement of the organization’s rationale for the Positive Space Program
  • review of the Champion role
  • debrief of pre-requisite video
  • LGBT 101 E-learning:
  • Canadian LGBT historical milestones
  • terminology
  • correct uses of language
  • exploration of sexual orientation/gender expression/gender identity
  • workplace scenarios and how to respond
  • Gender Unicorn exercise to reinforce learning regarding sexual orientation/gender expression/gender identity
  • videos: “Why Pronouns Matter For Trans People”, “What It’s Like To Be Intersex” and discussion
  • scenarios: small and large group discussion with scenarios suited to participant’s work environments
  • Tool Kit: review information and resources available to Champions
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