5th Annual Ally Toolkit Conference - Caring for Queer Seniors: Creating a Safe Environment to Grow Older

Date & Time
Organized by
Calgary Queer Arts Society

Many LGBTQ2S+ seniors fought their whole life to come out of the closet and now are having to go back in. 

Calgary Queer Arts Society has received funding from the Federal New Horizons program to design and deliver a training program for LGBTQ2S+ seniors’ caregivers and their multi-generational allies. Early collaborations are providing current research in this area and best practices for using films and digital storytelling.  

Please join us to explore the needs and possible solutions for healthy, safe aging for queer seniors.  We invite your ideas and connections to help us create the most impactful training program.


  • Identify key issues and unique needs for queer seniors
  • Identity effective solutions to support queer seniors, their caregivers and their multigenerational allies
  • Connect with those working with queer seniors, their care givers and allies 
  • Help co-create this training to ensure our seniors a safe, healthy aging process.

Cost: $30.00


Leslie Robinson, MA (Adult Ed) 

Leslie RobinsonLeslie facilitates positive change with groups and individuals.

She is a certified Appreciative Inquiry facilitator and founding instructor in U Vic’s award winning Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) program.  Her 1998 Masters degree in Adult Education, pioneered the practical application of quantum physics and the acceleration of deep and sustainable learning.Some of Leslie’s current clients include Alberta Civil Liberties Research Council, Royal Roads University, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Calgary Unitarians, Roman Catholic Women Priests in Canada and the US, Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), Teaching and Learning Centre at the University of Calgary, ATB Financial, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), and Health Canada. 

Leslie co-authored The Pantry: Creating a Healthy Relationship One Shelf at a Time with her partner, Jane Oxenbury. Leslie and Jane are writing their second book. For more please visit www.leslierobinson.ca.

Jane Oxenbury, M.Ed., R.Psych. 

Jane OxenburyIn my private practice in Calgary, Alberta I work extensively with the LGBTQ* communities, especially in the areas of same-sex domestic violence, the bullying and harassment of LGBTQ* youth and Gender Dysphoria. I have given numerous workshops regarding counselling techniques, sexual identity, domestic violence, childhood abuse, trauma, anger management, assertion, and communication. My current volunteer positions are with the Calgary Police Service Gender and Sexual Diversity Advisory Board and the Alberta Health Services Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Provincial Advisory Council. I am a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta, the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Canadian Psychologists Association, the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis – Alberta Division. I have co-authored chapters in three academic books and written the book The Pantry: Creating a Healthy relationship One Shelf at a Time (2018) with my partner.