1. An emphatic yes I will continue to be a strong voice of support for Arnprior Prides initiatives. I would like to see Arnprior Prides events happen regularly throughout the year in conjunction with municipal government and other supporting groups. My family has been a proud supporter of Pflag in Renfrew County for years. We have walked in the Pride Walk in Pembroke, we have supported events put on in Renfrew, and of course all of our great events here in our town.
I followed council closely during the discussion around the trans flag crosswalk. I disagree with their decision, and I fully support a trans crosswalk.
I have seen how Pride activities have grown throughout the county over the years and I would support Arnprior Pride in growing their events and initiatives to help bring more awareness and acceptance to our town.
2. I believe that Arnprior Pride is an important group and strong advocate for members of our community. The first thing the new council needs to do is to meet with Arnprior Pride and listen to their desires and goals for the organization and listen to them about what they are looking for from council.
For me personally, I will ensure I will not only attend Arnprior Pride events, but fully support them. For me it’s not just about photo opportunities, but a chance to show my support and interest in what the people of Arnprior have to say. To me it just makes sense to ensure that communities with vulnerable members feel safe, supported and heard.
3. Education. Education and communication are key to helping create a safe and inclusive community for LGBTQ2S+ youth and adults. I would like to work with our local library with the creation of a human library in where we can have conversations designed to challenge stigmas and stereotypes.
As a member of council, I would work with Arnprior Pride on finding and sourcing available grants to help support Arnprior Pride put on larger events during Pride Month and other events throughout the year.
In Closing, I have and always will be an ally and advocate for the LGBTQ2S+ community. I have been advocating for the LGBTQ2S+ community since my early days as a social service worker, now as a father of children who are members or the LGBTQ2S+ community, my advocating has only grown louder and stronger.
If elected to council, I will bring my advocacy, and listening skills to council to ensure that all of our town is properly listened to and heard.