A Letter From The Board of Directors

Welcome everyone,

This has been an incredibly active year for TransCare+. We have had the good fortune of growing significantly and rapidly, with successful grant applications to further research, develop, and employ the encompassing care our trans community in what colonially known as ‘Canada’ deserves and requires. 

Growth, especially as expansive as ours has been, nor will ever develop flawlessly and conflict-free. This year has also been a year of deep conversation, listening, caretaking, and unlearning. At TransCare+, we want to ensure we can always be held accountable for our approaches and actions. The Board is a key part of this accountability piece – we have established a very strong working relationship with our co-Executive Directors without sacrificing our ability to question or call attention to practices and plans to ensure that as an organization we are doing all we can for the betterment of our community and the wellbeing of the staff team. The Board is also thankful for every community member that has prompted accountability processes within the organization. As the chair, I deeply hold the value and importance working through these conflicts provides for building solidarity within our community – “nothing for us, without us” must include all of us.

As a board and an organization, we have made two major decisions regarding our future in the past year. The first would be our decision to consciously flatten our leadership structure, with the splitting of the Executive Director role into two co-Executive Director positions. This choice was made to ensure the directorship of TransCare+ can lead with passion, and a diversity of thought while maintaining a sustainable capacity. The board is very thankful to have two incredible people in the directorship positions, Alessia and Jacob. The next key decision we made in this past fiscal year was the intentional choice to not proceed with gaining charitable status. We are a registered non-profit organization, and while advancing with obtaining charitable status would allow us easier access to some funding programs and the ability to provide tax-deductible donations, ultimately the limitations on charities particularly in terms of advocacy was seen as an impassable obstacle. We see an important function of TransCare+ will always be to speak truth to power, and take a deliberately intersectional stance to protect and support our communities. As an organization dedicated to knowledge sharing, we did not want our capacities in advocacy, discussion and education to be restricted/diminished by colonial powers. In the past year, we have issued news releases highlighting our work ranging from advocacy against legislation dimishing 2SLGBTQ+ rights in Alberta, developing and promoting training materials to enhance access to medical care within the community of Two-Spirit, trans, Indigiqueer, and gender-diverse (2STIGD) individuals in New Brunswick, and to international issues such as our Public Statement on Gaza where as an organization we added our voice to the global demands for a ceasefire in Palestine.

Our goal in drafting this report is that it comes across as more than simply an administrative process. While it is both a legal requirement and an integral part of keeping ourselves accountable to stakeholders, it is an opportunity for us to show you all of the love and care that goes into our day-to-day work, and invite you into the collective dream we have at TransCare+. Our programming is broad, from peer support, to mutual aid and advocacy, to course development and education and beyond, because our needs as a community cannot be easily siloed off. As you read through, we hope you find activities or support you relate to or would be interested in exploring more. There is more information for you to see at our website, https://www.transcareplus.org, or on all of our socials @TransCarePlus. 

We would also love to know any and all of your thoughts as you read through! Our website has a contact portal through which you can provide feedback, and any feedback requiring board attention can be directed to boardofdirectors@transcareplus.org

With love and solidarity,

Rye Huston (she/it)

Board Chair, TransCare+

Author: TransCare+

TransCare+ is a community-based organization run by and for queer and gender diverse folx. We strive to centre holistic, community-focused, and anti-colonial understandings of care and wellness in a way that is accessible to queer and gender diverse folx of various lived experiences. To do so, we work with queer and gender diverse communities to identify, develop, and provide services and resources that meet the care needs of queer and gender diverse folx across so-called Canada. TransCare+ operates as a knowledge hub, educational platform/service provider, and care collective.