Park Board rolls out trans* awareness campaign
Spring 2015 – The Park Board unveiled a powerful and personal trans* public awareness campaign at Hillcrest Centre. It reinforced a key Park Board priority to make community facilities more friendly, safe, and open to everyone – including trans* and gender-variant people.
Inclusive fitness program "The Healthiest Winner" welcomes trans* and gender-variant people
Spring 2015 – Get encouragement and support as you pursue a healthy lifestyle with The Healthiest Winner program at Hillcrest, Kensington, and Trout Lake fitness centres.
Here's what a trans* participant had to say about the program: "I have been attending the Healthiest Winner Program since January 2015 and it’s not an understatement to say that it’s changed my life dramatically. I was initially afraid to start the program, not just because it’s been many years since I’ve exercised, but also because I’m a trans* identified person. I can say from experience that it’s a very trans* inclusive program."
Hillcrest and Templeton pools launch inclusive signage
Winter and spring 2015 – Trans* people and staff are now recognized on washroom and change room signage at the two swimming pools.
Templeton Park Pool trials a trans* inclusive swim
Winter 2015 – The trans* inclusive public swim is the first in a series of Park Board initiatives fulfilling its mandate to provide accessible parks and recreation for all. The swimming pool offers safe and welcoming washrooms and change rooms. Trans* individuals and families told us they wanted to swim and now they'll feel safer about going to the pool – some for the first time in their lives. This brings Vancouver one step closer to becoming the world’s most inclusive city.
Swimming pool staff trained on trans* inclusivity
Summer and fall 2014 – Over 500 of Vancouver Park Board aquatic staff were introduced to the trans* and gender variant community through community members' personal stories and experiences in public facilities.
Park Board unanimously accepts report to reduce barriers
April 28, 2014 – The Trans* and Gender-Variant Inclusion Working Group presented its final report called "Building a Path to Parks & Recreation for All: Reducing Barriers for Trans* & Gender-Variant Community Members" to the Board on April 28, 2014.
The Park Board unanimously received the report that, when implemented, will help make trans* and gender variant people feel more comfortable in the City’s parks and recreation facilities.
The board directed staff to provide a status update on the implementation and outcomes within one year. The working group will remain in place until December 1, 2014, to help implement quick start recommendations.
Staff were also directed to create a new Trans* and Gender-Variant Implementation Steering Committee starting on December 1, 2014, to help implement mid- and long-term priorities.
The report came after an initial draft went through an intensive community review process. Residents provided input towards building a more accessible city at community town hall meetings, through in-person and online surveys, and with many emails and phone calls.