2021 Fernie Pride Annual Report

Hot off the virtual press is the 2021 Fernie Pride Annual Report! Please have a look through and see a brief snapshot of what we got up to over the last year, our 2021 financials, 2022 Organizational Budget, and a some great photos to keep us inspired for 2022.

And don’t forget to join us on Monday, March 7, 2022 at the Park Place Lodge for the Annual General Meeting followed by a taco bar – see you there!

Spectrum Queer Arts Call for Entry

Fernie Pride invites 2SLGBTQ+ artists working in the visual and literary arts to join us at the Elk Valley Pride Festival in Fernie, BC. Specifically, we are asking you to come to Spectrum Arts; a celebration of queer arts and artists on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Tables are only $20 with fees being returned to Festival expenses. To register, please complete the Google form here.

Artists working in paint, ceramics, leather, textile, photography, books, glass, and more are welcome! We look forward to showcasing the talents of 2SLGBTQ+ artists and the variety of mediums that they work in.

A little about Spectrum – this is the second year of Spectrum, a component of the annual Elk Valley Pride Festival. Spectrum is an afternoon of music, drag, and art on the amazing City Hall grounds in Fernie. This is an all-ages, outdoor, accessible event.

We look forward to celebrating Pride in the Elk Valley with you and we cannot wait to experience your talents (and find an amazing new artwork to add to our collection)!

Fernie Pride Annual General Meeting

Please join the Fernie Pride Society in the Spruce Room at the Park Place Lodge on Monday, March 7 at 7:00pm for our Annual General Meeting.

Refreshments will be available as will the opportunity to purchase or renew a Fernie Pride Society Membership. You can also renew or purchase a Membership online by visiting ferniepride.ca/membership.

This meeting is open to the public but you must be a member (aged 16+) in good standing to vote. Please RSVP at the Eventbrite link here: www.eventbrite.ca/e/2022-fps-annual-general-meeting-registration-267803737187

Please note that proof of full vaccination is required to attend this event in-person.

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 2021;
-Report on the activities of the organization in the past year;
-Election of new directors.

We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating our successes of the past year with you!

Elk Valley Pride Festival Design Contest

Winter is well and truly here so now is a great time to get your creative cap on and enter the first ever #elkvalleypridefestival t-shirt design contest!

The triumphant creative will receive $150 and a whack load of #ferniepride swag as well as their image being featured on the September 2022 festival merchandise.

The details you need: This contest is open to all ages and mediums but submitted image MUST be limited to 6 COLOURS maximum. Image must also be able to be edited if required for printing purposes. Submission is open to your interpretation but clean lines and bold images that translate well onto printed garments are recommended. All artistic mediums are welcomed but submissions need to be either a jpeg or png hi-res file. You are welcome to incorporate the Fernie Pride Society logo BUT it is not to be altered. If you would like a digital copy of the logo please let us know by emailing info@ferniepride.ca. You may submit multiple designs but they must be submitted as separate entries. Your design must be entirely original. This means no using anything you do not have the rights to (no copyrighted images, corporate logos, etc). A complete entry must include the completed entry form (contact details, description of work, completed Parent or Guardian section if under the age of 18, and design image).

Completed submissions are to be emailed to info@ferniepride.ca by MARCH 1, 2022.

The t-shirt design winner will be notified by mid-March where we will then work with you to ensure that your amazing design is ready for printing and available for the public in August 2022, just in time for the 6th annual Elk Valley Pride Festival taking place in #fernie from September 21-25, 2022! Questions? Contact Courtney at info@ferniepride.ca. Happy designing and we cannot wait to see what you come up with!

Festival Time!

September is upon us and that means the 5th annual Elk Valley Pride Festival is back! Make sure to stay current on all schedules and regulations for visiting us often and clicking on the Festival days to see what is happening! AND new this year is Spectrum Arts Fest – a festival within a festival!

Spectrum brings you three musical performances and four drag performances as well as info tables, a refreshment garden hosted by The Arts Station and more!

Head on over to Eventbrite to get all of your tickets for the Elk Valley Pride Festival!

For Zoom links to virtual events, please click on individual days on the main menu under Elk Valley Pride Festival.

AGM Documents

We hope that you are having a great week! Please find document links below for the Fernie Pride Society Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 11 at 6:00pm

Also, our Annual Report to be presented at the meeting tomorrow can be found underneath here. We encourage you to have a look! The AGM will be held via Zoom. If you could please identify yourself with your proper name in your Zoom window that would be much appreciated! The link to join is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86552377245. Have a great Wednesday and ‘see’ you tomorrow!

AGM Reminder and Annual Report

Our Annual General Meeting is coming up this Thursday, March 11 at 6:00pm so please do join us! Regular meeting business to be discussed as well as hearing about our new Community Capacity Building Project headed up by Capasiti Consulting.

We can’t wait to ‘see’ you but remember, only current Society members are eligible to vote. Please visit the Merchandise link on the website to purchase or renew yours now!

Zoom link to attend is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86552377245

Elk Valley Pride Festival Support

The RDEK is seeking public input on the 2021/2022 proposals for the Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs and Fernie Pride Society has applied for support for the Elk Valley Pride Festival in 2021. We would very much appreciate if you could please take a few minutes and submit a comment to support our application.

We have applied for support from Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford, Area A, and Area B. The deadline to provide comment is noon on March 19, 2021. Please visit https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/cbt and scroll to the bottom of the page to submit your comment. Thank you so much!

Our application blurb: “The 5th Annual Elk Valley Pride Festival is a 5-day celebration of diversity, inclusion, and Pride for LGBTQ2+ individuals and allies and takes place primarily in Fernie, BC. The 5th annual celebration is scheduled for September 2021 and will feature cultural events for all ages, educational opportunities, a bike parade, and flag raising ceremony amongst a myriad of other activities. The Elk Valley Pride Festival format in 2021 will again be dictated by the current global pandemic and what is and is not recommended for public events. In September 2020 we successfully hosted the Festival with a combination of small (max 20 person) in-person events, virtual events, and live streaming. We will be planning for all scenarios but assume we will be again operating with a combination in small in-person and virtual events in 2021.”

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!