Saugeen Shores kicks off Pride Month with annual Flag Raising ceremony

(L) Sgt. Chantel Primeau, Grey Bruce Pride spokesperson Rachel Paterson, Mayor Luke Charbonneau and Saugeen Shores Fire Chief Ed Melanson – for larger view, click on image

Today, June 1st, begins Pride Month and, in recognition, the Town of Saugeen Shores hosted its annual Progress Pride flag raising ceremony at the Municipal Office on May 31st to kick off the celebration of Pride Month.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau raised the flag at a ceremony outside the Town’s Municipal Office, alongside Saugeen Shores Fire Chief Ed Melanson, Saugeen Shores Police Sergeant Chantel Primeau and Grey Bruce Pride spokesperson Rachel Paterson.

“As our community continues to grow, it is important to recognize and celebrate its growth in diversity,” said Charbonneau. “I am proud of the steps Council have taken over the years to reflect that Saugeen Shores is a welcoming community to all, no matter who you love.”

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Town staff and community members were also in attendance alongside representatives from Bruce County, the Nuclear Innovation Institute, and the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce.  

Last year (2023), the Town made history by becoming Canada’s first Rainbow-Registered municipality.  The accreditation means the Town has met a set of standards that ensures 2SLGBTQI+ customers feel safe, welcomed, and accepted.

The Town is also providing “Saugeen Shores Supports” window decals once again this year to local establishments that agree to uphold the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  These decals are part of the Town’s Rainbow Registered accreditation program designated by Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC).

Business owners can request a decal through the Town website on a first-come, first-serve basis (they are not however available for private citizens).