Date: June 4th 2012

TEAM VANCOUVER IS NOW QUEER ACTIVE

 

A new name… a new mission… a new direction. A time for change.

 

For the past 23 years, Team Vancouver established itself as the group that coordinates and outfits Lower Mainland queer athletes heading to the Gay Games and World Outgames. As the Games grew in popularity, so did our membership, peaking in 2006 at the Montreal Outgames. While we enjoyed tremendous success in hosting parties at international events and supplying stunning uniforms, the time had come when we needed to face our challenges in order to move forward and ensure the ongoing viability of the organization.

Over the years, our focus had revolved around the four year cycle of the Gay Games and Outgames. During non-Games year, our revenues dropped significantly along with interest in Team Vancouver. Even though we have existed since 1989, many people had not heard of Team Vancouver or understood its role. Though our membership fee was modest, many people questioned the value of joining.

Since joining the board in 2002 and serving as President from 2006-2011, these comments came up again and again. It became apparent that Team Vancouver needed to review its mandate. We needed a new Strategic Vision that can easily explain who we are, why we exist, and what we do. The board unanimously agreed that a consultant be hired to help us create a new Mission and Strategic Vision – one that would be relevant to our target audience; our members; our partners; our donors/sponsors and the queer community at large.

With the up-most dedication and commitment, the board devoted many hours understanding who we are, our strengths and weaknesses, and the needs of our community. In the end, we developed a whole new organization with a new name – Queer Active – and a new Mission Statement that will guide us in the years to come: “Empowering Queer Individuals through Sport and Fitness.”

The board has truly put their “blood, sweat and tears” into creating a new direction that is exciting and captivating. I encourage you to take the time to read our new Mission Statement and Shared Strategic Vision, and to share in our dream of helping queer youth ages 16-25 to get involved with the many queer sports groups in the Lower Mainland.

As part of our transition to Queer Active it is my honour to continue serving the Board, our new President and the queer community at large. I am looking forward to seeing us grow to become a more relevant, connected and “go-to” place for Lower Mainland queer youth. With your help I know we can accomplish many great things together and I encourage you to ‘Come Out & Play!’

 

Dan Quon.
Past President.
dan@queeractive.com

 

Hello:

As the President of Queer Active (formally Team Vancouver) thank you for taking the time to review our new website. Queer Active is focused on connecting queer youth (16–25) with other like-minded individuals who want to get involved in a no-pressure environment where sport and friendship are the focus, all while having fun through shared experiences.

I joined the board of Team Vancouver in November 2009 as a way to ‘give-back’ to the queer community. When I was coming-out as a lesbian woman it was through Dragon Boating (Sisters In Sync) that I made my baby steps in the queer community rather than the clubs and party scene. After a year of active Board involvement it had become clear to us all that if we wanted to continue to be of greater service to the queer community, and especially queer youth, that we needed to change our focus and become much more relevant. Thus Queer Active was born.

We hired a professional consultant who specializes in re-invigorating non-profit community based organizations and through a process of in-depth analysis and after many, many hours of dedicated work by all Queer Active board members we’ve chartered a new path. We are proud of our work and our new Mission — “Empowering Queer Individuals through Sport and Fitness.”

My professional life is in health care working at St Paul’s hospital since 1987 and I’ve seen firsthand the damage that an unhealthy lifestyle of drugs and drinking can do. It concerns me as community member, and as a mother, to see many youth, and especially queer youth, headed down this slippery slope.

It was through my coming-out involvement of paddling with Sisters-In-Sync where I found my strongest friendships and shared connections in the queer community and as the President of Queer Active it is these powerful and positive experiences I want to pass along, especially to all the queer youth in the Lower Mainland.

As the first President of Queer Active I am committed to our new Mission and Strategic Vision and will ensure we reach, if not exceed our goals as we move forward and continue to build this new organization. I strongly encourage you to review our new site in detail and to let me know what you think and more importantly to get involved – whether as a queer youth looking for new ways to meet other queers; as a supporter/donor; as a Board member or as an essential partner helping us to deliver on what we promise to so.

I am committed to our new Mission and Strategic Vision and I look forward to many successes for not only queer youth, but also for our community as a whole. A new direction and a new beginning.

 

Tracey Williams.
President – Queer Active.
tracey@queeractive.com

Queer Active Cordially Invites You To Our 

Coming Out Party

Join us as we launch Vancouver’s brightest new resource for queer youth

June 13th

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

At CAYA

808-Davie Street, Vancouver

Light snacks provided

Beer and wine by donation

RSVP by June 10, 2012:

info@queeractive.com

 Come Out and Play

www.queeractive.com

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