ElderBerries

The ElderBerries

pic The Elderberries is the social and activism group for LGBT Elders in Atlantic Canada. We have four main activities:

Social
We usually meet once a month, all year 'round, usually in Halifax for fellowship including a pot luck meal. But there are lots of exceptions. Get on our mailing list (below) for the particulars. All events are potlucks, so get out your recipes!
Education
Our social events often include an educational topic relating to some element of LGBT elder life.
Public Speakers
We have a Speaker's Bureau which can provide informed and witty speakers who have been out and proud for decades, for media and other engagements. We appear at high school Gay Straight Alliance meetings around the province each year as a liaison between elders and high school students
Activism
We lobby various levels of government on a variety of LGBT & elders issues

The initiative behind this group comes from the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project (NSRAP)'s Elders Committee.

Questions? Email the coordinator at elderberries.scotia2@gmail.com

If you would like to be notified of events:

Newsletters

2010
December
2011
April 7, May, June, July, August, & Supplement, September & Supplement, October (Supplement only), November &, Supplement, December 1
2012
January 12, February 18, March 21, April 15, May 14, June 20, July 8, July 27, September 17, October 26, December 5
2013
January 13, February 20, March 13, April 22, May 9, May 21, June 18, July 17, August 16, September 1, October 7, November 6, November 28
2014
January 8, January 31, February 5, March 4, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 14, August 15, October 6, November 7, December 6
2015
April 1, May 3, June 1, July 8, August 26, October 1, November 18, December 12
2016
January 8, February 9, March 5, April 6, May 7, April 6, July 9, September 8, October 1, November 4, December 13.
2017
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2018
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August

History

2009 - 2010
Need notes on who was the champion of the NSRAP LGBT Elders project, and why.
2009 - 2010
NSRAP gets a $10,000 grant from the Department of Seniors, to work on issues affecting LGBT Elders, especially those in long-term care.1
2009 -2010
Need details on whatever came out of that project - the report?
April 18, 2010
NSRAP Gathering Of LGBT Elders at the CompanyHouse attended by 34 people.2 There's a photo album of the event here
August 15, 2010
Public meeting -- HistoryProjectTodoList: who called it? -- at Spencer House. Inaugural Board: LynnMurphy, HalWalsh?, HeatherBurke?, AnitaMartinez, DanielMacKay, NickHonig?, HugoDann (ex officio from NSRAP), Rick. Heather resigned shortly after, and we have no record of which Rick that was.3
November 29, 2010
one of the first Newsletters indicates that the "Committee" consists of LynnMurphy, AnitaMartinez, HalWalsh?, DanielMacKay and NickHonig?
April, 2011
April 2011 Report to NSRAP
April, 2011
September Annual Report
November, 2011
Publish the 2012 ElderBerries Cookbook
2012 ??
[Date uncertain] The Elderberries win the ISCANS Rainbow Community "Candle" Award. March, 2015: the physical award, a big piece of glass, accidentally was dropped and destroyed.
October, 2015
Annual General Meeting: the new Board is AllisonBrewer?, HugoDann (ex officio from NSRAP), LanceLockwood?, DanielMacKay, AnitaMartinez, KenSaunders? & JackWaller?. Lance, Ken & Jack resign a couple of weeks later.
June, 2018
Board is AllisonBrewer?, RichardCrooks?, BarendKamperman, DanielMacKay, ScottMacNeil, AnitaMartinez, LynnMurphy, MikeSangster? & LauraShepherd?
July 22, 2018
We host the first Elderberries Salon a transgenerational story telling event.

Footnotes:

1. 2009-2010 NSRAP Year In Review and AGM, written by chair MattNumer?
2. Dan's notes from the event list the people. The notes are available on the background history wiki.
3. DanielMacKay has fairly interesting minutes from this meeting