Spreading Holiday Queer - Mpowerment Fraser



Join your friends at Mpowerment as we attend the annual Winter Jubilee in Abby’s Historic Downtown. Check out the vendors, drink hot cocoa, and listen to some music! We will take a break at Oldhand to warm up and chat about inclusion – how we can make spaces safer and more accessible as we navigate our own lives and experiences.

We will be meeting outside Oldhand Coffee (2617 Pauline Street) between 5 and 5:25 PM, and will walk as a group to the Winter Jubilee in Downtown Abbotsford (mostly on Montrose Avenue), and return to Oldhand at 7 PM for drinks and socializing. Mpowerment will cover your hot drinks and snacks, so bring yourself – this event is FREE :)


Mpowerment is a queer-centered, trans-inclusive, and gender affirming space for young adults (19 - 29 years old) to meet, make friends, and talk about the highs and lows of sex, drugs, relationships and all the things that bring us pleasure. We work to create safer spaces for all young people including those of us living with HIV. 

This event will be taking place on the shared traditional ancestral territory of the Sumas First Nation and the Matsqui First Nation; both of these First Nations are part of the Stó:lō Nation.



The Winter Jubilee is an outdoor event, subject to inclement weather. It could be quite cold, rainy, icy, and/or snowy, so participants are advised to wear clothing that will keep them warm and comfortable. The roads may be slippery, and due to the availability of food and public nature of the event, there may be potential for exposure to allergens. There are no public washrooms in Downtown Abbotsford.


Oldhand Coffee’s front door may limit accessibility, but the space itself is relatively open. There are washrooms in the space. Because many baked goods are produced there, the space will not be scent or allergen reduced.

Both the Winter Jubilee and Oldhand are relatively accessible by public transit, but if you have transportation needs, please message the Mpowerment Fraser page or contact MP at mpgallard@youthco.org

This event is FREE and open to youth ages 19-29 years old. 

If you have any other access needs not mentioned above or want to get in touch, please contact MP at mpgallard@youthco.org

December 01, 2018 at 5pm - 8pm
Historic Downtown Abbotsford
MP Gallard ·

Will you come?

YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!