The Columbia Valley Pride Society is pleased to announce a significant milestone in its ongoing mission to promote inclusivity and gender equality within the Columbia Valley community. 

Thanks to the generous support from the Government of Canada, Pride has been awarded a substantial grant to further our efforts in advancing gender equality initiatives through March 2026. 

This funding will enable Columbia Valley Pride to expand programming and outreach activities aimed at fostering a more equitable and inclusive environment for individuals of all gender identities and expressions. Through education, awareness campaigns, and community engagement events, Pride will continue to advocate for the rights and dignity of 2SLGBTQI+ individuals, particularly those facing intersecting forms of discrimination. 

“We are immensely grateful to the Government of Canada, specifically Women and Gender Equality Canada and Minister Marci Ien, for their investment in our vision of a society where everyone, regardless of gender identity or expression, can thrive and live authentically,” said Gemma Beierback, president of Columbia Valley Pride Society. “This grant will empower us to amplify our impact and create tangible change within our local community.” 

The initiatives supported by this funding will address various aspects of gender equality, including funds dedicated to ensuring the future sustainability of the organization. By collaborating with local stakeholders, community members and volunteers, and leveraging the expertise of consultants, Pride aims to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all. 

“We are committed to building a future where diversity is celebrated, and every individual feels valued and respected,” added Beirerback. “This grant represents a significant step forward in our journey towards achieving that goal, and we look forward to working alongside our community partners to create lasting change.” 

Columbia Valley Pride extends its heartfelt thanks to all its members, volunteers, and local businesses for their continued commitment to advancing gender equality and supporting the vital work of 2SLGBTQI+ organizations. 

Together, Pride will continue to strive for a more just and inclusive society where everyone can live authentically and without fear of discrimination.