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Who’s at The ArQuives, But Not at The ArQuives?

Who’s at The ArQuives, But Not at The ArQuives?

Who’s at The ArQuives, But Not at The ArQuives?

A Spotlight on Off-Site Volunteers

By Carmen Tang

Did you know that some of The ArQuives’ volunteers are not at The ArQuives? In today’s digital age, sometimes all we need is a computer with an internet connection to get the job done. That is the case with a number of our volunteer roles and tasks. Some roles, such as Collections Volunteer, require the volunteer to be on-site because they need direct access to our collections. Other roles don’t’ require onsite use of our resources, for example, Communications Volunteers who take care of our social media platforms can do it from any location with a computer and internet access. And then there are volunteer roles that are a mix of off-site and on-site work. For instance, Community Engagement Volunteers who do research to prepare for our tours and outreach events do so both on- and off-site. Most times, our volunteers originally started as volunteers on-site and in Toronto, but due to various reasons have moved out of the city. Instead of parting with The ArQuives, they find ways to keep giving their time in support of our mission. We cannot thank them enough for their continued dedication! 

Meet some of our volunteers who work off-site:


Doug Hanes, Community Engagement Volunteer

Doug Hanes
Community Engagement Volunteer

Doug has been a volunteer with The ArQuives since July 2017 and has chaired the Community Engagement Committee since the beginning of 2019. Originally from Los Angeles, Doug has a PhD in Political Science from McGill, and is currently (remotely) doing a postdoctoral research fellowship on LGBTQ Aging in the Public Health Department at Stony Brook University in New York. He loves getting to research, write, and deliver tours for The ArQuives because it combines his love of scholarship, LGBTQ2+ history, and education.

“I like to talk, and I like to do research, so volunteering at The ArQuives made perfect sense.”


Jessica Taylor, Communications Volunteer

Jessica Taylor
Communications Volunteer

Jessica Taylor is a writer, editor, and researcher. She’s currently a Research Associate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she moved with her wife from Toronto almost two years ago. She’s been a volunteer on the Communications Committee since 2017 and her most surprising find in The ArQuives was a historically significant light bulb.

“I love sharing the many stories of LGBTQ2+ history The ArQuives has and helping to create space for the stories we hope to have in the future. Also, since I moved down to the US, volunteering at The ArQuives is a connection with back home and Canada.”


Anthony Brum, Communications Volunteer

Anthony Brum
Communications Volunteer

Anthony lives in Oakville and works at Laurentian Bank Financial Groups in downtown Toronto. Currently studying for his LSATs and applying to law schools in Canada and the United States and engulfed in the book The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir. Anthony also loves reading manga, growing his plant collection, and spending copious amounts of time listening to podcasts. Volunteering reminds folks that individual impact does matter and that these small actions now can have ripple effects far greater than anyone can know at the time. 

“Queer stories demand space to be heard and listened to. I volunteer at The ArQuives because I love being able to see all the great collaborations and work being done, and it motivates me every day to know that I have a small hand in keeping Queer legacies alive.”

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Who’s at The ArQuives, But Not at The ArQuives?

Who’s at The ArQuives, But Not at The ArQuives?

A Spotlight on Off-Site Volunteers

By Carmen Tang

Did you know that some of The ArQuives’ volunteers are not at The ArQuives? In today’s digital age, sometimes all we need is a computer with an internet connection to get the job done. That is the case with a number of our volunteer roles and tasks. Some roles, such as Collections Volunteer, require the volunteer to be on-site because they need direct access to our collections. Other roles don’t’ require onsite use of our resources, for example, Communications Volunteers who take care of our social media platforms can do it from any location with a computer and internet access. And then there are volunteer roles that are a mix of off-site and on-site work. For instance, Community Engagement Volunteers who do research to prepare for our tours and outreach events do so both on- and off-site. Most times, our volunteers originally started as volunteers on-site and in Toronto, but due to various reasons have moved out of the city. Instead of parting with The ArQuives, they find ways to keep giving their time in support of our mission. We cannot thank them enough for their continued dedication! 

Meet some of our volunteers who work off-site:


Doug Hanes, Community Engagement Volunteer

Doug Hanes
Community Engagement Volunteer

Doug has been a volunteer with The ArQuives since July 2017 and has chaired the Community Engagement Committee since the beginning of 2019. Originally from Los Angeles, Doug has a PhD in Political Science from McGill, and is currently (remotely) doing a postdoctoral research fellowship on LGBTQ Aging in the Public Health Department at Stony Brook University in New York. He loves getting to research, write, and deliver tours for The ArQuives because it combines his love of scholarship, LGBTQ2+ history, and education.

“I like to talk, and I like to do research, so volunteering at The ArQuives made perfect sense.”


Jessica Taylor, Communications Volunteer

Jessica Taylor
Communications Volunteer

Jessica Taylor is a writer, editor, and researcher. She’s currently a Research Associate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she moved with her wife from Toronto almost two years ago. She’s been a volunteer on the Communications Committee since 2017 and her most surprising find in The ArQuives was a historically significant light bulb.

“I love sharing the many stories of LGBTQ2+ history The ArQuives has and helping to create space for the stories we hope to have in the future. Also, since I moved down to the US, volunteering at The ArQuives is a connection with back home and Canada.”


Anthony Brum, Communications Volunteer

Anthony Brum
Communications Volunteer

Anthony lives in Oakville and works at Laurentian Bank Financial Groups in downtown Toronto. Currently studying for his LSATs and applying to law schools in Canada and the United States and engulfed in the book The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir. Anthony also loves reading manga, growing his plant collection, and spending copious amounts of time listening to podcasts. Volunteering reminds folks that individual impact does matter and that these small actions now can have ripple effects far greater than anyone can know at the time. 

“Queer stories demand space to be heard and listened to. I volunteer at The ArQuives because I love being able to see all the great collaborations and work being done, and it motivates me every day to know that I have a small hand in keeping Queer legacies alive.”

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Telephone: 416-777-2755
Email: queeries@arquives.ca

Street Address:
34 Isabella Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1

Mailing Address:
The ArQuives
P.O. Box 699
663A Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9

PUBLIC HOURS

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday

Please note that The ArQuives offices will be closed for winter holidays from December 21, 2019 to January 6, 2020. We will resume normal hours on January 7, 2020. All reference requests made to queeries@arquives.ca after December 12, 2019 will be answered in January 2020.

NOTE TO RESEARCHERS:

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.

The ArQuives has an access ramp to the front door and a lift from the first floor to the second floor. There are volunteers available to operate the lift. 

 There is an accessible washroom on the first floor. All washrooms are gender-neutral. 

 The ArQuives is a scent-free environment. 

 Please contact The ArQuives if you have any specific questions about accessibility that we can help with at queeries@arquives.ca.