Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Stampede will go on! And so will "Condom on Your Cowboy" campaign!

The Stampede will go on! And so will the annual "Put a Condom on Your Cowboy" campaign!

We are proud to be working with our partners at the Calgary Coalition on HIV/AIDS (CCHA) again this year to help cowboys and cowgirls in our city to Stampede safe!

Watch for these posters going up around the city again as we gear up for Stampede. Let us know if you'd like some, or if you want to help with poster distribution.

Along with our partners at CCHA, we'll also be handing out "Love Kit" condom packs during Stampede weekends. (July 5/6 and July 12/13)

We're looking for volunteers to join us for distributing these condom packs at various locations around the city. If you're interested in throwing on a cowboy hat and promoting condom use to stampede go-ers, please e-mail Emily at for more info.

Happy Stampede everyone! We hope you can all get out there and enjoy this AMAZING city!




Friday, June 21, 2013

Calgary GSA Network: Summer Break from Roundtable Meetings

With the end of the school year, the Calgary Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Network will be taking a break from Roundtable Meetings over the summer.

Finding Support Over the Summer
Our last meeting before the summer break had been scheduled for June 20th, but given the extreme flooding emergencies in Calgary and area we decided to cancel the meeting. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience!

This meeting was going to be our "Summer Send-Off" meeting, with information and resources for finding community and things to do during the summer months outside of your schools. We encourage you to please continue to connect with us with any questions and we can point you to resources in the city.

Contact our team member Nick Moore at:

Other resources to check out:

We will be in touch regarding the next meeting later this summer in preparation for Pride and getting ramped up for the next school year.

Looking Back at a Great Year
In the meantime, we want to thank everyone for a great school year with the Calgary GSA Network!
We marked our one year anniversary and in that time our network has really grown! Check this previous post for our look back at the first year of the GSA network.
And here's some things from the year that a few of our GSA members wanted to share:
The Bowness GSA held a Popcorn Sale on Apr 17th, and it was a huge success! "It was both beneficial for the group members to show their GSA pride, and for Camp fYerfly to put that money to a great cause," said a student with the Bowness GSA. 
On April 18 and 19, West Island College held a two day event called "Be The Change". The first day consisted of promoting awareness and rights through silence, with 120 individuals taking part in being silent for a cause that they felt passionate for. Most participants were silent for LBGT rights and equality in general.

On the 19th we ended the silence as a school - we choose to celebrate and honour our differences, rather than letting them divide us.

Overall it was a highly successful event, which addressed issues and causes that many were not familiar with. Teachers had a very positive outlook on the event, which resulted in many students participating.

Although Common ground is a small group, we were able to put together a school wide event that celebrated and raised awareness for many minorities, in particular the LBGT community.

Sir Winston Churchill's GSA held thrift sales, bake sales and other activities - and donated $160 to CSHC! Thank you!!
Congratulations to all our GSA Network friends on a great year! Have a wonderful summer!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

An Evening with Internationally Renowed Speaker: Dr. Shirley Steinberg

Please join us for an evening with internationally renowned speaker and teacher, Dr. Shirley Steinberg.

Dr. Steinberg is the Director and Chair of The Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership in Education, and a Professor of Youth Studies at the University of Calgary. She is the author and editor of many books in critical pedagogy, urban and youth culture, and cultural studies.

Dr. Steinberg’s work focuses on the cultural/social/educational development of youth. She is concerned with how society views young people, and her work creates an environment in which youth are viewed as positive democratic agents within society. The co-founder of the Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy, she is the organizer of The Critical Pedagogical Congress.

She is committed to a global community of transformative educators and community workers engaged in radical love, social justice, and the situating of power within social and cultural contexts.

Dr. Steinberg's keynote address will follow our brief Annual General Meeting. Come celebrate a year of great successes, new initiatives, and community impact.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Venue 1008 (located at 1008 – 14 Street SE)

6:00 pm Reception

6:30 pm Annual General Meeting

7:00 pm Guest Speaker - Dr. Shirley Steinberg

Guests will enjoy substantial appetizers and refreshments. This is a free event - please RSVP as below.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 12
at or call 403-283-5580 ext: 316