Ice, Ice Baby

The outdoors is for everyone so head to the Fernie Outdoor Rink on Friday, February 26 for a physically distanced glide!

Don’t have skates? No worries as the Gear Hub rents them for $12/day. Outdoor rink use is subject to weather and ice conditions so please note rink availability on the day.

A few things to note for ice use please: Maximum occupancy is 30. If occupancy exceeds 30, please leave the area / Stick and puck users must yield to skaters and children / Absolutely no entry onto ice during maintenance / Drugs and alcohol strictly prohibited / Helmets are strongly recommended / Stay in your bubble and maintain physical distance / Wear a mask / Children should be supervised.

See you at the rink!

Fernie Pride Annual General Meeting

Join the Fernie Pride Society from the comfort of your own home on Thursday, March 11 at 6:00pm for our Annual General Meeting.

Everyone is welcome to attend but only those with current Fernie Pride Society memberships are able to vote. Not sure if you are still a member? Email Courtney to find out or click here to purchase or renew! 

We have some fun and filling things getting organized for this Meeting so keep your eyes open for details! Zoom link for the meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86552377245

Ordinary business to be conducted is:
-Adopting the agenda;
-Adopting the minutes of the previous AGM;
-Presentation of the annual financial statements for fiscal year 2020;
-Report on the activities of the organization in the past year;
-Election of new directors.

Thank You Canada!

The Fernie Pride Society is proud to be among the 76 recipients of funding through the Government of Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Community Capacity Fund.

Thanks to the support of this important funding program, administered by the Women and Gender Equality Canada, Fernie Pride is embarking upon our project, Strengthening Community Capacity in the Elk Valley. Keep your eyes open for details on this soon — your participation is key! We are so thankful to be recognized as a recipient of this fund and are excited to see the results of these amazing projects arcoss Canada! Working together we can advance equality for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions and create a vibrant and inclusive Canada.

Get on Board!

We are looking for a few amazing people to join the Fernie Pride Society Board of Directors at our AGM on Thursday, March 11! The positions are for a one-year term.

The Board meets once per month as well as organizes monthly adult and youth programming and the annual Elk Valley Pride Festival in September. Interested? Please email info@ferniepride.ca to express your interest or to find out more!

LGBTQ2S+ Youth Sex Ed Workshop

Join Fernie Pride and the Centre for Sexuality on Wednesdays January 20th and 27th from 7:00-8:30pm for interactive Zoom workshops to explore sexuality topics as well as queer and trans safer sex practices.

As sexual education can miss or misunderstand the unique needs of LGBTQ2S+ youth, we hope to provide a space to share ideas, answer questions, and allow you to get the education you deserve!

Zoom link at ferniepride.ca/youth

Fernie Pride RFP for Community Capacity Project

Fernie Pride Society is seeking qualified consultants to develop and complete an LGBTQ2+ capacity building project in the Elk Valley region of British Columbia. To this end we are seeking a person/persons to design and implement a multifaceted and inclusive project. The Fernie Pride Society serves the entirety of the Elk Valley and our Project will allow us to create advocacy strategies and increase sector capacity to develop, implement, and sustain regionally appropriate solutions to LGBTQ2+ concerns in a way that helps shape control over regional physical, social, economic and cultural environments.

Click here for complete Fernie Pride Society Request for Proposal

Congratulations Gwen!

The biggest of congratulations to Gwen Cannon — the winner of our LGBTQ2+ YOUth Hoodie Design Contest! Gwen’s design illustrates that, “no matter what others say, be strong and be yourself. I did a dragon as dragons are usually depicted as strong, powerful, and fierce. So no matter what others say, be strong like a dragon and let the world know your name.”Thank you so much Gwen for your beautiful submission and your thoughtful and brave words — the future looks bright with youth like you! Thank you to the Tegan and Sara Foundation for supporting this project and to the amazing youth in the Elk Valley for inspiring us all to be strong like a dragon!

LGBTQ2+ Youth Sex and Sexuality Sessions

We are so excited that CFS – Sexual Health Centre will be joining us virtually on Wednesday, January 20 and 27 for a two-session, LGBTQ2+ sex ed workshop!

If you are an LGBTQ2+ youth and want to learn more about sex, sexuality, healthy relationships, etc please join in this FREE two class course. Zoom info will be available in January at ferniepride.ca/youth. If interest dictates, we are happy to extend these sessions past the original two to include further discussion topics as they are identified.

The Centre for Sexuality aims to normalize sexual health by providing evidence-informed, non-judgmental sexual and reproductive health programs and services. The Centre for Sexuality program is interactive and discussion-based, and gives youth the tools to navigate the world of healthy sexuality and make healthy decisions. By taking a holistic view, recognizing that good sexual health is intrinsic to having a healthy body, healthy relationships, and a healthy community, the Centre for Sexuality is staffed with health and education professionals that are excited to spend time with Elk Valley youth. Visit centreforsexuality.ca to learn more about this great organization.

Rainbow Connections Ugly Sweater Trivia Night

Mark your calendars and get those pencils sharpened for the December 11 Rainbow Connections Christmas Classic — Ugly Sweater Trivia Night!

Gathering apart does not mean that we still do not get to have some festive fun together so slap on some antlers, your finest frock, and get a glass of grog as we gather in front of our computers for some good old fashioned holiday fun! Join in as Quiz Master Jade takes us through four rounds of trivia and we are assured that there will be questions for all ages so no need to worry if pop culture from 2017 is not your strongest suit.

Zoom link here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84762478452 and on our Facebook event page. Everyone welcome!

Thank you to the Tegan & Sara Foundation!

We are so grateful to the Tegan and Sara Foundation for supporting our program, We Need YOUth – LGBTQ2+ Initiatives By and For Elk Valley YOUth!

With this assistance, local Elk Valley LGBTQ2+ youth will be able to develop programs for sexual, mental, and physical health initiatives, learn new skills and share existing ones, create and connect with mentorship programs, and so much more. The Fernie Pride Society would like to extend our deepest thanks to Tegan and Sara, their amazing Foundation and staff, and to the kind and generous people that support the work. And we are so thrilled to be among the 13 inspiring Canadian grantees — make sure to check them all out and be prepared to be blown away for the work that they do!