Each year, Otafest selects a local charitable cause to support. Please help us reach our $5,000 goal to support the local community and remember to attend closing ceremonies for our traditional fun and often embarrassing games for our planning team!
Skipping Stone

This Year's Charity

Otafest 2020’s charity initiative supports the Skipping Stone Foundation.

Skipping Stone connects trans and gender diverse youth, adults, and families with comprehensive and low barrier access to the support they need and deserve.

Founded in 2016 with the goal of providing trans and gender diverse youth positive and affirming opportunities surrounding their gender identity and expression through providing scholarships and community building events, Skipping Stone grew to act as a system and services guide, assisting the youth and families in accessing supports and navigating the system, including health care, education and social services.

In 2017 Skipping Stone started to act as direct service provider and in 2018 it launched its unique, innovative, community-driven, comprehensive care model. By 2019 Skipping Stone had provided life-changing services to thousands of trans and gender diverse youth, families and adults across the province.

Services

Skipping Stone provides a variety of services, including:
  • One on one peer mentoring for youth, parents and caregivers
  • Group programming, which includes discussions, film screenings, education, creative outlets, guest speakers, etc.
  • Making gender affirming gear available to trans and gender diverse individuals
  • Exploration of Fashion and Style for trans and gender diverse individuals
  • Community events
  • Mental health and Counselling services
  • Medical Services
  • System Navigation

Goals

Otafest strives to create an inclusive community through all of our events and interactions. Skipping Stone’s values of empowerment, support and love strongly align with ours, and together we look forward to creating a positive, affirming, inclusive, and diverse community. Support Skipping Stone by participating in our charity offerings at Otafest 2020:
  • Otafest Charity Auction,
  • Maid Cafe,
  • Angel Passes,
  • Sketch Drive,
  • Donation Collection Jars,
  • Cards Against Otafest,
  • and more!
Please help us reach our $5,000 goal to support local community and remember to attend closing ceremonies for our traditional fundraising announcement which includes some fun and (often embarrassing) games for our planning team!