You Keep Us Going!
Quesnel is a very giving and caring community. And we depend on this community to keep moving forward. Your donations help us with support groups, bursaries, and annual operations. There is so much more we would like to do, and can do – with your help!
To recognize our outstanding sponsors, we have created a page just for you. Thank you - for all you do for the Quesnel Pride Society!
Event Sponsors June 7 & 10, 2023
Each of these sponsorships is approximately $1,000*
*Unless otherwise specified
Sponsors are encouraged to bring Sponsor Banners etc. to the event for exposure.
Key Event Sponsor 2023
DJ In The Park
We are seeking a sponsor(s) for our DJ events - in the park June 10, and at the after-party with returning DJ Riki Rocket!
PIZZAGEDDON returns! We are seeking a sponsor(s) for Pizzageddon the night of June 10.
We are seeking a sponsor(s) for the Pride Youth Bowling at REV Bowling Lanes
Youth & Volunteer Tees
We are seeking a sponsor(s) for our youth and volunteer tees
Designated Driver Team
Looking for sponsors for designated drivers.
We are looking for sponsor(s) for the entertainment at the afterparty -
Looking for sponsor(s)
Non-profit registration number is #S0071922 (British Columbia).
Why is this mission important?
Our own (2022) 3rd party market research found that here in Quesnel:
Half our respondents have been the subject of homophobic jokes
37% have been rejected by family and friends
25% have been threatened
4% have been assaulted
A 2021 report of BC schools found 62% of queer youth felt unsafe at school.
In 2021 Stats Canada reported queer Canadians were more likely than heterosexual Canadians to report that they consider their mental health to be poor or fair (32% versus 11%).
They were also more likely to have seriously contemplated suicide in their lifetimes (40% versus 15%) and to have been diagnosed with a mood or anxiety disorder (41% versus 16%).
When an LGBTQ young person has one affirming adult in their life, it can decrease their risk of attempting suicide by 40%. That is why programs such as our subsidized counselling for queer youth and young adults is so important.
How Do We Create A Safe Environment?
We perform 3rd party market research on the needs of our queer community (first in the Cariboo region);
we provide subsidized counselling for our youth and young adults;
we train our counsellors in queer issues;
we have Safe Space stickers for businesses supporting our queer community;
we create secure online spaces for our queer members to meet safely;
we start a Pflag chapter for families of LGBTQ2S+ (first in the Cariboo region);
we engage our broader community in raising awareness of problems that need to be addressed;
we engage our students and educators on the history of our queer community and the impact this has on interactions;
we fight homophobia when we see it;
we stand up against the normalization of hatred; and
we stand up against bullying - of any kind.
A thriving LGBTQ2S+ community in the north! And a future were kindness is our leading action.
The Quesnel Pride Society is a registered non-profit agency formally established in 2019 after 4 years of ad hoc events by volunteers and allies.
“Lost youth” is how the founding members of the Quesnel Pride Society described the queer youth they spoke with in Quesnel at the time the Pride Society was created. The founders took it upon themselves to visit local schools and talk to queer youth to let them know about the Pride Society and to find gaps in services. They found a gap in needing a safe space to meet for youth, and queer youth needing support services.
The registration number is #S0071922 (British Columbia).
It is a volunteer based society.
We value a safe space for queer people in Northern BC
We value a world in which all sexual and gender diversity thrives.
We value joyful and uplifting shared experiences.
We value shared experiences and partnerships to create dialogue and foster community.
We value a community that feels included and invested in our work and programs.
Meet the Team:
The Current 2022-2023 Board
2nd Vice President
Kassondra Schwab, Ashley Rodgers, Ellen Facey
2019 Founding Board Members
2nd Vice President
2nd Vice President