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A Night to Celebrate Our Guardians

A Night to Celebrate Our Guardians

A Night to Celebrate Our Guardians

By Jessica Taylor

A Night to Celebrate Our Guardians

On September 26, 2019 we held our annual appreciation of our longstanding supporters, the Guardians of The ArQuives, at the Textile Museum of Canada. It was a lively evening attended by 55 people and full of food, drink, and celebration of our achievements over the past year and the part our donors played in making that work happen.

The space was donated by the Textile Museum and Robert Windrum, current board member at the Textile Museum and former president of The ArQuives, and one of the initial driving forces behind the Guardians program. The Guardians of the Archives was established in 2013 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The ArQuives. Guardians are individuals and organizations who generously commit at least $1,000 per year to help The ArQuives collect, preserve, and tell our stories.

Board Members and Staff. From left to right: Marcos Persaud, Jennifer Aja Fernandes, Ana Rita Morais, and Justin Hughes-Jones.
Pictured (L-R): Marcos Persaud, Jennifer Aja Fernandes, Ana Rita Morais, and Justin Hughes-Jones.
Anthony Brum, Michael Pereira, and John Crawford.
Pictured (L-R): Anthony Brum, Michael Pereira, and John Crawford
Ana Rita Morais and Lisa Kiss.
Pictured (L-R): Ana Rita Morais and Lisa Kiss.

One of the highlights of the night was Executive Director Raegan Swanson’s presentation of the new online collections portal which allows anyone with an internet connection to search our collection, including our many digitized artifacts. Funds from the Guardians were specifically directed to this project of making our collection more widely accessible. During the event Raegan prompted attendees to use the computers distributed around the room to search the collection and see all the contributions they themselves had made to LGBTQ2+ history in Canada.

Photo: ArQuives Executive Director Raegan Swanson presents the new online collections portal to our Guardians.
ArQuives Executive Director Raegan Swanson presents the new online collections portal to our Guardians.
À la Carte staff, Lucie Handley-Girard, Ariana Ho, Gerry Hunt, Ed Jackson, and David Rayside.
Pictured (L-R): À la Carte staff, Lucie Handley-Girard, Ariana Ho, Gerry Hunt, Ed Jackson, and David Rayside.

À la Carte Catering, whose director of sales Ossian Ghazal has been a longstanding supporter of The ArQuives, put on a tremendous spread of canapés and other treats, and arranged for the wine and beer to be donated from Mark Anthony Wine & Spirits and Muskoka Brewery. After all the celebrating, attendees wandered through the exhibit Tapestry of Spirit: The Torah Stitch by Stitch Project, a social textile project lead by Toronto artist Temma Gentles that asked volunteers of all faiths from 28 countries to cross-stitch their interpretations of the first five books of the Bible. This ambitious project, itself begun in 2013, reminds us that our own work at The ArQuives relies on the volunteers and supporters who contribute their money, creativity, personal and organizational materials, and time to tell the joint story we hope to be able to tell for many years to come.

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A Night to Celebrate Our Guardians

A Night to Celebrate Our Guardians

By Jessica Taylor

A Night to Celebrate Our Guardians

On September 26, 2019 we held our annual appreciation of our longstanding supporters, the Guardians of The ArQuives, at the Textile Museum of Canada. It was a lively evening attended by 55 people and full of food, drink, and celebration of our achievements over the past year and the part our donors played in making that work happen.

The space was donated by the Textile Museum and Robert Windrum, current board member at the Textile Museum and former president of The ArQuives, and one of the initial driving forces behind the Guardians program. The Guardians of the Archives was established in 2013 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The ArQuives. Guardians are individuals and organizations who generously commit at least $1,000 per year to help The ArQuives collect, preserve, and tell our stories.

Board Members and Staff. From left to right: Marcos Persaud, Jennifer Aja Fernandes, Ana Rita Morais, and Justin Hughes-Jones.
Pictured (L-R): Marcos Persaud, Jennifer Aja Fernandes, Ana Rita Morais, and Justin Hughes-Jones.
Anthony Brum, Michael Pereira, and John Crawford.
Pictured (L-R): Anthony Brum, Michael Pereira, and John Crawford
Ana Rita Morais and Lisa Kiss.
Pictured (L-R): Ana Rita Morais and Lisa Kiss.

One of the highlights of the night was Executive Director Raegan Swanson’s presentation of the new online collections portal which allows anyone with an internet connection to search our collection, including our many digitized artifacts. Funds from the Guardians were specifically directed to this project of making our collection more widely accessible. During the event Raegan prompted attendees to use the computers distributed around the room to search the collection and see all the contributions they themselves had made to LGBTQ2+ history in Canada.

Photo: ArQuives Executive Director Raegan Swanson presents the new online collections portal to our Guardians.
ArQuives Executive Director Raegan Swanson presents the new online collections portal to our Guardians.
À la Carte staff, Lucie Handley-Girard, Ariana Ho, Gerry Hunt, Ed Jackson, and David Rayside.
Pictured (L-R): À la Carte staff, Lucie Handley-Girard, Ariana Ho, Gerry Hunt, Ed Jackson, and David Rayside.

À la Carte Catering, whose director of sales Ossian Ghazal has been a longstanding supporter of The ArQuives, put on a tremendous spread of canapés and other treats, and arranged for the wine and beer to be donated from Mark Anthony Wine & Spirits and Muskoka Brewery. After all the celebrating, attendees wandered through the exhibit Tapestry of Spirit: The Torah Stitch by Stitch Project, a social textile project lead by Toronto artist Temma Gentles that asked volunteers of all faiths from 28 countries to cross-stitch their interpretations of the first five books of the Bible. This ambitious project, itself begun in 2013, reminds us that our own work at The ArQuives relies on the volunteers and supporters who contribute their money, creativity, personal and organizational materials, and time to tell the joint story we hope to be able to tell for many years to come.

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Some of our materials are stored off site. Before visiting the archives, please send us an email at queeries@arquives.ca listing in detail the topics and sources that you wish to consult and we will let you know when they will be available. We aim to respond to email inquiries within 4 business days.


The ArQuives is located on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat. Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The ArQuives strives to gather the stories of the unheard and silenced voices of the 2SLGBTQ+ first peoples of this land. We acknowledge that some stories have already been lost, and we aim to ensure that those that remain and those that are to come are preserved for the future.