Archive for September, 2012

A Fantasy Come to Life, with Ça Marche choreographer Claire Lyke

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Prepare your glittery glam sparkles and your divine dancing shoes, ‘cause this Sunday Head & Hands is shimmyin’ and shakin’ all over downtown Montreal as part of Ça Marche, the Farha Foundation’s HIV/AIDS walk! We caught up with Claire Lyke, Ça Marche choreographer for the second year in a row to find out what to kind of moves to expect, and she responded with this little video.

Yes, in short, you can expect a lot of sass and glam this Sunday. And for Claire, each dancer will bring their own flair: “Just like you can walk [in Ça Marche] for a thousand reasons, you can dance for a thousand reasons. For me, when we are out there dancing it is about choosing to live our sex lives with pizzazz—bunches of it!”

This isn’t the first time monthly donor Claire has filled the role of Ça Marche choreographer, so we asked why! Why would she wake up early on a Sunday, rain or shine, to holler herself hoarse for hours to a bunch of spandex-clad youth-health service supporters? “As a queer identified person, I desperately wish I’d had Sense Project animators come give workshops in my high school. Sex-positive workshops on consent, STIs, conception, gender orientation and more? Yes please! Helping to make this happen by leading a pack of dreamy dancers through the street is like a fantasy come to life.”

Well Claire, Ça Marche is like a fantasy come to life for us too! With DJ Tamika (Cousins, Faggity Ass Fridays) on the battery-powered decks and lots of glitter to go around thanks to Salon Identité co owner and Head & Hands boardie Dave Landry, we hope you’ll join us, and bring your groove along, too.

Claire Lyke’s dance studio, Studio des Bêtes Dansantes is famous for it’s amazingly fun “Queer Dance Classes for Everyone”.

September is Ça Marche month on the blog! Let’s come together for the Farha Foundation’s walk on September 30th, and raise money for our HIV prevention, education, and support services for youth. Join our team, make a donation, get involved!

Rock Camp For Girls Loves Us!

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Photo by/par Lainie Basman

Rock Camp for Girls is supporting us in Ça Marche this year! Why?

“As volunteers and members of a rockin’ community organization, we feel that it is important to be able to give back to our community and participate in events such as Ça Marche. Because we want to support Montreal youth, all funds raised by our team will go to Head & Hands, a youth services organization in NDG dedicated to providing safer sex education to youth in Montreal.”

September is Ça Marche month on the blog! Let’s come together for the Farha Foundation’s walk on September 30th, and raise money for our HIV prevention, education, and support services for youth. Join our team, make a donation, get involved!

Internship Offer: Volunteer Training Coordinator

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Does your program require you to do an internships, stage, or placement? Do you want to do it at a community organization whose approach is holistic, empowering, and harm-reductive? Are you seeking an internship to develop your skills in program planning and facilitation? We’re looking for you!

We’re seeking an intern who will work about 10 hours or two days a week for the full academic year. In collaboration with their supervisor, the intern will design, publicize, and co-facilitate a 30-hour training program for front desk volunteers.

The ideal candidate is:

  • Committed to the H&H mission, vision, and approach
  • Self-directed and independent
  • Ready to contribute their ideas about addressing sexism, racism, transphobia, and other forms of oppression in a volunteer training setting
  • Bilingual
  • Comfortable animating groups and navigating group dynamics
  • Available Thursday evenings and one other day/afternoon/evening per week

If you’re interested, email info@headandhands.ca ASAP and let us know why you think you’d be a great candidate for this internship. Please attach your CV! Head & Hands recognizes the important experiences and perspectives brought to the table by those who are members of traditionally disadvantaged groups, and encourages candidates from those groups to apply.

Join Us for the 20th Edition of Ça Marche!

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September is Ça Marche month on the blog! Let’s come together for the Farha Foundation’s walk on September 30th, and raise money for our HIV prevention, education, and support services for youth. Join our team, make a donation, get involved!

This is Ça Marche’s 20th year, and this will be our 8th year participating, and as always, we’ll be DANCING instead of walking. Why do we dance? We dance because we want to celebrate the lives of people with HIV/AIDS in addition to commemorating those we’ve lost. We dance to celebrate the joys of working with youth, empowering them by providing information, testing, safer sex supplies, and non-judgemental counseling.

Our Ça Marche campaign supports two vital youth services: our medical clinics and our peer-based sex education program, the Sense Project. Last year, nearly 700 people accessed our clinics, and we reached 1389 participants through Sense. Help us reach even more youth this year!