“ 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
Conscious of the peculiar impact the pandemic has had on highly vulnerable groups such as LGBT+ youth, GRIS-Montréal thinks that this year, Supporting LGBT+ youth is more essential than ever.
This is the theme for our 2020-2021 fundraising campaign, for which we have set a $300 000 goal, thanks to your donations.
The launch of this campaign is also an occasion to release the very first pedagogical guide for high schools in Quebec on the experiences of trans and non-binary people, La transphobie, c’est pas mon genre.
Because your donation can make a difference in the life of LGBT+ youth
Thank you for your generous support!
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.
Partner McCarthy Tétrault
Lavery, de Billy
The 2019-20 school year marks 25 years of GRIS-Montréal. I am proud to serve on the Fundraising Campaign Cabinet for a sixth year. Our goals might be ambitious, but so were those who founded what would become GRIS-Montréal all those years ago. While the situation of the LGBTQ+ community has improved over the last 25 years, we’re still not immune to prejudice. The dedicated work of our 250 volunteers, demystifying LBGTQ+ realities, remains as pertinent as ever. Please, join me in supporting this important work. Thank you for your generosity.
Lavery, de Billy
Raymond Doray is a lawyer with the firm Lavery and de Billy, practicing in diverse areas like information law, privacy law, administrative law, and constitutional law. He often argues cases before various courts, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he holds a law license from the Université de Montréal, a master’s degree in public law from the London School of Economics, and a doctorate in legislation from the University of Ottawa. He has authored several legal works and publications. For several years, Mr. Doray has supported the fundraising and financial work of GRIS. In 2007, he married Jorge Meija Zarate.
Anna Goodson Illustration Agency
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
Born and raised in Montréal, Taras speaks five languages and has more than 30 years of experience in the artistic world. With 18 years as an opera singer, in 2018, Taras became the Executive Director of the Montréal Classical Orchestra. From 2016 until 2018, Taras was the director of the Calgary Opera. From 2013-16, Taras was the Executive Director of the McGill Chamber Orchestra, before that, from 2005 to 2012, Taras founded and was the Artistic Director for the Green Mountain Opera Festival in Vermont. Taras completed his studies at Concordia University, the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, and at the University of Toronto.
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.
Echoing the words of one of our volunteer facilitators, to me, GRIS is “the privilege to open peoples’ hearts and minds by breaking down prejudice”. For more than 25 years, GRIS has worked hard to break down prejudice towards LGBTQ+ people. However, even in 2019-2020, there is still work to be done, here in Montréal, and all over Québec. I am proud to serve on the Fundraising Campaign Cabinet for a fifth year for this great organization. Please support our mission by making a donation, large or small.