submitted by Jill Sturdy, Municipality of NG
The Municipality of North Grenville is celebrating Pride during the month of June. In 2020, Council declared in perpetuity, the month of June as 2SLGBTQIA+ Pride Month for the Municipality of North Grenville and will fly the Pride Flag at the Municipal Centre.
“The flag raising ceremony, and the annual proclamation of Pride Month reflects our community’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity,” highlighted Mayor Nancy Peckford. “Pride Month is dedicated to uplifting and celebrating diverse voices within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.”
“North Grenville is well known for being an exceptionally caring and compassionate place. It is important that this care extends to all members of our community, particularly our youth,” noted Mayor Peckford. “We all have the right to belong, no matter our gender or sexual identity.”
“This is an opportunity to learn about the history of marginalized groups and to acknowledge our role in addressing the current challenges that individuals and groups continue to face. It is also a reinforcement of our commitment to inclusivity, acceptance and allyship. We are stronger, together,” added Councillor Kristin Strackerjan.
North Grenville’s Council also recognizes the leadership of two community not-for-profit groups, NG Pride and North Grenville Rainbow Youth Alliance.
NG Pride was established in 2018 to support the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in the Municipality of North Grenville. They also plan, fund, and organize Pride activities – including the annual Pride Parade – to support 2SLGBTQIA+ people and their families.
North Grenville Rainbow Youth Alliance, was established with a mission to “create a safe space where all 2SLGBTQIA+ identifying and questioning youth can come together to foster friendships, experience creativity and gain confidence.”
“We have recently partnered with the Kemptville Youth Centre to offer a safe space to host events for youth and their families,” emphasized Melissa Button, Chair of North Grenville Rainbow Youth Alliance.
“We are so pleased to see the strong and vibrant leadership of the Pride community in North Grenville,” added Deputy Mayor John Barclay.
NG Pride held its annual Pride Parade on Saturday, June 3. For more information on Pride festivities and to get involved visit www.ngpride.ca.