1. Would you support a rainbow sidewalk in Renfrew, the first of its kind in Canada?
I would support a rainbow Sidewalk, and would work with Council to cover the initial cost of the sidewalk – ie painting eta. I would need to investigate the yearly cost to maintain the sidewalk, since I heard it is very expensive for upkeep. I have not confirmed that, I’m just going by what I have heard. If it’s not an expensive upkeep to maintain, I would recommend that the Town maintain, but if it was a big amount, I would work with council and the Renfrew Pride Committee to see if we could work together on maintaining the Rainbow Sidewalk.
2. How can the Town of Renfrew work with us to promote and expand the annual Pride events to attract even more participants from Renfrew and across Renfrew County?
The Town can promote your events by adding the event to all our media platforms, including our website. I would suggest Council to sit down with Renfrew Pride to discuss ways we could work together to help promote future events.
3. Do you have any other ideas or comments about how we can create a safe and inclusive community for LGBTQ youth and adults?
I believe the big piece would be though education and working with the Police and Board to see how we all could work together to make Renfrew safe for everyone. On the education piece, I must admit I wasn’t fully educated at first. I have sense taken on the lead roll with CARE BRG in Ontario and we work closely with the LGBTQ BRG, and this has opened my eyes and educated me. This type of education needs to be shared with the residences of Renfrew and surrounding area.
I hope I have answered your questions, and I want to Thank You for reaching out to me. If elected I will guarantee you, I will work with Renfrew Pride, Council, and the Residences of Renfrew to make sure we are all doing the right things to make Renfrew a safe place for everyone. If elected I would love to sit down with the Pride Committee, to hear from them on how we as council could help, promote, educate, and make Renfrew a safe place.