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National Volunteer Week: Celebrating the Value of Volunteering!

National Volunteer Week: Celebrating the Value of Volunteering!

National Volunteer Week: Celebrating the Value of Volunteering!

National Volunteer Week 2018: Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community

We wouldn’t be the world’s largest independent LGBTQ2+ Archive in the world without the tireless support and commitment of our volunteers. This has included in 2017, the CLGA being donated over 13,000 hours of volunteer time by 165 volunteers. Last year marked a celebration for six people who are part of our team – they were all honoured with 2017 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards.

 

Erica Lee

a picture of CLGA volunteer Erica Lee
Photo of Erica Lee from 2016.

 

Erica Lee has been part of the archives since December 2004.  She has worked on a wide selection of our holdings including the vertical files and rare book collections.  Currently, she is helping to maintain, organize, and describe the CLGA’s records – she is working on of the Archives of the Archives. Correspondence from over 25 years ago, minutes to meetings attended by some of the founding members and the documents that describe the activities and impacts the archives has done and had over the years.

It’s the fact that the CLGA is a community driven organization and her contributions will inform future generations that keeps her coming back.

 

Kate Zieman

a picture of CLGA volunteer Kate Zieman holding up a book titled “The Homosexual Explosion”, by Norm Winski.
a picture of CLGA volunteer Kate Zieman holding up a book titled “The Homosexual Explosion”, by Norm Winski.

 

“I started volunteering at the CLGA in 2006, right around the time that I was beginning my Master of Information Studies program at U of T’s Faculty of Information Science (now called the ‘iSchool’).”

When I first started volunteering at the CLGA I was cataloguing rare books (including the lesbian pulp fiction novels, which I adore!), then after a couple of months I got involved with the newly-formed Community Engagement Committee. These days I’m the Secretary of that committee, but have also served as its Chair. I was on the Board of Directors for a couple of years as well. Over the years I’ve done tours, made presentations at schools, created exhibitions and led walking tours. These days I’m happiest doing research to support the outreach activities of our committee.

I have learned so much here from the material, the other volunteers, and our visitors. I love having the opportunity to share that knowledge with others.”

Don McLeod

a picture of CLGA volunteer Don McLeod
A photo of CLGA volunteer Don McLeod.

 

Don McLeod has volunteered at the CLGA since 1984. He does public service on Tuesday nights and has also spent a great deal of time conducting research there for his own articles and books. Don finds volunteering at the CLGA rewarding because of the depth and breadth of the collections, the camaraderie of the volunteers, and the opportunity to meet and help a wide variety of researchers. Last November we announced his new book Gay Liberation in Canada: A Selected Annotated Chronology, 1976-1981.

Mario Ciancibello

a picture of CLGA volunteer Mario Ciancibello
A Photo of CLGA volunteer Mario Ciancibello

 

Joined the CLGA in 1996, and for more than 20 years has been our tireless IT-Guy and OS programmer.  He came to the archives with vast experience in computing, fondly remembering the blinking lights of the IBM mainframes of yore.  In the late ‘90s the archives had but 3 desktop computers.  In 2009, we received a grant for a server and 9 workstations, enabling us to have a bonafide computer network to run the InMagic database system; and Mario put it all together.  Working with the Operations Committee, Mario is responsible for creating and maintaining the Global Catalogue and other record-keeping applications, as well as the upkeep and troubleshooting of our computers and Windows operating systems.

Alan Miller

a picture of CLGA volunteer Alan Miller
A photo of CLGA volunteer Alan Miller from Volunteer Toronto 2015.

For forty one years, Alan Miller has been volunteering as an archivist with the CLGA. With professional experience at the Ontario Ministry of Labour Library and the Ryerson University Library, Alan has brought his experience to a number of valuable projects with the CLGA. These includes the publication of three AIDS bibliographies in the early 1980s. Alan also compiled the guide “Our Own Voices: A Directory of Lesbian and Gay Periodicals, 1890s to 2000s,” which lists 7200 LGBTQ2+ periodicals (most of which are held at the CLGA), and recently worked on digitizing key Canadian and international LGBTQ2+ periodicals.

Dennis Findlay

A photo of Dennis Findlay in our reading room.
A photo of Dennis Findlay in our reading room.

Dennis Findlay is the President of the CLGA, and has been volunteering at the CLGA for nearly ten years now. Dennis was awarded the Community One Foundation’s Steinert & Ferreiro Award in 2017 for a lifetime of work advocating for the LGBTQ2+ community, work he has been doing in Toronto since the 1970s. Following the city’s bathhouse raids in 1981, Dennis became involved in the Right to Privacy Committee, and was instrumental in the defense of the accused following that raids. Dennis is featured in the documentary Track Two for this important advocacy. In addition to his work with the CLGA, he has volunteered with Pink Triangle Press, opened a bakery, and formed the organizations Gay Court Watch and Gay Street Patrol, both groups created to support LGBTQ2+ people being targeted either in court or on the streets of Toronto.

If you want to learn more about our volunteers past and present, please check out our posts from National Volunteer Week 2017, and National Volunteer Week 2016.

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National Volunteer Week: Celebrating the Value of Volunteering!

National Volunteer Week: Celebrating the Value of Volunteering!

National Volunteer Week 2018: Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community

We wouldn’t be the world’s largest independent LGBTQ2+ Archive in the world without the tireless support and commitment of our volunteers. This has included in 2017, the CLGA being donated over 13,000 hours of volunteer time by 165 volunteers. Last year marked a celebration for six people who are part of our team – they were all honoured with 2017 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards.

 

Erica Lee

a picture of CLGA volunteer Erica Lee
Photo of Erica Lee from 2016.

 

Erica Lee has been part of the archives since December 2004.  She has worked on a wide selection of our holdings including the vertical files and rare book collections.  Currently, she is helping to maintain, organize, and describe the CLGA’s records – she is working on of the Archives of the Archives. Correspondence from over 25 years ago, minutes to meetings attended by some of the founding members and the documents that describe the activities and impacts the archives has done and had over the years.

It’s the fact that the CLGA is a community driven organization and her contributions will inform future generations that keeps her coming back.

 

Kate Zieman

a picture of CLGA volunteer Kate Zieman holding up a book titled “The Homosexual Explosion”, by Norm Winski.
a picture of CLGA volunteer Kate Zieman holding up a book titled “The Homosexual Explosion”, by Norm Winski.

 

“I started volunteering at the CLGA in 2006, right around the time that I was beginning my Master of Information Studies program at U of T’s Faculty of Information Science (now called the ‘iSchool’).”

When I first started volunteering at the CLGA I was cataloguing rare books (including the lesbian pulp fiction novels, which I adore!), then after a couple of months I got involved with the newly-formed Community Engagement Committee. These days I’m the Secretary of that committee, but have also served as its Chair. I was on the Board of Directors for a couple of years as well. Over the years I’ve done tours, made presentations at schools, created exhibitions and led walking tours. These days I’m happiest doing research to support the outreach activities of our committee.

I have learned so much here from the material, the other volunteers, and our visitors. I love having the opportunity to share that knowledge with others.”

Don McLeod

a picture of CLGA volunteer Don McLeod
A photo of CLGA volunteer Don McLeod.

 

Don McLeod has volunteered at the CLGA since 1984. He does public service on Tuesday nights and has also spent a great deal of time conducting research there for his own articles and books. Don finds volunteering at the CLGA rewarding because of the depth and breadth of the collections, the camaraderie of the volunteers, and the opportunity to meet and help a wide variety of researchers. Last November we announced his new book Gay Liberation in Canada: A Selected Annotated Chronology, 1976-1981.

Mario Ciancibello

a picture of CLGA volunteer Mario Ciancibello
A Photo of CLGA volunteer Mario Ciancibello

 

Joined the CLGA in 1996, and for more than 20 years has been our tireless IT-Guy and OS programmer.  He came to the archives with vast experience in computing, fondly remembering the blinking lights of the IBM mainframes of yore.  In the late ‘90s the archives had but 3 desktop computers.  In 2009, we received a grant for a server and 9 workstations, enabling us to have a bonafide computer network to run the InMagic database system; and Mario put it all together.  Working with the Operations Committee, Mario is responsible for creating and maintaining the Global Catalogue and other record-keeping applications, as well as the upkeep and troubleshooting of our computers and Windows operating systems.

Alan Miller

a picture of CLGA volunteer Alan Miller
A photo of CLGA volunteer Alan Miller from Volunteer Toronto 2015.

For forty one years, Alan Miller has been volunteering as an archivist with the CLGA. With professional experience at the Ontario Ministry of Labour Library and the Ryerson University Library, Alan has brought his experience to a number of valuable projects with the CLGA. These includes the publication of three AIDS bibliographies in the early 1980s. Alan also compiled the guide “Our Own Voices: A Directory of Lesbian and Gay Periodicals, 1890s to 2000s,” which lists 7200 LGBTQ2+ periodicals (most of which are held at the CLGA), and recently worked on digitizing key Canadian and international LGBTQ2+ periodicals.

Dennis Findlay

A photo of Dennis Findlay in our reading room.
A photo of Dennis Findlay in our reading room.

Dennis Findlay is the President of the CLGA, and has been volunteering at the CLGA for nearly ten years now. Dennis was awarded the Community One Foundation’s Steinert & Ferreiro Award in 2017 for a lifetime of work advocating for the LGBTQ2+ community, work he has been doing in Toronto since the 1970s. Following the city’s bathhouse raids in 1981, Dennis became involved in the Right to Privacy Committee, and was instrumental in the defense of the accused following that raids. Dennis is featured in the documentary Track Two for this important advocacy. In addition to his work with the CLGA, he has volunteered with Pink Triangle Press, opened a bakery, and formed the organizations Gay Court Watch and Gay Street Patrol, both groups created to support LGBTQ2+ people being targeted either in court or on the streets of Toronto.

If you want to learn more about our volunteers past and present, please check out our posts from National Volunteer Week 2017, and National Volunteer Week 2016.

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Telephone: 416-777-2755
Email: queeries@clga.ca

Street Address:
34 Isabella Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1

Mailing Address:
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
P.O. Box 699
663A Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9

PUBLIC HOURS

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday

NOTE TO RESEARCHERS:
Some of our materials are stored off site. Before visiting the archives, please send us an email at queeries@clga.ca listing in detail the topics and sources that you wish to consult and we will let you know when they will be available. We aim to respond to email inquiries within 4 business days.

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE:

As we continue our efforts to make the CLGA more accessible, we are now renovating the front of the house to add a ramp to the front entrance. The exterior construction started Monday, September 17, 2018 and will continue until late November. The first steps will be working to fence off the tree at the front of the house. Please note that there will not be any construction work done during public service hours. Should there be any disruptions affecting our access to the front door and/or work in the house during this process, we will post a notice as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we try to make the CLGA more accessible to all. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the Executive Director, Raegan Swanson, at executivedirector@clga.ca

Update – Sep 27, 2018: The front door is currently not accessible due to construction. Please use the back door until further notice.


The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives is located on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat. Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The CLGA strives to gather the stories of the unheard and silenced voices of the 2SLGBTQ+ first peoples of this land. We acknowledge that some stories have already been lost, and we aim to ensure that those that remain and those that are to come are preserved for the future.