2019 Community Feature: Alt Hotel Winnipeg

Alt Hotel Winnipeg is proud to once again be an official sponsor of the Winnipeg Pride Festival.

Alt Hotel Winnipeg is our city’s unmissable new destination for business and leisure travelers. Located at the corner of Portage Avenue and Donald Street, Alt Hotel Winnipeg is right across the street from BELL MTS Place, within walking distance of the Winnipeg RBC Convention Centre and the city’s best attractions, including the Esplanade Riel Bridge, the Forks, the Exchange District and the magnificent Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Alt Hotel Winnipeg is quickly becoming recognized by Winnipeggers and visitors for our ultra-chic, no frills concept, beautiful design and friendly staff, committed to providing each of our guests with a great stay.

We have a diverse team working at the Alt Hotel, some of whom are proud members of the LGBTTQ*community. The team at Alt Hotel Winnipeg places a high priority on the values of respect, inclusiveness and giving back to community and we look forward to our ongoing partnership with Pride Winnipeg.

Laurie Barkman, General Manager on behalf of the entire team at Alt Hotel Winnipeg

2019 Community Feature: PRISM

PRISM is an innovative mentoring program through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg, designed specifically for the LGBTTQ2IA* community.

The first of its kind in Manitoba, the PRISM program matches children and youth who identify as LGBTTQ2IA* with an adult mentor who also identifies as LGBTTQ2IA* for a one on one mentoring relationship. Through regular outings, the match will foster a friendship that is supportive, empowering and fun!

The PRISM program requires volunteers to commit to one outing per week, for a couple of hours. Mentors and mentees are asked to commit for a minimum of one year.

The purpose of a PRISM match is to:

• Provide role models for LGBTTQ2IA* children and youth
• Foster pride and self-confidence
• Create inter-generational connections within Winnipeg’s LGBTTQ2IA* community
• Offer LGBTTQ2IA* children and youth a safe adult mentor to  discuss identity with
• and above all, have fun!

Children and youth interested in being matched with a mentor must:

• Self identify as LGBTTQ2IA*
• 
Be between 9 and 17 years old
• Want a mentor who identifies as LGBTTQ2IA*

The LGBTTQ2IA* community has a rich legacy of forging informal mentoring networks as a mode of survival. Today, the community has made great strides, yet LGBTTQ2IA* youth continue to face barriers. Research shows that formal mentoring programs are a powerful, protective factor for this demographic as they develop their own unique sense of self.

Volunteer mentors are extensively screened and properly trained before they are matched. Each match receives the ongoing support of a professional caseworker through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg.

For more information contact 204-988-9200 or see our website for details:

https://winnipeg.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/

2019 Community Feature: Air Canada

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As a leading airline, Air Canada values all their employees equally and recognizes the importance of diversity as a valued contributor to our success. Air Canada believes in mirroring Canada’s diverse landscape within society and tries to reflect this within their employee demographics to meet the needs of our customers.  This includes hiring and supporting people within minority groups such as the LGBTQ2+, indigenous, women, people with disabilities and other visible minorities. We are proud to sponsor and/or support and take a part of events that not only help these communities, but reaches out to further educate community members.