Welcome to the return of Out on the Shelf's monthly newsletter! We want to say thank you to our amazing volunteers who've helped us transition our programs online, helping us keep connected to one another during the pandemic. 

The monthly newsletter will keep you up-to-date about our monthly programming, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and other happenings in the community.


📅 Programs & Events

05. 03 | 2SGBTQ+ Guy's Social Group

05. 10 | Rainbow Crafters

05. 12 | Board Meeting

05. 17 | Gender Intersect

05. 18 | Gaymes Night

06. 09 | Annual General Meeting

✨ Volunteer Opportunities


Join our board of directors as a programming co-chair!  The programming co-chair is responsible for overseeing our monthly programs and working with our facilitators.

If you're interested in community outreach and events, this might be a great opportunity for you! See more information about the position on our website.

Email: volunteer@outontheshelf.com

📰 News and Updates

Virtual Library Card

We've introduced a digital version of your Out on the Shelf library card! If you login to Out on the Shelf website and view your profile, you should see a digital version of your library card that can be printed or saved on your phone. If your library card is inactive, you can always renew your membership!

Thank you Project Serve!

We've participated in the University of Guelph's Project Serve Day for a couple years which provides students an opportunity to volunteer with a community organization. This past fall, Project Serve went online, and we got to work with several University of Guelph students on brainstorming ideas for this virtual newsletter!

Community Letter re: GPS' Safe Place Program

We shared a community letter in response to Guelph Police Service's Safe Place Program last month and wanted to provide you with an update. The letter has over 100 signatures from community organizations, businesses, and individuals from concerned local LGBTQ2IA+ citizens and their allies. Currently the program is on pause and being reviewed. You can view the ARCH statement on Safe Place Program, which includes more information about the already existing community program Voices of Value, which we at support. The letter also referred to the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB)'s Police Presence in Schools Task Force which recommended the removal of School Resource Officers from schools. The Board of Trustees approved the recommendation(s) on April 27, 2021.

💰 Fundraising

Guelph Pride Fundraiser

String Theory Yarn Shop, located in Fergus, Ontario, is generously helping us raise funds for Guelph Pride. 25% of the sale price of their Pride Kits (yarn and pattern) are being donated to Guelph Pride. You can find out more information from a recent news story from CTV News


If you'd like to donate monthly or make a one-time donation to Out on the Shelf or Guelph Pride, you can easily do so via Canada Helps (and get an instant tax receipt for any value of $10 or more). Thank you to all our wonderful donors for helping us build an inclusive and safe LGBTQ2IA+ space!

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

🏆Community Spotlight

Meet Griffin Heaney, our wonderful project assistant!

Griffin is pursuing an MA in Social Justice and Community Engagement at Wilfrid Laurier University and is volunteering with us as part of a student placement. 

Griffin has been helping us out with updating our resources pages, organizing our digital media, developing policies, and becoming familiar with OOTS's operations as a whole. 

Thank you to Griffin for sharing your knowledge, experience, and skills with us!

Griffin Heaney portrait

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