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!

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