Both as a community member and a business owner (Little Things Canning Company)I have regularly supported PFLAG and PRIDE events in Pembroke. From sponsoring and supporting the pride festivals over the years, to attending the pride parade and events with my family and in-store fundraising. I have also suggested to and supported my teenager to volunteer in the past pride events. As a parent I think that it's important to teach my children as they grow into adults that inclusivity is important and we actively have those conversations in our home.
My business does have the PRIDE and PFLAG signs in the window year round not just in June, we are a safe space and we will continue to support both organizations and the 2SLBGTQ community regardless of the outcome of the election. As the sitting vice chair of the downtown PBIA, I was a part of the board that did support the downtown crosswalk being put into place. I fully supported that initiative and would continue to do so.
I feel that it is important to maintain an open dialog with both PFLAG and PRIDE regarding these issues. The police services board should also be involved in order to change the narrative and help support all of those in our community. Education is key and we as a community need to ensure that correct information is being shared to support our 2SLBGTQ youth and adults.
Absolutely! As previously stated, I feel that education is key and this is an amazing initiative that you have brought forward to offer to help educate those in our community who may not quite understand everything that they need to in order to be accepting and inclusive of all of our community members.