Kelowna Pride

Kelowna Pride is Saturday, June 22 at City and Waterfront Parks beginning at 11 a.m. There are a few other events in the week leading up to the march.

The Central Okanagan school board will be well represented at next week's Kelowna Pride celebrations.

Four of the seven trustees confirmed their attendance on June 22 at City and Waterfront parks.

Chairwoman Moyra Baxter, along with fellow trustees Norah Bowman, Chantelle Desrosiers and Julia Fraser will all be in attendance, although Fraser will be leaving early to attend the Okanagan Mission Secondary School graduation, where she's bringing greetings from the board.

Trustee Rolli Cacchioni is unavailable due to a planning session and board meeting of Interior Savings Credit Union, where he's a director and chair of the governance committee. However, should there be a break during the meeting, he said he will make an appearance at Pride.

The board voted 4-2 in favour last month of renting an information kiosk at the annual celebration for a fee of $200. The intention is to provide an opportunity for parents of LGBTQ+ students to ask questions about services offered by the board. It's also to promote a safe and inclusive environment which the board offers for all students and employees.

Trustees Any Geistilinger and Lee-Ann Tiede opposed the motion and Fraser abstained from voting due to what she described as a technical difficulty.

Geistilinger and Tiede, when asked, said they are unavailable to attend the Pride event due to previous commitments.

Bowman, who brought the motion to the board, noted school board trustees are elected officials and most other elected officials are present at the event.

Members of Parliament Stephen Fuhr and Dan Albas, Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick and Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, along with most members of Kelowna city council, have confirmed their attendance at this year's event.

Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson, who attends most years, is unavailable because he will be out of province on that weekend.

The theme is "Because of You," a reflection on the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, New York. The event begins at 11 a.m. at City Park with several short speeches, followed by a walk to Waterfront Park where there's information booths, food vendors and live music.

Organizers stress that the event is open to everyone.

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