Active Listener and Marshal Training 2014

It’s that time of year… we need YOU to volunteer to help make the 2014 World Pride Dyke March the best one ever! Training and support will be provided for all positions! Sign up to volunteer here!

We are holding a training session for two volunteer roles:

3 hours plus training.
Or 2:30pm-4:30pm (if you are not marching)

Active Listeners are a vital part of the Dyke March and will be most needed after the March. The March can be intense and Active Listening is one way we take care of each other and our community. Active Listeners support Marchers by compassionately listening to march experiences, especially experiences that are upsetting or negative. All Active Listeners will be trained in advance and will have group debrief following their shift. Queer women/dyke-spectrum volunteers preferred (but not required).


4 hours plus training.

Marshals are the worker bees of the Dyke March and they are ESSENTIAL. As a Marshal, you will be buzzing along the route, making sure all the marchers get from the start to the end safely. Marshals can also lead chants, and they help make sure any incidents are reported and handled by the Dyke March Team. There will be mandatory training for all Marshals before the March. Marshal experience is an asset. This position involves a lot of walking. Queer women/dyke-spectrum volunteers required.

Join us to learn these great skills!

Active Listener Training with Pat Chastang

Saturday, June 14, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Meeting Room, Parliament Street Branch of the Toronto Public
269 Gerrard Street East

Wheelchair accessible space: Please speak to library staff to use the elevator.
Light snacks provided.
Child-friendly space.
Gender neutral washroom available.

Active Listening is a practice of engagement in someone’s lived experience. Being listened to deeply can be profoundly validating, provide comfort, can help bring clarity to a situation, and can help prevent or deescalate conflicts.

The Dyke March has volunteer active listeners on site after the March so that people who have experiences in or around the Dyke March that they would like to talk to someone about can do so. People come to the Dyke March with different expectations, experiences and investments, and being able to debrief when something is intense, troubling or overwhelming helps to ensure that everyone has the best Dyke March experience possible. Active Listening is part of how our communities can support and take care of each other!

We are excited to have Pat Chastang facilitating this training!

Patricia Chastang a mediator with St. Stephen’s Community House since 2011. Patricia has been active in conflict resolution in the community and workplace for three years. She has trained people in workplaces, schools, and universities (York University and Humber College). She is particularly interested in working with and training youth, and groups involved in social justice and issues relating to cultural awareness and human rights.

Pat helped St. Stephen’s outreach to communities in North York and Etobicoke so that the free community service may be offered to a larger group of citizens. In addition to her work with CRT, Patricia has worked in communities across Toronto during her time as a constituency assistant and executive assistant for two city councillors


Marshal Training

Saturday, June 14, 2014
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Meeting Room, Parliament Street Branch of the Toronto Public Library
269 Gerrard Street East

Wheelchair accessible space: Please speak to library staff to use the elevator.
Light snacks provided.
Child-friendly space.
Gender neutral washroom available.

Marshals are essential for any march. They create the container for the march to take place in. They help keep everyone safe, and help deal with any issues that come up. Our marshals help everyone’s experience at the Dyke March be the best it can be!

Dyke March Marshals:
– do not tell anyone they can or can’t march
– activate the chain of communication for any issues
– help control the pace of the March
– help create a fun, welcoming space for all marchers
– let marchers know what supports are available
– report all issues to the Dyke March Team

Come learn more about this essential activist skill! Help us uphold our goal to “organize a political and celebratory march created by and for dykes across the spectrum.” Help our communities take care of each other!

Contact Us!

Facebook: DykeMarch Toronto
Twitter: @dykemarchTO
Instagram: @dykemarchto





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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