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Kelowna Scavenger Hunt: Art by the Lake


Loop around this breathtaking city in search of public art and other cultural gems! Download the ‘Let’s Roam‘ scavenger hunt app and start exploring today! Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity that anyone can enjoy. Lace-up your walking shoes and get ready to experience the city like you never have before. Snap pics, race against the clock, and put your navigation skills to the test as you wander at your own pace. No reservations, no tour guides, and fun for all ages.


Applying the WHO Quality of Care Standards to trans* pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care in Canada

Emily Percival-Paterson ~ Trans Birth Care in Canada

Hello! My name is Percy (she/they), I am from Vancouver Island, and am currently a Master of Science International Public Health (Sexual and Reproductive Health) student at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, in Liverpool, UK. I identify as queer, in sexual orientation and gender identity.

I am pursuing this project as part of my dissertation because I am interested inthe ways trans, non-binary, two-spirit, intersex, and gender non-conforming individuals who are pursuing parenthood via carrying a child experience the Canadian healthcare system. I am interested in the creative ways this cadre of parents work with their care providers to meet global standards of quality of care as well as the areas where birth care providers may need to adapt their practices.


As a member of this cadre of parents, I am hoping to recruit you to participate in this study. Please find below more information about the study and what your participation would entail.

Title: Applying the WHO Quality of Care Standards to trans pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care in Canada
Researcher: Emily Percival-Paterson (aka Percy)
Research Institution: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Funding: This study is funded by the researcher through a Rotary International Global Grant.
Ethical Approval: This study is subject to ethical approval from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Ethical Review Board.

What do I have to do if I participate?

Data within this study will be collected through 30-60 minute interviews between you and Percy. In order to maintain social distancing safety protocols amongst the COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews will be conducted via either video call or phone call, dependent on your preference. With your consent, Percy will record the interview so they can refer back to it to create a transcript. During the interview, Percy will ask you about your experiences of care from conception through to the postpartum period. Some of the topics are:
● Your gender identity and how it influenced your experience of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting
● Your experiences of antenatal care
● Your birth experience, including place of birth, types of providers present, and your feelings about the experience
● Your feelings about the care you received in relation to quality standards of dignity, communication, and support.
● Recommendations for birth care providers

You are in charge of your story and how much of it you’re willing to share, therefore if there are any topics which you are not interested in discussing that will be adamantly respected.

What if I change my mind and decide I don’t want to participate?

No problem at all! If during the interview you change your mind, just tell Percy and the interview will be stopped and your recording deleted. If after the interview you change your mind, just contact Percy within the project timeframe and your interview will be deleted. Participating in this study by no means requires you to give up autonomy over your story.

What will happen to my story?

When you sign up for the study you will be given a participant number which will be used when presenting your story so that your identity is kept anonymous. Any identifying factors you mention in your interview will also be anonymized.

You will receive a copy of the interview’s transcript to look over to ensure you are comfortable with the anonymization and the representation of your story. Your story will be considered by Percy in combination with other participant’s stories to identify recurring themes within trans* experiences of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum in Canada.

These recurring themes will then be examined in comparison to the World Health Organization Standards of Quality Care for pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. This discussion will constitute part of Percy’s thesis work and will be included in their final dissertation submission to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. This dissertation will then be revised and submitted to academic journals for peer review and publishing.

All data collected within the study will be kept under strict protection by Percy and will only be shared outside of the research team via the final publications.

In recognition of your story

Too often academic research has privatized its findings, even from the participants of its studies. Participants in this study will receive the following documents throughout the project:
● Interview transcript with the opportunity to clarify any component and give feedback
● Copy of final dissertation submission
● Copy of any published academic articles

In recognition of your time

This project is funded by Percy through their Rotary International Global Grant, and therefore has a very modest budget. All participants will be offered a $30 thank you honorarium via e-transfer, paypal payment, or e-giftcard. It is incredibly important to value the time it takes to participate in a study such as this, even within a limited budget.

Thank you for taking the time to consider participating in this study! If you have any questions or concerns, want to meet Percy, or are willing to participate please connect with us via the methods below:

By phone: 250-642-5023
By email: transbirthcareincanada@gmail.com
On instagram @trans.birth.care.in.Canada
On Facebook: Trans Birth Care In Canada


Disclaimer: Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc, including Kelowna.LGBT, do not vouch for the validity of this study. Potential participants should do their due diligence before participating.


Boost for Etcetera Program

The Bridge receives $10,000 from First West Foundation

Miriam Halpenny ~ Castanet – The Bridge Youth & Family Services has received $10,000 from the First West Foundation to support LGBTQIA2S+ youth in the community.

The grant will go towards the Etcetera program which provides LGBTQIA2S+ youth between the ages of 11 and 18 with a safe environment to meet peers.

The group focuses on inclusion, belonging, engagement, connection, leadership, fun, learning and confidence. The program consists of 44 weekly sessions and three special events each year. The marginalization of LGBTQIA2S+ people puts them at an increased risk of suicide, substance abuse, homelessness, isolation and depression. 

To read more on this story, follow the link to Castanet


Alongside Her – Pop-up Exhibition


In collaboration with Lake Country Public Art Gallery a pop-up exhibition is being hosted, featuring Maura Tamez, Ashleigh Giffen, and Hagar Wirba. You can catch the show until June 27th.

This pop-up was also made possible by the financial support from the Visual Arts Course Union UBCO Visual Arts Course Union

June 19-27 at the Lake Country Art Gallery

For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/laundryroomcollective/


New CBC British Columbia original podcast explores identity beyond binary pronouns

They & Us launches June 22

Gender identity. Gender expression. Non-binary. While you may hear these terms in the news, social discussions and academia, for many, it’s unfamiliar territory. Are you up to speed?

CBC British Columbia host Wil Fundal explores gender and more in They & Us: a six-part podcast series about people who have had to go beyond the binary – the “he” and “she” – to figure out who they truly are.

To read more, check out this story on CBC