A crowd gathered at Saugeen Shores Police Station on Saturday (June 8th) as the PRIDE flag was raised in celebration of PRIDE month.
Special guest speaker, Abbey Keneer, a Grade 11 student from Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) said that one of the main lessons that her-she has learned that “… nothing has to be perfect just be proud of what you are doing. I am super proud of Saugeen Shores, the people and the community.”
Keneer also said however that there is discrimination and hate. “I am happy however with people and friends who care and a community that cares. I am allowed to be myself and love who I want to love.”
Police Chief Mike Bellai also added that PRIDE is symbolic of diversity and inclusiveness. “These are the things that make this such a great community.
Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau also added his voice saying that he thinks the community has to be “ … active and proactive and show people that we do welcome them (newcomers) no matter their religion, race or culture or socio-economic status“.
While the flag raising was the primary event, Rotary Interact youth also hosted a BBQ complete with a ‘sweets’ table with a cake provided by Bruce Power. Donations were to be divided between Saugeen Shores PRIDE and Rotary Interact youth program.
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