Almost twenty representatives from different organizations met at UQAM and officially founded the Multimundo Coalition at an assembly attended by close to thirty people. General rules were adopted and a four-member executive committee was elected.
Vanessa Dorvily and Benji Pereiras were named co-presidents, Nada was elected treasurer, and Mona Greenbaum was voted secretary. The board of directors will be made up of representatives from each of the voting organizations.
“Even then, we needed to discuss and meet with each other in order to break the isolation. Solitude itself isn’t the problem. The problem is that so many people feel alone,” explained co-president Benji Pereiras.
photo: Hugo Ducharme
The Canadian Mental Health Association then implemented Sortir ses couleurs, a first colloquium for queer members of ethnocultural communities that was held in Montréal.
But the organization’s major project is their participation in a cross-Canada research project studying queer individuals from ethnocultural minorities, the Homosexualité, vulnérabilité et resilience study. The Coalition will be a key player in establishing a Montréal base for the study, which has already received funding.
“This study matches the objectives the we have set for ourselves and it is crucial that LGBT ethnocultural groups are involved in the process, which will have a direct impact on our community,” stated Vanessa Dorvily.
This interesting name also speaks of ethnocultural realities by conveying the idea of a multiple world – a world with many facets, many cultures – just like the Coalition itself, which is sure to become increasingly important in our community.