PFLAG Canada Durham Region
PFLAG Canada Durham Region provides support, education and resources on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity/expressions to all within our reach. We are the only nonprofit LGBTQ direct support and service provider in Durham Region.
Our peer-to-peer support teams are available by phone or email to talk with you about anything you want to discuss about your own sexuality/gender expressions or the gender/sexuality of members of your family or friends.
PFLAG used to stand for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Today PFLAG Canada is a brand name inclusive to all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. PFLAG Durham Region is a not for profit organization that is a Chapter of the national charity organization PFLAG Canada. We operate independently, yet are in the family and are much like an Affiliate or a Franchise. We follow the principles, guidelines and guidance of the National Organization and are recognized for these standards.
Did you know PFLAG Canada Durham Region has been serving the Region for 15 years now!
PFLAG Canada, Durham Region was founded by Francine Doucette, David Doucette and Lindsey Clarke in Oshawa, Ontario, in 2003. Francine and Lindsey had the passion for helping other families better understand and accept people in the LGBTQ community–Francine’s son David, Lindsey’s best friend, had recently come out and they were looking to create a supportive, social, safe space for families, friends, and others with questions about sexual orientation. With a monthly open invitation support group in Lindsay’s living room, coffee with friends began a whole new network of supports services for the Durham Region.
What started with three dedicated volunteers grew into 1.5 staff, 5 Volunteer Board members, 15 Volunteer Team/ Program leaders, 121 volunteers, the third in Canada to open an LGBTQ Youth leadership camp, 4-8 community education sessions a month, 7 active programs running monthly, touching over 250 people each month and over 3000 for the year. We are truly there when you think no one else is. We are one of the only dedicated LGBTQ organizations within the region for Education, Support and Awareness – yet our programming and services are all delivered and run by Volunteers.
Thank you Francine Doucette, Lindsay Clarke and David Doucette for bringing the Durham Region an amazing community organization.