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Family Services Ottawa

Site: Ottawa

Service: Around the Rainbow

Alternate Name OCR
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
312 Parkdale Ave
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4X5
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Intersection Parkdale Ave and Scott St
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Free parking
Description and Services
Description (Service) Community-based program, which provides a full range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two spirit, queer and questioning (LGBTTQ+) education, programs, support services and counselling regarding gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation 
* supports the inclusion of equity and diversity in childcare, preschools, schools, recreational facilities, community health and resource centres 
* workshops on gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and human rights are adjusted according to the needs of the organization 
* parent and caregiver support group for parents with transgender, two spirit and gender diverse children, youth and adults (hosted in partnership with CHEO) 
* TRANSCEND Drop-in arts-based trans youth group for trans, gender diverse and non-binary youth ages 11-17 
* Rainbow Families Art & Play social group for LGBTTQ+ families with young children and families with young gender diverse children (hosted with Andrew Fleck Childcare Services)
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm, occasional weekend programs * training can be done outside the office hours 
Parent & Caregiver Support Group: Third Tue of the month, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm at 312 Parkdale Ave  
TRANSCEND Drop-in: Last Monday of the month, 6 pm-8 pm at 312 Parkdale Ave  
Rainbow Families Art & Play Group: First Sat of the month, 1 pm-4 pm at Andrew Fleck Childcare Services, Don Reid location.
Areas Served Ottawa
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Call, visit the website or send an e-mail
Languages English
Fees Program - counselling fees are sliding-scale based on income ; None - referrals * information * resources * workshops, training, and public education free for non-profit and NGOs in Ottawa
Service Categories LGBTQ2+ Advocacy Groups ; LGBTQ2+ Community Centres ; LGBTQ2+ Support Groups ; Professional Skills Development Support ~ LGBTQ2+ Issues ; School System Advocacy ~ LGBTQ2+ Parents
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-725-3601
TTY Phone 613-725-6175
Fax 613-725-5651
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Primary Contact Lisa Montroy, Trainer and Public Education Worker; Phone: 613-725-3601 ext 105; Email:
Alternate Contact Laurie Rektor, Community Programs Manager; Phone: 613-725-3601 ext 118; Email:
Primary Executive Deirdre Speers, Executive Director; Phone: 613-725-3601 ext 115
Alternate Executive Laurie Rektor, Community Programs Manager
Other Details
Established 1914
Funding Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 107376147 RR0001
Elections The Board of Directors is elected.
Print Material Guides * toolkits * brochures * community-based resources
Resources Website
Accreditation Yes, by the Council on Accreditation

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