at a Glance
Essie's Place was created to honor someone, who knew only too well, what it was like to be unable to find safe spaces to be who she really was. She left us far too young and as a gay woman who hadn't fully experienced the feeling of being completely out and completely safe in her community . Her widow, who was born and raised in the Shuswap, and those who loved her, want to change that.
What We Do
We are an organization formed by people who have a lifetime of LGBTIQ2SA+ lived experience, as well as the knowledge, skills, background and experience to do this right. We know what it is like to grow up during a time when being gay , out and proud was not ok in the Shuswap, as well as many other places in Canada. We know for those who live it, it's still not ok in all the ways it should be. We want to support people from the LGBTIQ2+ community to make their lives better, no matter who you love or what direction your gender takes you in . Simply put.....
We think all of this diversity is simply magnificent !
Our Focus Areas
Creating safe spaces through creating healthy community connections throughout the Shuswap Region
Community Research- Learning about the Quality of Life (QOL) levelsof the Shuswap's LGBTIQ2SA+ Community
Using first voice guidance to improve supports and resources for people who are trans, people with intersex conditions or with people on different gender journeys
“One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy”