Spruce Grove GSA, What’s Happening!
The Spruce Grove GSA Society respectfully acknowledges that we are situated in Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.
Our regular GSA meeting place has RETURNED to St Andrews United Church at 1A Fieldstone Drive!
It’s our very first meeting back in our home location since February. We have had a lot of outside meetings! There will be changes and new rules to follow, but it will be warmer, brighter, and safer for everyone over the winter months. We are maintaining all levels of health and safety standards, to ensure we physically distance, hand sanitize and follow mask wearing guidelines.
Health checks, mask use, physical distancing, hand washing, and sanitizing is required to take part in our Spruce Grove GSA meetings. Please help keep our kids and community safe.
FRIDAY October 9th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church.
October 11th National Coming Out Day!
Please only come out when you are ready.
Never let someone push you into coming out.
Coming out is intensely personal and private to each person, how you come out is your choice!
Coming out does not just happen once. It is a process that happens over and over again through your life.
If and when you come out, please do so safely!
Queer History Month
October is Queer History month!!! It’s one of the many times we can take a look back on how far we have come, how much has changed and how far we still have to go.
Much advocacy has been made in these last few years for our LGBTQ2S community. When our advocates are excluded from society, from events and gatherings, or by way of exclusion from imagery or media, we lose our connection to the entire community as a whole.
Ensuring our community has LGBTQ2S representation present by way of queer imagery such as posters, flags, and books, in schools, libraries, communities, and places of business or by having an advocate to speak with. Our youth and adults will feel more comfortable and see representation reflected around them.
Please view this Queer History Timeline that Ash found. You can choose points in our history to see how far we have come, but sadly it isn’t far enough. We have more work to do as we move forward towards our advocacy for equality.
Events & Activities!
Our annual Halloween GSA Party is under one month away!
Halloween is a very special time for our LGBTQ2S community! It’s a time when everyone can dress how they would like, as whoever they like, and there are no questions!
Halloween is one of our favourite holidays!
Friends, I need some help this year.
My kiddo who I started the GSA with, who has been with me every step of the way, will not be able to physically help me this year.
They will be out of commission mid-October until December. I’m hoping they will okay to oversee the party from a chair!
I desperately need a few additional hands to - set up decorations, hand out snacks, organize chaos, plan games, handle the extra PPE/sanitizing, or cleaning afterwards.
Any minor donations of small prepackaged treats would be appreciated!
I am looking for a little bit of help from our community!
Please PRIVATE MESSAGE me if you are available for October 23rd to help out with our community GSA!
Alberta GSA Conference
The annual Alberta GSA Conference is GOING DIGITAL!!!
The resource fair will be running online on zoom and discord from November 11th -15th
Registration for the Alberta GSA Conference should be ready for October 11, 2020!!! Please keep an eye on our social media sites for all the updated information!
Taking Care of You
REMINDER of COVID-19 Protocols for Spruce Grove GSA Society
Although we have taken care to adhere to the guidance of the Government of Alberta, by attending the Spruce Grove GSA you acknowledge that, even with the best precautions in place, it is impossible to guarantee no exposure to COVID-19 whether while traveling between your home and the GSA or within the confines of the Spruce Grove GSA.
Screening for Symptoms:
• Possible symptoms: Fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, painful swallowing, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste, loss of smell, muscle or joint aches, headache, conjunctivitis (eyes appear pink or reddish pink).
Quite often we receive requests for counselling.
Please get in touch with these organizations to check their availability.
If you are looking for more information, please connect with us through email or private message our accounts through social media.
CHEW Project - counselling
CHEW provides frontline support, resources, and education for LGBTQ2S+ youth and young adults (ages 14-29) facing barriers. These barriers may include mental health, violence, poverty, homelessness, substance use, sexual health, sexual exploitation/sex work, and others. We provide a safe place for youth to get basic needs, get off the street, and find hope.
We offer inclusive and confidential STI testing, counselling and crisis intervention, Indigenous peer support, a safe place where youth can access harm reduction and basic needs supplies, and so much more! Come check us out at our downtown office, the OUTpost, or on campus at the University of Alberta.
Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services
Family Resilience Project
Through a partnership with the LGBTQ Wellness Centre, the Family Resilience Project offers free short-term counselling to sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ) children, youth, and families.
The LGBTQ+ Wellness Centre
9117 82 Avenue NW
The Centre aims to provide quality and timely care to the transgender, non-binary and gender diverse persons in northern Alberta. The Centre focuses on crisis support, outreach to individuals seeking healthcare, education opportunities for family doctors and other healthcare providers, as well as engagement with grassroots organization and other professionals who are interested in or are currently providing care.
Pride Centre – counselling
Drop-in Single Session Counselling will be returning to in-person sessions at the Pride Centre
If you have any questions or would like more details on how to access in-person or phone/video counselling please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Community – Help our GSA grow together!
Please help us to stay open and continue to grow by saving your bottles or by making a donation online. We will continue to be a Safe Space where our youth can feel included, respected, and protected.
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. This 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
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.
Free Food in Alberta Directory – Healthy Eating Starts Here
Free Food in Alberta directories list information about where to find free food including food banks, food hampers, and free meals. The information describes programs and provides contact information.
To find programs in your community, look for your zone and find your community’s name and click on it.
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.
Health Information and ToolsRCMP - Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Enoch First Nation (Parkland) Detachment
Call 9-1-1 in emergency situations that require fire, police or ambulance response.
91 Campsite Road, Spruce Grove
Front desk hours (weekdays, excluding statutory holidays): 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Administrative line: 825-220-2000
Complaint line: 825-220-7267
Need to talk? Call! Our peer support hotline is run by and for trans people.
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.
Find us on
Facebook and Instagram
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