As the only openly 2SLGBTQ+ candidate in the Pembroke election, I will definitely continue to attend, support, and participate in Pride-related events and activities. In addition to my participation in these activities, I have also been involved in the planning of many of them, especially for youth. I had the privilege of being the program coordinator for the Rainbow Art Club program, which saw dozens of 2SLGBTQ+ youth access art lessons and mentoring from 2SLGBTQ+ adults.
This is personal to me, not only as a Queer person myself, but as a mentor to many local 2SLGBTQ+ youths. Anti-2SLGBTQ+ language happens often in the Valley – Just last week, I was in a restaurant in a nearby town and at the table next to me there were a couple of people complaining that Pembroke now raised the pride flag every June for pride month saying that they would hate to see that happen in their community.
As City Councillor, I will ensure that all decisions I make include an equity lens. One key component of the Team Forward platform is to develop pathways for under-represented members of the community to access leadership positions within the City of Pembroke,
including political roles and management. This includes committee positions - The diversity committee shouldn’t be the only diverse committee. In my opinion, more diverse leadership will lead to better decisions.
Absolutely. I have and will continue to attend these types of training. I believe that councillors should always be learning more, so we can make better decisions. I also hope to also bring that voice to the council table, to encourage other councillors to learn and attend Pride events.