The Dawson Creek is celebrating Pride month all through June. Several virtual events will be hosted by the Dawson Creek Pride Society, and board member Chelsea Mackay says everyone is welcome to participate.
"We're really excited. Hopefully it all goes smoothly, all this digital stuff is quite new to us."
Tomorrow, the Dawson Creek Public Library will host the ABCs of LGBTQ2S+. With Mackay and fellow ally Ellen Dobrowolski breaking down key terms and concepts in the LGBTQ2S+ community
On June 17, a Zoom call will host counsellor Alice Smalitz, as she presents ‘How to Support Your LGBTQ2S+ Loved Ones’, a workshop about support.
Mackay says Smalitz was a resident of Dawson Creek, but has since moved, and opened her own therapy company called ‘Our Landing Place Therapy Collective’.
“It’s a group of counsellors from all over Canada, who specialize in a few different key areas, one of them being LGBTQ2S+ mental wellness. Especially because she has those local connections, we thought it would be cool to invite her to speak with us.”
Mackay added that how to support LGBTQ2S+ loved ones is one the most frequent questions heard by the society.
“It’s all very new for a lot of parents, we get a lot of questions from them. And we’re just a group of volunteers, so none us are trained counsellors. There’s really limited resources when it comes to support in town, especially that specialized support that people are looking for.”
On June 24, the society will host ‘Out on Screen’, playing a selection of LGBTQ2S+ films, followed by a DJ and Drag Queen from Canada’s Drag Race on June 25, and wraps up with a Pride presentation at Northern Lights College on June 28.
“It’s exciting. This is the first time we’ve had big name drag queens associated with Dawson Creek Pride,” said Mackay.
The society is also offering a $500 scholarship this year for a 2021 Dawson Creek Secondary School graduate heading into post-secondary. More details on Pride events can be found on their Facebook page.