LGBTQ2S+ community centre opening in Stratford


A LGBTQ2S+ community centre has launched in Stratford, and will serve as an information and social hub for the community.

The Stratford Pride Community Centre was formed by a group of local residents. It was created with the idea of serving residents of Stratford and Perth County, visitors, and anyone looking for a new home city

According to a news release, the centre is opening in a phased approach, with phase one starting on Wednesday. First the centre is offering a virtual site at The group plans to incorporate more community information when it is available.

The centre will begin immediately working on phase two, which will see the opening of a brick-and-mortar location in 2022. The building is expected to include information, a lending library and social activities, like coffee groups, games nights, a book club and movie nights.

“We believe the SPCC will advance Stratford as a progressive, inclusive and welcoming place to live, work, visit or do business,” Bruce Duncan Skeaff, a senior organizer with the centre, said in a news release. “This would also be a valuable resource for businesses and organizations wanting to learn how to be more LGBTQ-positive in their interactions with both clients/customers and staff.”

A GoFundMe donation request has also been set up on the website, to help the centre cover start-up costs.