April 2020 Spruce Grove GSA Update!
The Spruce Grove GSA Society respectfully acknowledges that we are situated in Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.
I’m reaching out to share a bunch of stuff and to connect with you again!
I know a few of you have connected with me individually since the last GSA, FYI… I LOVE chatting with you and I love getting your messages and texts!!! I MISS YOU ALL!!! I really miss trying to get your attention in the GSA so I can get two words in between your excited talking!
A few of you have brought up the idea of an online GSA. Also a couple of you have brought up some safety concerns. Could you all please email and message me with your thoughts on how, and if you would like to proceed. It looks like our IRL hugs at GSA will still be a few months away. (((hugs)))
The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus performed the LGBTQ anthems "True Colours" and "Brave,"
To thank health care workers, first responders, and essential workers on the front lines, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus performed a collaboration of the LGBTQ anthems "True Colors" and "Brave," from Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles.
"Truly Brave" features the 150-member chorus in a virtual performance. Lauper and Bareilles first performed their songs together as “Truly Brave” in 2014 for a fundraiser for pediatric cancer.
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus was founded in 1978 they believe in the transformative power of music to heal, to enlighten and to foster unity.
Interactive Links Online
I mentioned before that I would be throwing together a ton of links for you to check out. Please pop over to our Spruce Grove GSA website!
Under the folder Interactive Links Online you will find Live Animal Cams, Disney Cams, Rollercoasters and more (check in travel the world)! Find online games and learn to cook, check out Mars and NASA. There are free yoga and fitness classes, also some very cool paid classes you can sign up for! Check out all the books, science experiments, and the resources!
Please email me with suggestions and any local additions you would like added! If you know of any clubs that have taken classes online, please let me know!
13 Queer Musicians on What They’re Listening to in Quarantine
Music! Last time we were together, I asked you all to update our Pride playlist! Here’s a few artists to check out, and you can send some more suggestions my way! Scroll to the bottom of the article for the playlist by the musicians.
CMHA Youth Smart – Tips for Helping Children and Youth Cope Through the Covid-19 Pandemic
As COVID-19 continues to escalate in Canada, children and youth are likely starting to ask some difficult questions. With school closures and major changes in daily routines, parents and guardians are working hard to care for both the physical and mental health of the children they love. Young people often respond to big life changes and world events based on the reactions of the adults around them. As such, it is key for those adults to approach COVID-19 with a reassuring sense of calm.
Here are some helpful tips for emotionally supporting children and youth through the ongoing pandemic:
Our Community – Help our GSA grow together!
Please help us continue to grow!
Even though we are temporarily closed, we are still paying our insurance. We are still doing research and helping folks online. We are still reaching out to youth and adults in our community. Please help to stay open and continue to grow by saving your bottles or by making a donation online. We will re-open, and we will continue to be a Safe Space where our youth can feel included, respected, and protected.
Are you able to help set up a fundraising committee?
How can you contribute?
Our community is filled with folks with amazing people that care about youth and their surroundings. Our GSA is a Community GSA, help us grow together!
Some of the ways you can fabulous:
Monetary donations, click on the donate button on our website, spend time with us at different events, parades or resource fairs)
Contributions of any size will be used to support youth through the purchase of materials that will be used at our meetings, as well as to fund excursions to special events within the community. They will also support the GSA as a whole by helping us with operational expenses.
We are a 100% volunteer-run organization; all funds will go to ensuring we can continue to offer services to youth.
Please Donate your bottles to the Spruce Grove GSA Society! We will gladly arrange to pick up bottles once a month. This will greatly help out with our fundraising goals! Thank you to the folks who are currently donating to our GSA!
Important Phone Numbers
780-962-2222 Spruce Grove 24 hours
780-968-7267 Stony Plain 24 hours
Kids Help Phone
Text CONNECT 686868
24-hour, anonymous phone counseling for children and youth, 100% confidential
they do not trace calls, they do not have call display, you do not have to tell them your name. You can
connect by phone or mobile app, or through the website.
Need to talk? Call! Our peer support hotline is run by and for trans people.
Canadian Mental Health Association-Edmonton
24 hour distress line
Resources for Albertans daily needs.
When you see someone in distress, you can help before police or emergency services are needed by calling 211 and pressing 3 to dispatch the 24/7 Crisis Diversion Team.
Health Information and Tools
Spruce Grove GSA Website
On our website you can find all of our information such as dates of our GSA, tips on Safe Spaces, health, recognizing abuse and Resources.