We Won't Stop Until Every Queer Child, Youth, and Adult Feels Safe In Our Community

This includes feeling safe in our schools, businesses, and healthcare settings.

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. 

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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.

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Vision

A thriving LGBTQ2S+ community in the north! And a future were kindness is our leading action.

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Origin

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.

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Values

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

Alison Prentice

President
contact@quesnelpride.ca

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Sue Hunt

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Sam Hamilton

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Alana Perry

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Janice Mckinney

2nd Vice President

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Mikey Kidd

Director-at-large

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Kassondra Schwab, Ashley Rodgers, Ellen Facey

2019 Founding Board Members

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Janice Mckinney

2nd Vice President

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Mikey Kidd

Director-at-large

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Janice Mckinney

2nd Vice President

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Stacey Hanrahan-Denis

Director-at-large

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Mikey Kidd

Director-at-large