Alyx has offered trainings for 10 years, and has expertise working with organizations who serve children, youth, and families.
For the past 10 years, I have been organizing alongside trans communities for systemic changes that will improve the accessibility and delivery of services to trans people. Education has been a central component of this work. I have facilitated workshops for health authorities, provincial government agencies, municipal governments, businesses, and non-profits. The past 5 years I have participated in this work in Victoria, on the territories of the Esquimalt, Songhees and W̱SÁNEĆ people, where I live as an uninvited white settler with my family.
My approach and knowledge in this work has been most significantly impacted by the struggles trans children, youth, and their parents/caregivers experience when trying to access care and support. In 2016, I started a support group for parents and caregivers of young trans people. The following year, I co-founded a family drop-in program for young trans people and their families. Through Ambit, I’ve worked with the Greater Victoria School District in the implementation of their Gender Identity and Gender Expression policy, which includes doing workshops with school staff and parents across the district. Beyond facilitating programs and supporting youth, families, and service providers locally, I am also member of the Canadian Professional Association of Transgender Health (CPATH)’s Child and Youth Committee and have worked with Trans Care BC on the development of their education and training materials. Currently, I am a Master’s of Social Work student at the University of Victoria completing thesis research about trans children’s citizenship, and studying how trans youth and supportive parents/caregivers experience ‘care’.
Central to my facilitation philosophy and style is accessibility and a commitment to transformative justice. I believe that relationships are crucial to social change, and therefore I strive to be engaged, approachable, and to welcome questions and uncertainty. At the heart of why I do this work is the dream of a (near!) future where trans people, particularly marginalized trans people, know safety, justice, and the freedom of unrestrained possibility.