Chris Toner: Arnprior
I sure will, supporting local Pride initiatives within our town will only help create a more inclusive and safe community for our LGBTQ+ youth and adults to call home.
Honest disclosure: I was in support of one crosswalk; with the trans chevron incorporated into the rainbow, similar to the local Arnprior Pflag lawn signs. I still support this option.
Having an opportunity to meet and talk with Pride community members would be a great initiative for collaboration and transparency. Having an opportunity to share our similarities and differences will foster better understandings, can educate and hopefully create a more inclusive Arnprior. I would certainly gain from this experience and would feel more confident when speaking on LGBTQ+ issues. Building an open, honest and respectful working relationship with the Pride community will make me a better community leader.
The formation of the Inclusivity and Diversity Committee was forward progress and was a reactive response to a difficult time. Continuing to harness the successes of this committee and honest and respectful communication from everyone will lead to a more proactive approach in making Arnprior a safer and inclusive community. If we continue to educate ourselves, communicate and look for similarities in others rather than differences we might just turn into the happiest town around!
I came across the video years ago, it certainly resonates with me. Its from Denmark and title “TV2 All that we share”, it’s certainly worth a look. https://youtu.be/jD8tjhVO1Tc
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