Positive Space Consulting loves to work with individuals and organizations (large and small) to help answer or discuss any questions or content related to the LGBTQ2S+ community and how to create and/or maintain an inclusive space, practice or home!
We are here to help! We believe that there are no silly questions and that vulnerability is brave!
Our team is made up of Masters level experts in education, diversity and inclusion!
Coming out to yourself can be the most complex thing we attempt to unpack. Often we are faced with confusion around what it means to be a part of the LGBTQ2S+ community and where we fit! Our LGBTQ2S+ consulting services are an opportunity for you to explore more aspects of yourself. This is also an opportunity to ask questions for understanding and solidarity around other members in your new community!
Coming out to your family or having a child, partner or sibling come out to you, while it is an amazing opportunity for honest and authentic dialogue, sometimes it just doesn’t go as planned. It is often an exchange that is highly emotionally charged and that too often causes hurt. The root to this hurt can be projection, confusion, denial, misinformation, guilt, shame, expectations etc.
Unfortunately, finding a safe place to ask questions about yourself and others can be challenging - this is where we come in!
We offer support to anyone experiencing the above dynamics. We use an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed approach that includes a combination of peer support, education, mediation and most importantly affirmation! Despite how complex and heavy these conversations can be, showing up for yourself and/or family deserves recognition!
Our services can be as casual as a conversation around accessibility and inclusivity of your current practices or as formal as customized professional development training or review of policies and procedures.
This process requires communication and collaboration and our rates and approach are based on each unique portfolio and as a result of the customized work produced. We work with you to create a plan both practically and financially that is mutually agreeable and reflects our commitment to social justice!
Do you have an employee or student who identifies as Transgender? Are you unsure of how to support them in their transition? PSC could provide 1:1 consultation with you to help with education and general best practices for affirming language, culture and logistics. PSC could also provide customized interventions such as training, education or management consultations.
Workshop Facilitator & Community Educator
Rachael was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. Rachael completed a Recreation Management (B.Sc. B.Mgmt) degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia while playing varsity basketball for 5 years. After her undergraduate degree, Rachael pursued her dream of being an elementary physical education teacher and completed her B.Ed at St. Francis Xavier (St.FX) University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Since graduating from St. FX, Rachael moved home to Ontario to pursue teaching and to be closer to family and friends. Aside from teaching in the classroom, Rachael is an active member of the LGBTQ community who promotes equality and inclusion. Her passion for social justice has helped develop her into a proud LGBTQ advocate and public speaker. Rachael has also completed her Master of Education degree this past summer and is now a newly published author.
Rachael is thrilled to be a part of the PSC family and is excited to promote respect, empathy and understanding in the workplace
Charlotte's background includes years of management, policy/ procedure development and implementation, staff engagement, training, program design, social advocacy, as well as front line clinical individual counselling and crisis intervention.
Charlotte has unique training to reinvent and question traditional methods of facilitating and teaching using art-based techniques and an anti-oppressive lens. This approach is what sets PSC's Training apart. Charlotte has a deep understanding and commitment to making education and learning relevant, accessible and impactful.