Become a volunteer

First become a member

To become a member, you just have to complete a questionnaire and pay a symbolic annual fee of $5 and agree to comply with the code of ethics. To do so, contact us.

Please note that only people who are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, trans or non-binary can take the training that prepares them to offer workshops in classrooms.

If you want to demystify the diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities elsewhere than in school (e.g. in CEGEPs, universities, youth, adult, or elderly organizations, etc.), you must first take the training process that prepares you to offer workshops in classrooms and then carry out your first workshops with youth in secondary schools. For more information about this, contact us.

Offer workshops in classrooms

For the animation of school-based interventions, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a member of GRIS-Montréal (having paid your annual fees)

  • Identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, trans or non-binary person, and being open in your social and/or family environments

  • Feel comfortable talking about intimate matters in public

  • Be able to express yourself clearly in front of a large audience

  • Commit to the code of ethics for the GRIS-Montréal

  • Be able to work with another volunteer facilitator

  • Successfully complete the required training

  • Be comfortable receiving feedback during the training process and subsequent continuing training workshops

  • Have been approuved by the Board of Directors of the GRIS-Montréal as a speaker

Intensive and ongoing training

GRIS-Montréal facilitators are carefully prepared to fulfill the mission of the organization. An intensive weekend training session allows future workshop facilitators, through simulations and role playing, to acquire the necessary comfort to talk about their experiences and the knowledge required to work with a variety of groups. Then, on a monthly basis, the training committee proposes to the members of the thematic evenings to broaden their knowledge on a host of subjects related to homosexual life. Better equipped and better informed, stakeholders make a more complete demystification work.

GRIS-Montréal takes the training of its stakeholders to heart. This is why a rigorous process of learning by stage must be followed by each of them.

Training steps

  • The intensive training

  • Observe interventions before and/or after the intensive training at the secondary level

  • Read (and reread) training guide

  • Perform your assisted intervention and final track of assisted with a trainer or a teacher

  • Obtaining Board Approval

When they have completed this path, new participants are ready to go to class with their fellow speakers. They are also invited to take part in the continuing education events that take place monthly.

Training Schedule

There are two intensive training seminars each year, one in the fall and one in the winter. It is compulsory to attend a preparatory information meeting for those who are considering registering. They take place in the weeks before intensive training. For more information contact us. Thematic evenings of continuing education are open to all members.

Getting involved in other ways

The compilation of research data, the organization of socio-cultural events in the community, the development of communication tools and funding are just some of the activities that our fabulous volunteers share.

Please note that an individual training course lasting approximately one hour will be given to people wishing to compile the search data.

If you would like to join our family of volunteers or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact us

514 590-0016