“ A quick word to let you know how much your workshops were appreciated and beneficial. The principle is great, for students and for teachers, based on what I noticed. Everybody greatly benefited from these meetings where there was a mix of reality, humour, and respect. I saw people with the utmost integrity and this showed the students that it’s possible to be comfortable in your own skin, regardless of what the rest of society thinks. As a teacher, I have a personal mission to direct my students toward altruism, respect and positive social growth. You’ve made a huge contribution in this regard. These students are the society of the future…Your workshops opened doors for them. Thanks to the whole team! Bravo! P.S. I hope your proud of your actions! ”
Teacher, Sophie-Barat High School, Montréal
“ Know that it’s thanks to you that today’s school in Quebec can not only imagine including in its pedagogical activities lessons aimed at stopping bullying toward sexual minorities, but also to make it so that students called upon in their daily life in a healthy, frank and authentic way. In other words, you make it so that the ideas we are playing around with in class meet up with reality, and even have the ability to change reality. ”
International school, Laval
GRIS-Montreal is a mosaic of stories that transform every space visited into a nucleus of change. Why? Because the individuals we reach are better informed about LGBT+ realities and are thus able to reach more people themselves and share the knowledge we gave them. Through your donation, you could be the starting point of this incredible chain of events, like a snowball that gains momentum and grows as it speeds down a snow-covered hill.
Discover the members involved in our campaign team. Thanks to their conviction and their large network, they help us raise a large part of our funds.
Having had the privilege to take the intervener training and participate in workshops in classrooms, I was able to recognize how devoted and serious the volunteers and staff were. I was also able to see the difference that each meeting had on the young people, whatever their orientation, by allowing them to demystify a subject that is often taboo and by putting a face and a story on our reality. It’s a privilege for me to once again this year lead a team of men and women committed to making a difference in fighting homophobia, transphobia, intolerance and ignorance that still exist today. I invite you to generously support us.
Lavery, de Billy
Lavery, de Billy
I have been volunteering for the GRIS-Montréal for almost three years. To this day, I've done 30 workshops in classrooms, so I met about 700 young people. I share with them my personal experience to help them put a face on sexual diversity which they often speak with a lot of fear, disgust and sometimes even hate. I now appeal to your generosity to help GRIS continue its mission for a more open and inclusive world.
Courtier Immobilier - REMAX du Cartier
Anna Goodson Illustration & Motion
I first started working with Gris in 2014, when Robert Pilon asked me if my artists could help illustrate his book Modèles recherchés. Immediately I fell in love with the project and got involved. I volunteered for a workshop for the first time in 2015. I really love meeting young people in schools. I feel it is important that I share my story with them. I thank GRIS-Montreal for offering me this chance. I intend to go on meeting and sharing with young people, and not so young people, for a long time!
Executive Director - Orchestre Classique de Montréal
LCI Education Network
Since 2014, Claude Marchand is the President and CEO of the LCI Education network. He joined the organization in 2008, as Director of Marketing, and showed continuous commitment to LCI Education’s vision of growth through numerous acquisitions and successful partnerships with the primary mission of connecting people to opportunity through high-quality education. With now over 3,000 people in the organization as well as thousands of students who graduate from local and international campuses yearly, Claude envisions the LCI Education to become the leader in private education around the world.
Lots of progress has been made over the last decade in Canada, and especially with regard to LGBT rights and same-sex marriage. But our community still faces a lot of prejudices and misunderstanding, in our schools and in our society. It was extremely enriching for me to work closely with my GRIS colleagues and all of the dedicated donors, in order to break these barriers and raise awareness around tolerance through my personal commitment.