Coffee Talk Monday: Forget the Ironing, Put Away the Wash

Monday 14 January | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   
Coffee Talk Monday: Forget the Ironing, Put Away the Wash
at James Bay United Church, Upper Reception, 511 Michigan St.

We had a very interesting discussion this time concerning the intersection of hetero, trans and lesbian worlds.

Friday Night Movie: Concussion

Friday 11 January | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  
Friday Night Movie: Concussion 
at James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies St.

Concussion (2013), written and directed by Stacie Passon, takes a well-worn storyline and makes something unique and fresh out of it.

Concussion“It was a treat watching the film because I actually didn’t know what would happen next. How is that possible with such familiar material? The script is excellent, with some pretty sharp edges, but I credit mostly Robin Weigert, whose portrayal of Abby is one of the best performances of the year.”  – Sheila O’Malley

 

 

Season’s Greetings Potluck Supper and Social

Friday 21 December | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  
 
at James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies St.

Seasons GreetingsHappy Holidays to all you amazing women who popped down the chimney for the Seasons Greetings Potluck and Carol Sing! Absolutely fabulous.

            

Coffee Talk presents our ANNUAL HOLIDAY BRUNCH

Sunday, December 16  
Coffee Talk presents our ANNUAL HOLIDAY BRUNCH
at JJ MORGAN FAMILY RESTAURANT

Christmas comes but once a year, or we might do this twice. A deliciously merry time!          

VIOLA – Your Electronic Newsletter from VLSCS – Pride Edition, Issue 2 May 2006

 

Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society
Box 39022, James Bay Postal Outlet,
Victoria, BC,V8V 4X8
Answering machine: (250) 383-5144 Ext. 3087
email: info@vlscs.ca website: http://vlscs.ca

 

VIOLA – Your Electronic Newsletter from VLSCS – Pride Edition, Issue 2

Victoria Lesbian Senior Care Society has members from ALL age groups who support the work of helping care for senior lesbians. Visit and register with our website at http://vlscs.ca for news and more.

WHO’S WHO ON THE NEW BOARD?

 

Further introductions of the members of the board –this edition it is Sharon King

I was introduced to the VLSCS community years ago while visiting my son who was attending U Vic. I called the number listed in the Pink Pages for the Island and spoke with…. a gal who I had played hockey with at U Western Ontario!!! Small world indeed! The reason I called that number was to connect with women who had a desire to assist the women of our community as they age. And so I met karen Gallagher (my hockey playing buddy’s partner) at least over the phone. I have only lived in Victoria 2 years–I spent all my life in London Ontario.

I went to the university there and taught PE in local high schools. I studied for my masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling and ran my own practice while working for a national Employee Assistance Program. Perhaps not surprisingly, I became ill with chronic fatigue syndrome and I could not work regularly. About this time I published London’s annual Pink Pathways directory and the monthly Pink Paper with the help of my partner. We also organized the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Annual fundraising Golf Tournament for several years. I came to Victoria to reclaim my health—that has been a success!

I have been very fortunate to work with a great group of women on the board and as volunteers over the past 2 years. I hope we can continue to provide activities, events and resources for the senior women of this community.

WHAT WE ARE DOING THESE DAYS?

VLSCS has attempted to create a safe, accessible, and friendly space for lesbians in our area. The James Bay New Horizons Center has become the hub for VLSCS sponsored activities. The center staff and volunteers have continue to be open and welcoming.
With their help we continue to offer a range of activities and events that attract a mix of older and younger women. We are grateful to JBNH for their continued generosity of space and spirit.

VLSCS SPONSORED ACTIVITIES —- See updates of these events on our website www.vlscs.ca.

WEDNESDAY COFFEE DROP IN—- continues to attract a wide variety of women. It is often the venue for new women to meet other lesbians in Victoria. Conversation is unstructured and runs from the serious to sometimes loud and jocular! At $1 drop in fee for the center and free coffee/tea it’s a bargain!

 

FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE — This event began over a year ago. We have hosted more than 100 lesbian movies with the help of many volunteers!!

The format of Friday Nights has evolved . The center is available for us to use for major events such as the READER”S FORUM ( see description below) , for smaller activities like L WORD pizza nights, and first run movies!

SUMMER MOVIES

on Fridays: Brand new releases and some classics make up this summer’s movies. Also some PG rated for whole family!! Check out the date for each movie on the website www.vlscs.ca! Plan to be there for your favourites.

Kicking and Screaming Imagine You and Me

Better than Chocolate Mulholland Dr.

High Tension Bend It Like Beckham

The Truth About Jane Pretty Persuasion

High Art Producing Adults

The Dreamers A Family Affair

Monster

Rhonda our movie host for the past several months has provided door prizes from the following :

Red Cedar Moon Farms – Brentwood BAy 652-2088
– Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa – 544-2079
– Blue Coyote – Brentwood Bay Pub and Restaurant
– Quattro Staggione – Brentwood Bay Healthfood Restaurant-652-1228
– Breadstuffs Bakery – Brentwood Bay-652-5162
– Thunderbird Insurance Victoria – Trish contact.

VLSCS thanks them and asks that you support these businesses

 

To host a Friday event go to http://www.vlscs.ca and click Forums, and Friday Volunteer Information for hosting instructions.

55 PLUS GROUP

— continues to offer our more senior women a chance to meet and socialize. While the younger women are always welcome to join our activities ( and many do!) the choice of events may be somewhat quieter and earlier.

Our Pride event this year — breakfast at Swans Hotel will still give us time to attend the Drag Ball Game in the afternoon.

THE GALA — Our social highlight for many years . This year the Gala will be at the Delta Ocean Pointe in mid-October 2006.

This dance brings VLSCS and the lesbian community into the focus of the wider community in Victoria. Major events like these need lots of volunteers to make them a success. Go to http://vlscs.ca and click on Forums, to find your opportunity to volunteer.

 

 

HEALTH FUND

— The Health Fund provides reimbursement to VLSCS members who live in Greater Victoria and the lower Gulf Islands, for the cost of products and services and for health related concerns not subsidized by other resources.

This fund has been provided for members to use at your time of need. We often hear women say that you should not take this money from others who deserve it more! Please consider that you can re-pay the fund through donation when your need is over and you are able to finance your own treatment needs.

ON-GOING POLITICAL ACTION

VLSCS has been invited to speak at the Gerontological Nurses Group of British Columbia

, Victoria Chapter meeting in November 2006. Our topic will reflect the important role health care providers can play in supporting diversity among older people, with emphasis on the issues related to heterosexism.

HOUSING
We often hear of vacancies in a building where a lesbian lives. Notices of this nature can be posted on our web site www.vlscs.ca and click on Housing so that other lesbians may apply.

LESBIAN READERS THEATER

On March 10, 2006 VLSCS sponsored this highly successful event at James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies, Victoria—-84 woman attended!!! VLSCS provided wine and snacks before the performance.

The readers gave accounts of lesbian disclosure. They read women’s accounts of their challenging and affirming explorations of what it is like to stand under the sign of lesbian . It brought to life this time of their lives with humor and sensitivity.

POLITICAL ACTION/EDUCATION DISCUSSION

On Sunday April 9 from 1pm to 4pm at James Bay New Horizons the Poster Project explored how to create openness and acceptance of lesbian and gay people in senior residences, agencies and institutions .

Members of vlscs discussed political action that will contribute to creating safe space for non- heterosexual people (lesbian, queer, gay people ) in our health care system and with our social agencies amid the climate of heterosexism.

One of the outcomes of the VLSCS Inclusion Project, completed in 2003, was the suggestion that lesbian women would like to see more representations of their own ‘realities’ reflected to them in health care agencies and seniors services. Posters depicting welcoming space have been made VLSCS. A project is beginning to distribute these posters along with some information about heterosexism and how to create welcoming space for lesbian – gay – queer people.

We hope that this will be the first of other projects addressing needs for social action in our community

Watch our website at http://www.vlscs.ca for more information on these ongoing discussions

ARTICLE ABOUT VLSCS INCLUSION PROJECT in BC magazine

A SHARED CONCERN

is a newsletter published quarterly by BC Coalition to Eliminate Abuse of Seniors. Gillean, who recently has agreed to become a member of the VLSCS board, serves as an editor to this magazine. Gillean is a published author of novels and poetry and she has contributed the article about VLSCS and our Inclusion Project to the Spring 2006 BC CEAS edition.

She says, in part , that VLSCS is ” in the midst of designing a pamphlet to educate public caregivers about how even the language of surveys and agency training/policies can exclude older lesbians from feeling free to discuss their sexual orientationor social,physical and health-related needs.”

“The work of VLSCS is crucial:outreach, education workshops to service providers, networking with senior-serving agencies and organizations, advertising VLSCS and getting it on mailing lists of other agencies.”

You can see our VLSCS Inclusion poster on the cover and read the entire article at http://www.bcceas.ca/news.shtml



CHARITABLE STATUS

Since our purpose and focus have been shifting, we will be lobbying again for a change in our charitable status so that we will have the ability to issue tax receipts. A status change will assist us with fund-raising for the many short term and longer term projects in which we are currently involved.

Please contact us if you can assist us in this endeavour through our website at http://www.vlscs.ca

EXCITING NEW INITIATIVES!

GBLTQ OUTREACH WINE AND CHEESE

VLSCS will sponsor a gathering of GBLTQ GROUPS and support agencies on Sept 22 at James Bay New Horizons. This “get to know you” event will ensure that we all know each other’s goals. It may also give us an opportunity to join forces to increase our political action potential.

LENDING LIBRARY

The portable library at JBNH is ready to go. Mara has volunteered to keep track of our growing number of books. VLSCS would like to thank the women who have donated many new novels and reference materials to the library.

Members of VLSCS will be able to borrow books from the cart on Wed Coffee and Fri event nights.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

To Join or Renew Your Membership Today! Get the printable membership form here: http://www.vlscs.ca/modules.php?name=Membership

 

We have digitized the members lists so that the members can be notified about upcoming events, special sales opportunities or when their membership is up for renewal.

Email newsletters will be published regularly and sent to members .

We have the processes to service a greater number of members efficiently, so we can expand our member rolls. See the website http://www.vlscs.ca for membership information.

AGM

—- the annual general meeting will be on Sunday Aug 27—details of location and time will be posted on our website

NEWSLETTERS

This is the a special version of VIOLA – July 2006 for the 55 plus group

If you would like to be sent an occasional electronic newsletter contact newsletter@vlscs.ca

If you would rather receive a hard copy of the newsletter, via regular post, contact VLSCS on our website http://www.vlscs.ca and click CONTACT at the top of the page. Don’t forget to provide your full mailing address.

Thank You for your time,

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VIOLA – Your Electronic Newsletter from VLSCS – March 2, 2006, Issue 1

 

Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society
Box 39022, James Bay Postal Outlet,
Victoria, BC,V8V 4X8
Answering machine: (250) 383-5144 Ext. 3087
email: info@vlscs.ca website: http://vlscs.ca

 

VIOLA – Your Electronic Newsletter from VLSCS – March 2, 2006, Issue 1

Victoria Lesbian Senior Care Society has members from ALL age groups who support the work of helping care for senior lesbians. Visit and register with our website at http://vlscs.ca for news and more.

Very Exciting Upcoming Event – Lesbian Readers Performance – Friday, March 10th, 7:30 pm, James Bay New Horizon Center. See below for more details.

WHO?S WHO ON THE NEW BOARD?

It is the intention of this board to introduce to you members in each issue. This issue we would like you to meet our chair Patti Parkyn:

I was first introduced to VLSCS by attending a Gala dance in 2003, and haven?t looked back. Serving on the Board has been a wonderful opportunity for me to blend my personal and professional lives in a way that supports other woman. Professionally, I have been a Registered Nurse in the field of Gerontology (older adults) since 1987. Working as a manager, an educator, a clinician, and a consultant in both the hospital and community settings, I have come to realize the “absence” of the lesbian voice in our older population. I am proud to be out at work, and use my daily interaction with people and peers as a way to acknowledge lesbian issues in the health care system. I would like to acknowledge and thank the many volunteers both on the Board and in the community who help VLSCS to grow and strengthen. This is a very exciting time in the life of this organization and I am so blessed to be a part of it!

WHAT WE ARE DOING THESE DAYS

VLSCS has attempted to create a safe, accessible, and friendly space for lesbians in our area. The James Bay New Horizons Center has become the hub for VLSCS sponsored activities. The center staff and volunteers have become open and welcoming. The staff even helped board members to meet the future PM’s wife at a campaign stop at JBNH (James Bay New Horizons) ? an educational experience for Mrs. Harper I am sure!
With their help we continue to offer a range of activities and events that attract a mix of older and younger women. We are grateful to JBNH for their generosity of space and spirit.

VLSCS SPONSORED ACTIVITIES (begun in 2004 and ongoing) See updates on our website.

WEDNESDAY COFFEE DROP IN—-attracts a wide variety of women and often is the venue for new women to meet other lesbians in Victoria. Conversation is unstructured and runs from the serious to sometimes loud and jocular! At $1 drop in fee for the center and free coffee/tea it’s a bargain!

FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE — This event began over a year ago. We have hosted more than 100 lesbian movies with the help of many volunteers!!

The format of Friday Nights is evolving. It may be a double feature and a pizza night, games night, or perhaps a special event. Continued use of JBNH on Fridays will give other interests a chance to be heard.
To host a Friday event go to http://www.vlscs.ca and click Forums, and Friday Volunteer Information for hosting instructions.

55 PLUS GROUP — met on Tuesdays at JBNH long enough to figure out that many of these women are still working, so events would have to be after work hours. They do their planning in the virtual world of emails and the internet.
Two potlucks have been great successes and more are planned. The group also spent an afternoon learning acupressure techniques with Bonnie Hardy and planned their financial futures with Tanya Anderson .
More informational events such emergency/survival planning are in the works.

THE GALA — The gala has been a social highlight for many years and will continue to be in the future. This dance brings VLSCS and the lesbian community into the focus of the wider community in Victoria. Major events like these need lots of volunteers to make them a success. Go to http://vlscs.ca and click on Forums, to find your opportunity to volunteer.

HEALTH FUND — The Health Fund provides reimbursement to VLSCS members who live in Greater Victoria and the lower Gulf Islands, for the cost of products and services and for health related concerns not subsidized by other resources.For example:
It is 2pm in the afternoon and you just got home from a Doctors appointment having heard there is nothing, other than surgery that can be done to stop the urinary dribbling you have been experiencing over the past 6 months. Unfortunately, feminine hygiene products just don’t keep you dry enough, and yet that is all you can afford. It has gotten so bad that you hesitate to leave the house for fear of the odor and constant need to be close to a washroom. You would love to go to the next LOVI dog walk or WCN dance but you are just far too embarrassed. Somewhat discouraged you mention this problem to a very close girlfriend who asks you if you have heard of the VLSCS Health Fund. She continues to tell you that, as a member of VLSCS you could potentially qualify for reimbursement for incontinent products and in fact, incontinent products are one of many items and services that are considered. With new found hope you log onto http://www.vlscs.ca and find out more information about the Health Fund.

ON-GOING POLITICAL ACTION

HOUSING has been a concern of VLSCS and the aging lesbians in our community. Recently there has been an attempt to examine the existing facilities and support available for lesbians in the community at large. It has been noted that the staff of some facilities are aware that lesbians have differing needs and, indeed, many of the staff members are lesbians or gay men. The difficulty seems to be that staff and clients are not encouraged to come out and so cannot say what would make them comfortable.
More needs to be done in this area.
Also, we often hear of vacancies in a building where a lesbian lives. Notices of this nature can be posted on our web site www.vlscs.ca and click on Housing so that other lesbians may apply.

Perhaps our political will could convince powers that be!? If this interests you attend the Political Action/Education Discussion (see below) or go to http://www.vlscs.ca, click on Forums, and click on Political Action Projects.

POLITICAL ACTION/EDUCATION DISCUSSION

The Poster Project will be an afternoon devoted to exploring how to create openness and acceptance of lesbian and gay people in senior residences, agencies and institutions .
Join us on Sunday April 9 from 1pm to 4pm at James Bay New Horizons .
Watch our website at http://www.vlscs.ca for more information

CHARITABLE STATUS

Since our purpose and focus have been shifting, we will be lobbying again for a change in our charitable status so that we will have the ability to issue tax receipts. A status change will assist us with fund-raising for the many short term and longer term projects in which we are currently involved. We would appreciate the help of any woman to assist us in this endeavour. Please contact us through our website at http://www.vlscs.ca

 

EXCITING NEW INITIATIVES!

LESBIAN READERS THEATER — FRIDAY MARCH 10TH

VLSCS will sponsor this event at James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies, Victoria

Doors open at 7:30pm Performance begins at 8pm

This performance of accounts of lesbian disclosure ~ challenging and affirming what it is to stand ?under the sign of lesbian? ~ brings to life this particular constructed category of orientation with humor and sensitivity.

A Discussion will follow

Cash Bar and snacks available

Admission by donation to VLSCS

Bring yourselves, your friends?anyone wanting to explore what it is to say “I am a lesbian”

LENDING LIBRARY
We expect to have a portable library at JBNH soon. Members of VLSCS will be able to borrow books from the cart on Wed Coffee and Fri event nights. Books will be non-fiction in nature.
Some lesbian novels and DVDs may possibly be added to the mix.

GBLT OUTREACH
VLSCS will sponsor a gathering of GBLT and support groups prior to Pride Week. This “get to know you” event will ensure that we all know each other’s goals. It may also give us an opportunity to join forces to increase our political action potential.

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
Join or Renew Your Membership Today! Get the printable membership form here: http://www.vlscs.ca/modules.php?name=Membership

We are in the process of digitizing the members lists with the hope the members can be notified about upcoming events, special sales opportunities or when their membership is up for renewal. We also hope that email newsletters will be published regularly. When we have the processes to service a greater number of members efficiently, we can expand our member rolls. See the website http://www.vlscs.ca for a membership information.

NEWSLETTERS

This is the electronic version of VIOLA – delivered to your email address you registered with VLSCS. (You’re reading it now.)
If you would rather not be sent this occasional electronic newsletter reply to newsletter@vlscs.ca with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject.

Printable versions of our Newsletter are available shortly after the electronic version is sent out. Go to: http://www.vlscs.ca and click the Newsletter link. Feel free to print and share the newsletter with other women who have no access to the internet.

If you would rather receive a hard copy of the newsletter, via regular post, contact VLSCS on our website http://www.vlscs.ca and click CONTACT at the top of the page. Don’t forget to provide your full mailing address.

Hard Copy versions may be available at outlets around Victoria.

 

Thank You for your time,
The VLSCS Board

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