Thank you so much to the North Vancouver District PAC (NV-DPAC) for hosting us!

The Parent Advisory Committee invites you to attend this 2 part series:

101 LGBTQ+ Awareness for Parents – Feb 19, 2020
201 LGBTQ+ Awareness for Parents – Apr 8, 2020

For anyone who didn’t have a chance to attend our last 101 Awareness presentation for parents (or would like to bring kids, friends and family too!) we’re thankful to be hosted again by the District PAC Feb 19.

AND at long last, we are presenting our 201 Awareness – Apr 8 parent presentation for the first time, building on the basics in 101. We’re excited to get to continue our discussions! Please save the date, and register below.

When and Where:
101 event registration is

201 event registration is

Any support on social media or sharing this invite is greatly appreciated. Please feel free to ask questions, and our new email will reach both Caroline and Michele.

Michele and Caroline

Michele Fogal
She, her, hers
Author, Communications Consultant, Diversity Educator
Diversity Site

More Detailed Description of this Event

19% of North Van youth are LGBTQ+ and are at higher risk. Together, we can lower the risks by becoming more aware. All ages welcome!
About this Event
101 Description

Are you comfortable with the terms non-binary, genderqueer, intersex, pansexual, queer and asexual? Would you feel equipped to support a child in your community who shared one of these identities with you? Currently, 19% of BC high school students identify as not exclusively heterosexual. That’s 1 in 5 teens. Often parents assume they have enough understanding of LGBT topics without realizing that the internet and social media have provided access to diverse voices like never before. Our young people are the first generation immersed in this increased awareness, and are now exploring their identities earlier and earlier, including their sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).

Queer youth are at far greater risk for depression, addiction, violence and suicide. Research shows that positive and affirming home and school experiences are highly influential in youth resilience. We work to provide tools for parents to enable them to feel confident in their ability to support our kids, our kids’ friends and our friends’ kids. A diverse and inclusive environment enables all young people to thrive and experience a genuine sense of belonging.

101 Topics

How this impacts every parent and child
Overview of current status for youth
LGBTQ+ language and diverse perspective
Gender identity, orientation, pronouns
Privilege and bias
Michele Fogal

Michele is a diversity educator, communications consultant and business coach on the North Shore. She has a BFA in Creative Writing, is a traditionally published author of 3 books, and speaks internationally about diversity at writing conferences. She was Small Business BC’s social media expert for 4 years and now works for the West Vancouver School Board. She has begun a master’s program in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on equity and education. Michele is a queer woman, a parent and a lover of story.

Caroline Wedderspoon

Caroline is a diversity educator and a registered clinical counsellor. She works on the North Shore, in several different environments. She is in private practice at Alyson Jones and Associates, and works as a therapist at WorkBC and at CMHA (The Canadian Mental Health Association). Until recently, she worked at Qmunity, Vancouver’s LGBTQ+ Resource Centre. One of her areas of specialization is working with the LGBTQ+ community. Caroline is a queer, cisgender woman and a parent of four.

About Divine Diversity

Michele and Caroline first created the Divine Diversity team to support their own community on the North Shore. They provide diversity presentations and workshops, as well as inclusion consultation and strategy. Their clients include non-profit societies, community organisations and schools. Their goal is to facilitate an evolution beyond tolerance, through acceptance, and into celebration of the divine wealth diversity brings.