2013 Call for Volunteers

The Toronto Dyke March is ramping up for 2013 and we need your help!

Dyke March at Trans March 2011 - Jocelyn Reynolds

We are seeking a diversity of lesbian, bi and queer women as well as dyke-identified trans and 2-Spirit people who would like to help organise this year’s Dyke March and affiliated events, including parties, panels, political actions, and community art projects.

We need both experienced members and those seeking to develop new skills. We need help with event coordination, fundraising and budgeting, graphic and web design, social media, marketing, blogging, community outreach, volunteer coordination, and political action.

Join the team! DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 27, 2013
To apply, send us brief explanations of 1) why you would like to be involved, 2) your qualities and experience as well as 3) the skills you would like to develop and your overall areas of interest.

Feel free to submit your answers by filling out this form: Dyke March 2013 Application

Applicants may include a resume (optional). You are encouraged to self identity. Queer people of colour, Indigenous dykes and 2-Spirit people, and trans folks strongly encouraged to apply.

Questions? Email us or come by our VOLUNTEER INFO SESSION
Saturday, February 23, 2013
1:00-3:00pm – drop-in
The 519 – room 303

Email: dykemarchto@gmail.com
Facebook: DykeMarch Toronto
Twitter: @dykemarchTO

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About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need — and demand — more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
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2 Responses to 2013 Call for Volunteers

  1. Debbie says:

    How about losing the corporate logos? It is disheartening to see the volunteers in TD bank tshirts. That’s what makes so any of us feel unsafe. The dyke march was conceived of as an anti-corporate space. The ways that you have allowed it to be cooped is why so many of us don’t go anymore.

    • Thank you so much for your comment and for raising this concern. We also struggle a lot with the corporatization of Pride, especially as dykes and queers working critically within (and often in resistance to) its structure. The branded volunteer t-shirt is a concrete example of the impact these corporate sponsorships are having, and this is really important for us to know. The tees came up at the Town Hall Meeting too and the Dyke March Team is actively working on this issue. For example, we are hoping to have a volunteer team of Active Listeners on site in Allan Gardens at the end of the Dyke Marc. These Active Listeners will listen compassionately to people’s March experiences, especially ones that are upsetting and overwhelming. We recognize that these volunteers cannot be wearing Pride t-shirts. If you know anyone who would be able to volunteer for this, please put them in touch with us! We are exploring other options too, but is there anything you would like us to take on this year? What do you think would help? Feel free to post suggestions here, to email us at dykemarchto@gmail.com or to connect with us at our upcoming events. Thanks again!

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