Among billowing rainbow flags and a collection of blow up water crafts, the Fernie Pride Society met for a sunny paddle and picnic at Maiden Lake on August 14.
Part of their summer Rainbow Connections series, the event was their third meet up of the summer. Following a picnic in the Annex Park and a hike to Montane Hut held earlier in the season, members of the Fernie Pride Society were eager to get out and interact in a physical yet socially distant manner.
As usual, the event welcomed everyone regardless of age, gender or sexuality, providing an opportunity for members of their community to gather, share smiles and take up positive space.
This month, the Fernie Pride Society also welcomed Easton Fieldhouse as their new youth member.
According to Kevin Allen, president of the Fernie Pride Society, non profits are able to have board members that are 16 and 17 years of age.
The youth member will be present at all board meetings, and will lead their up and coming youth committee, which will receive their own budget to create innovative and compelling youth programming.
Seeking to mentor youth into positions of authority while providing engaging opportunities for them to have their voices heard, Allen said that such positions make their community more resilient in the long run.
“We decided as a board that we really wanted to do more youth outreach, and to connect to youth in the valley to figure out what their priorities are,” said Allen. “Easton is a super enthusiastic person and has been a fan of the pride society for a long time.”
The Fernie Pride Society encourages anyone interested in getting involved to attend their events, or to reach out via their socials.
The Fernie Pride Society is also currently working hard planning exciting and creative ways to celebrate their annual Pride Festival this upcoming September.
To stay up to date with events and announcements, visit the Fernie Pride Society’s Facebook page or their website at ferniepride.ca.