November 19, 2018 Meeting Notes

November 19, 2018 6-8 pm at House of Hair Design

Meeting Notes

A. Sharing and Connection: 12 people were in attendance

B. Discussion of past events

    1. Hay Lakes QSA event
      • Michael Green of altView gave an excellent presentation that was very informative and helpful. This emphasized that importance of providing an opportunity for people to express their concerns and have them addressed with accurate information.
    2. Pride Kodiaks Hockey Game on October 19
      • Boris Rybalka, GM and Head Coach of the Kodiaks, was very welcoming and did a lot to highlight inclusion in sports at the game. Thanks to the Kodiaks for their support and to Jeff McLean of Pride Tape.

3. espressOUT in October

  • Well attended in the Augustana Forum; consensus is that it is easiest for Augustana students to drop by if espressOUT is on campus or close to campus
  • Consensus to try Fika as a location for espressOUT in January.
  • Action: Melissa will contact Fika about possibility for having espressOUT at Fika on January 28.

C. Planning for upcoming events

  1. espressOUT on November 26
  • During Wellness Week at Augustana
  • Action: Carol will send information to Alex of the ASA to see if the notice can be included in the Wellness Week activity schedule.

2. Friends and Family Support Group

    • Meeting on Dec. 3 6-8 pm. at Camrose Public Library in the Bunker
    • Spread the word that all friends and family are welcome to attend.

3. December 10 Pizza and a Movie Night

  • We will meet at Gus’ house at 6:00 p.m.
  • Contact Camrose Pride for the address.
  • We still need to find a suitable movie to watch. Suggestions?

4. December 11 Potential AQUA event

    • Will not work at this time, but future possible collaborations will be explored especially regarding necessary insurance coverage

5. Queer Like Me Youth Art Project in January and Art Show in February

    • The Camrose Police Association gave Camrose Pride a $1000 grant to run the project.
    • It will be open to queer youth (up to the age of 24) in Camrose and area on January 11, 18 and 25 at the Boys and Girls Club in the Community Centre from 6-8 p.m.
    • Registration is confidential and can be done by emailing Nikki Featherstone
    • Youth will have the option to include their creations in a Queer Like Me Art Exhibition at the Camrose Public Library. The Gala opening of the exhibit will be on Thursday, February 28 during Pride Week.
    • Information will be sent out about this project before the end of November.

6. Fundraising opportunity with the Nordlys Film Festival February 15-17

  • Group consensus was that we would have enough volunteers to help out at the coat check at the Nordlys Film Festival as a fundraiser for Camrose Pride
  • Action: Carol will contact the Nordlys organizers.

7. Possible Augustana CSL student projects

    • Good possibility that there will be some Community Service Learning Students who will be able to help with Pride Week activities and a community safe spaces initiative starting in February 2019.

8. Pride Week February 24-March 2: Collaboration with AQUA

  • Many exciting ideas for Pride Week were shared by Melissa, Carol and Cathie.
  • Meeting will be happening shortly with the Augustana Student Association Pride Committee

9. Formation of a Pride Week planning committee

  • Melissa and Carol will try to coordinate the various committees for planning a fantastic Pride Week.

10. Request to City Council to fly the Pride Flag

  • Action: Carol will write a letter that can be signed by the co-chairs of Camrose Pride Community and AQUA to request that the pride flag be flown again for Pride Week in February and each Pride Week thereafter

11. Family Dance

  • March 23 is a good possibility for a Family Dance at the Retro Pub
  • Action: Carol will check the date with the Retro Pub
  • Cathie has a theatrical friend from Halifax who is willing to do live Karaoke of cabaret songs with the attendees.
  • Action: The event organizers will request that Robyn Bank$ also perform that night as well as other local drag kings and queens.

12. Report from AQUA leadership rep on other upcoming events in the works

    • AQUA, in collaboration with the Chester Ronning Centre, is planning to host a one day conference on Queer Rural Issues at Augustana on either March 16 or 23
    • A committee to plan this event is being formed.
    • The group had many ideas for speakers and topics.
    • AQUA has invited Camrose Pride Community members to a movie night in the Wahkohtowin Lodge Classroom at Augustana on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. to watch the movie “Love, Simon”. Food and snacks will be provided.

D. Opportunities to be part of the Camrose Pride Community Leadership Team

    • Carol will be retiring from her position with Camrose Pride Community in mid-March.
    • Action: If anyone is interested in taking on the role of Secretary for Camrose Pride Community, contact the Leadership Team to discuss this responsibility.

E. Other items or ideas

  • There have been some requests for activities for youth in the community who are in the 12-19 year old range.
    • Discussion and brainstorming generated ideas like collaborating with About Time Productions and/or Camrose Public Library to offer some activities and opportunities to connect with other youth. This might be possible on Friday afternoons when there is early dismissal from high schools.
  • Concern was expressed that there is a lot of misinformation around transgender issues that would be a good topic to address with a presentation in the community and at Augustana.
  • Action: Jen will do some research on who might be able to present this information and when (possibly during Pride Week?)

F. Next regular meeting: January 14 meeting for sharing and planning at House of Hair Design 6-8 pm


July 3, 2018 Meeting Notes

6:00-8:00 pm at House of Hair Design

4830-48 Street, Camrose, Alberta

6 people were in attendance. Gus chaired the meeting.

Action items are in bold.

  1. Connecting and Sharing
  2. Report on past events
  • espressOUT in June at Fox & Fable Book and Game Café: great venue for espressOUT; Suggestion: next time try playing some games that include the whole group as a means of getting to know one another better.



  • BBQ on June 24: 90 people attended the BBQ; good time of mingling and visiting; thanks to our wonderful supporters:
    • Rebecca Bridger (and Louis) of Whisk & Ladle Bake shop for grilling up our burgers and donating so much delicious food
    • Hauser Home Hardware for the use their grill
    • Camrose Directory for the donations of water bottles
    • Prairie Rose Bottled Water for the bags of ice
    • Camrose Public Library for attending with the Book Bike, Life Cycle and giant game and reading stories to the kids
    • Generous donations of cash from people who attended; Thank you!
  1. Planning for upcoming events
  • Read with Royalty at Camrose Public Library on July 27 1:00-3:00 pm
    • We are excited to be supporting this event with Camrose Public Library taking the lead
    • Zach aka Robyn Bank$ will be reading stories and giving a mini-drag workshop for all ages
    • Camrose Public Library is also hoping to have a King read at the event.
    • Action item: donations of clothing are needed for all ages and sizes for the dress up portion of the workshop
  • Big Valley Jamboree Parade Entry (morning) and BBQ on August 2 (evening)

Action items:

    • Preparation for our parade entry on Wednesday, August 1 at 6:00 at House of Hair Design
    • Work bee to wash, polish and decorate the beautiful convertible that Tish is lending us for the parade
    • Bring along snacks to share to sustain us during our work bee
    • We invite everyone to walk with us in the parade and show your support for creating a caring, inclusive community. Meet at the road by Public Works by 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 2 if you want to walk with us in the parade (look for the teal classic convertible with rainbow decorations!); wear bright rainbow colours and comfortable walking shoes; rain or shine we will be there!
    • Thursday, August 2 Celebration BBQ at 6:30 p.m. at Gus’s house; contact us for the address
  • August meeting? Should we meet? Action item: It was decided by the group that there will be no regular meetings on August 6 and September 3; we will meet on July 16 and August 20 for espressOUT with a short information session as part of these meetings.


  • Community Registration Night: September 6 We will have a display at this event and Jen will be coordinating this.


  • Bank$ Fall Ball on September 7 at the Bailey Theatre: Sponsorship request letters have been distributed to many businesses in the community and we anticipate good support for this special event; 2 drag queens from Edmonton will be special guests along with hostess, Robyn Bank$; costume contest; posters and advertising will be ready for the beginning of August; a big thank you to Zach for all his work on this event!


  • Collaborative Community events: Lots of ideas shared including doing some impromptu get-togethers like hikes and movie nights to focus on building our community; Jen will be sending out an email notice about contact information for this initiative


  • Family Dance: Action item: Carol to investigate potential venues for a Halloween Family Dance on Friday, October 26; discussion about admission and agreed on $10 per person or $20 per family


  • Educational initiatives: Action item: The Leadership Team has been investigating possible educational events; submit your suggestions


  • Grant applications: Camrose Police Association Grant is available for application; Action item: Wayne and Carol will be making contact with the Kodiaks to explore a collaborative event to promote everyone’s right to play and be treated with respect; possibility of using this project as part of our application for funding from the Camrose Police Association


  • Fundraising ideas: Share your suggestions with the Leadership Team; we need to start generating some finances in order to carry out our mission


  • Future espressOUT meetings: will be looking at the dates for the Human Library at Augustana and considering where it is best to hold our espressOUT meetings after the start-up of university; desire to include a variety of locations
  1. Other ideas? Share your ideas with anyone on the Leadership Team, Wayne, Gus, Carol or Margaret. We have a new email address:

5. Next meeting: espressOUT at Rebel Ink on Monday, July 16 5:30-7:00 pm Zach will be hosting this gathering.


Meeting Notes from May 7, 2018

Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at 4830-48 Street (House of Hair Design)

on May 7, 2018

14 people were in attendance

Action items are in purple.

  1. Connecting and Sharing
    • Carol shared some resources from Mental Health Awareness Week about using nature to assist with mental health.
  2. Discussion about practices regarding privacy and photography
    • We will attempt to be very conscious of people’s privacy and will not take photos or post photos without verbal or written consent. We will avoid taking and posting photos of minors without parental consent.
  3. Planning for upcoming events
    • Community BBQ on June 24, 2018 at House of Hair Design from 1-4 p.m.
      • Carol, Wayne and Amielle will be the planning committee for this event.
      • Posters will be printed and distributed by CDSS with the assistance of Centra Cam; Shea offered to hang posters in other communities when emailed the poster
      • It was suggested that we include sidewalk chalk, lawn games and music as part of the activities for the afternoon.
    • Big Valley Jamboree Parade on August 2, 2018
      • Gus is consulting with Carl on the design for the float.
      • TNeal and Shea are preparing the truck and trailer.
      • Theia will be connecting with the Family School Liaison workers to see if some of them can assist in preparations for the float during the first week of July. Others are welcome to assist with this as well.
      • Carol has assurances from a community member who is willing to provide garage space for the decorating and storing of the float prior to the parade.
    • Community Registration Night on September 6
      • Margaret will register Camrose Pride Community for a table at Community Registration Night on September 6.
      • Jen, TNeal and Shea are willing to provide information at the table; Amielle will help if she is available.
    • Locations for espressOUT throughout the summer and in the fall
      • Good Goat Books and Games has generously offered to host espressOUT in their newly opened business even though they are not open on Mondays.
      • Each month at our Monthly meeting (the 1st Monday of the month), we will determine where to hold espressOUT for that month (on the 3rd Monday of the month).
    • Events for September to December
      • Discussion about partnering with the Augustana Pride Committee and Augustana Queers and Allies to hold a Family Dress Up Dance in October- Wayne and Carol will explore this.
      • Discussion about having a campfire and wiener roast at the end of August or beginning of September-Amielle, Carol and Wayne will explore the possibilities.
      • Mention of continuing our Holiday Potluck for our monthly meeting on December 3, 2018.
      • Brief mention of planning some educational events in the fall as well e.g. safe spaces sensitivity workshop for businesses and service providers.
    • Discuss invitations to participate in Taber Pride Festival on June 2 and Camrose Arts & Recreation in the Park on June 23
      • Unfortunately, no one from Camrose Pride Community if available to participate in the Taber Pride Festival; discussion about sending some information to the organizers that could be shared; Wayne and Carol will respond to the request from Taber.
      • The group was in favour of Camrose Pride Community hosting a community drum circle as part of the Arts and Recreation in the Park event on June 23; Carol will make arrangements to facilitate this on behalf of the group; information can be available to the public about Camrose Pride Community and about our community barbeque the next day.
  • Planning for Becoming a Not for Profit Organization
    • The Leadership Team is preparing the documents for Camrose Pride Community to become a Not for Profit Organization.
    • The hope is that with this status, Camrose Pride can apply for grant funding.
  • Collaboration with Augustana
    • Wayne and Carol are Camrose Pride Community representatives on a newly formed Pride Committee at Augustana

5. Announcements: information of interest to the group

    • Chevi Rabbitt is speaking at Camrose United Church on Tuesday, May 22 @ 7:00 p.m. ; everyone is welcome to attend
    • Blanket Exercise with Roy and Judy Louis on June 5 @ 10:30 a.m. @ Camrose Public Library
      • Please note that this has had to be postponed until September 28 (Orange Shirt Day).
    • Ecole Camrose Composite High School GSA is hosting Pride Week activities at the school during the lunch time break from Monday, May 14-Thursday, May 17. Some Camrose Pride Community members were interested in supporting these initiatives.

6. Upcoming meetings

    • espressOUT on May 21: Meeting at House of Hair Design 5:30-7:00 p.m.
    • June 4 regular monthly meeting at House of Hair Design 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    • Family and Friends meeting: this group meets at the Camrose Public Library; a meeting date was not available at this time


April 9, 2018 Meeting Notes

Camrose Pride Community April 9, 2018 Meeting

Meeting Notes

Gus chaired the meeting, 14 people in attendance

Action items in Purple

  1. Connecting and Sharing: Happy to have 5 new people in attendance
  2. Discussion about regular meeting location
    • Decision of the group to move our regular meeting location to 4830-48 Street (House of Hair Design) effective for May 7 meeting
    • Appreciation expressed to Camrose United Church for the free use of space for meeting and storage of supplies
  3. Discussion about espressOUT meeting locations for the spring and summer months
    • April 16, 2018 5:30-7:00 p.m. last meeting of the term at the Augustana Forum
    • May 21, 2018 5:30-7:00 meet in Gus’ backyard (Personal message for address)
    • June 18, 2018 5:30-7:00 meet at the Alice Hotel Restaurant
    • Other locations to be determined at future meetings
  4. Discussion about recruiting new members
    • Discussion about how to be more visible and attract new members to our group
      • Possible Stakeholders meeting to be held in the future
      • Join the Chamber of Commerce for networking possibilities: Carol check on membership fees
      • Posting of posters and handbills in Camrose and other rural communities surrounding Camrose
  5. Planning for Upcoming Events
    1. Blast off to Summer BBQ – Sunday, June 24, 2018
      1. BBQ in the backyard of House of Hair Design (4830-48 Street) 1:00-4:00 p.m.
        • Opportunity to advertise our new meeting location
        • Lots of space for sidewalk chalk drawing and bubbles
        • Support with the BBQ has already been offered from Rebecca: Carol to confirm
        • Carol to check on any permits or inspections needed
    2. Big Valley Jamboree Parade- August 2
      • TNeal has the truck and flatbed trailer ready to be decorated
      • Discussed extending the offer to others in the area to join our float: Jen to post on Facebook
      • Confirm if Robyn Bank$ is interested in participating with the float again this year
    3. Participation in other parades?
      • No decision about entering our float in other parades at this time
      • altView has extended an invitation to Camrose Pride Community members to join them in the Edmonton Pride Parade on June 9, 2018
  6. Brainstorming for future events
    1. Camrose Pride Community is welcome to have a display in the foyer of Camrose United Church during Jaywalkers Jamboree. (The church is open for people who need water or to use the washroom.)
    2. Community Registration Night in September
    3. Fall Family Dance with possibly a Halloween theme
  7.  Other
    1. Updates from altView
      • T-shirts will be ordered again shortly (blue is the colour for this year)
        • Let Jen know if you want to buy a shirt with the Camrose Pride Community logo on it.
        • We will increase our t-shirt order from 25 to around 30
      • Mike is supporting the startup of a Community GSA in Wetaskiwin
      • Jen will be transcribing the notes from the Status of Queer Conference in October 2017
    2. Family and Friends Support Group have determined they will be meeting on the fourth Monday of the month at Camrose Public Library 7:00-9:00 p.m. Next meeting is on Monday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.
    3. Camrose United Church Indigenous Book Club has invited Chevi Rabbitt to speak at their meeting on May 23. This is open to the public. More details to follow.


November 6, 2017 Meeting Notes


7 present; Gus chaired the meeting.

Action items are in purple

  1. Sharing and Connection à wonderful time of sharing what is going on in our lives
  2. Review of most recent events
    1. Status of Queer Conference: Good responses anecdotally from participants; more conferences are being planned (see 5 e and f)
    2. All Ages Dance Party:125-150 in attendance; lots of families and children in attendance
    3. espressOUT in the Augustana Forum: continues to be a good place to host espressOUT
  3. Financial statement: will be updated when the bills for the Dance Party are paid; a small grant will be received from CDSS for the upcoming year; CDSS is willing to continue being the banker
  4. Upcoming Events
    1. Expressions of Community on November 27 @ 6:30-9:30
      1. Preregistration required – 11 confirmed; Jen will contact the facilitator with the preregistration numbers
    2. Family and Friends Support Group: local support groups will be listed on the new parent support website that altView is launching soon (see 5d)
    3. espressOUT in the Augustana Forum Nov. 20 5:00 – 6:30 pm
    4. Holiday Potluck and Family Dance Party Dec. 4 @ 6:00 pm
      1. Invite family and friends – spread the word!
      2. Planning
        1. Potluck helpers-Liz will be the kitchen supervisor
        2. Program helpers-Box game: Gus
        3. Decorations-Keep it simple; tablecloths; twinkle lights: Margaret and Carol will be responsible; borrow small tree and lights from Carl
        4. Music for Dance Party-Gus and Jordan will work on a playlist
  5. Other items for discussion
    1. Pride Week at Augustana and in the Community
      1. Who is willing to work on planning committee for this? Wayne
      2. There is an LGBTQ+ Council has been formed to plan Pride Week; they will be meeting in December
      3. Pride Week will be held from February 26 to March 2; the Bailey Theatre has been booked for March 2 for So You Think You Can Drag
    2. Pursuing Not for Profit Status-Use the template from the Corporate Registry; Margaret will get the paperwork collected; we will start simply and then modify and revise from there
    3. Other items from the group
  • altView will be launching a new website to support parents in supporting their LGBTQ+ children; this has transpired out of their work with the Government on Bill 24! Way to go altView!
  • altView is planning another conference in May in Edmonton with ISMSS and the Government of Alberta focused upon supporting parents
  • The next Status of Queer Conference will be held somewhere in rural Alberta in the third week of September 2018; location to be determined
  • Jen has been working on the resources section on the website and has the links working; test out the links and report any problems with links
  • The Google Calendar will be uploaded to the website.
  • Thank you notes for those who helped with the All Ages Dance Party will be sent shortly; Carol will write them and Jen will deliver them
  • There is a new doctor in town at the Smith Clinic who is accepting new patients of all ages and sexual orientations! Dr. Charley Boyd is now practicing medicine in Camrose!

November 6, 2017 Meeting Agenda

6:00-8:00 pm. Camrose United Church Parlour

  1. Sharing and Connection
  2. Review of most recent events
    • Status of Queer Conference
    • All Ages Dance Party
    • espressOUT in the Augustana Forum
  3. Financial statement
  4. Upcoming Events
    1. Expressions of Community on November 27 @ 6:30-9:30
      • Preregistration required – how are the numbers?
    2. espressOUT in the Augustana Forum Nov. 20 5:00 – 6:30 pm
    3. Holiday Potluck and Family Dance Party Dec. 4 @ 6:00 pm
      • Invite family and friends – spread the word!
      • Planning
        • Potluck helpers
        • Program helpers
        • Decorations
        • Music for Dance Party
  5. Other items for discussion
    1. Pursuing Not for Profit Status
    2. Pride Week at Augustana and in the Community-Collaboration with AQUA
      • Who would like to work on this planning committee?
    3. Other items from the group

October 2, 2017 Meeting Notes

10 members attended

We met in the Augustana Forum after the Human Library presentation

Chaired by Gus and Wayne; Meeting notes by Carol

  1. Sharing and Connecting

2. Upcoming events

  1. October 4, 2017 2:00-3:30 p.m. Michael Phair presentation for Health Care workers and others concerned about LGBTQS2+ Seniors at the Rosehaven Auditorium
    • Co-sponsored by the Camrose Seniors’ Coalition and Camrose Pride Community
    • Preregister with Margaret at 780-672-0141
  2. Status of Queer Conference: October 14, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Augustana
    • Register at
    • Registration is $30 and includes 3 meals
    • Set up volunteers needed to meet at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday to help
    • Take down volunteers needed at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday after conference
  3. All Ages Dance Party: October 14, 2017 Doors at 7:00 p.m. at the Bailey Theatre
    • $5 per person or $10 per family Cash at the door
    • Volunteers needed
  4. espressOUT on October 16, 2017  5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Augustana Forum

3. Planning for Future Events

  1. Expressions of Community
    • November 27, 2017 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Camrose United Church
    • Preregistration required to determine numbers by November 6
    • Free expressive arts workshop
    • Send suggestions for the workshop
  2. Holiday Potluck Social on December 4, 2017 at Camrose United Church
    • Committee needed for planning
  3. Pride Week Dates to be determined
    • Committee needed for planning

4. Other items from the group

  • Invitation from the Camrose Chamber of Commerce to Camrose Pride Community to become members
  • Discussion about how to make that work and advantages of accepting this invitation

5. Next regular connection and planning meeting on Monday, November 6 at Camrose United Church 6:00-8:00 p.m.

September 4, 2017 Meeting Notes

Present: 5 present

Chaired by Wayne Wilson

Action items are in purple

  1. Sharing and Connection
  2. Upcoming events in September
  • September 6 > 10:00 -2:00 p.m. Wellness Fair at Augustana –>Carol and Shae will be at the display
  • September 7 >6:30 p.m. at the Community Centre Community Registration Night –> Jen, Amielle and TNeal will be at this event
  • September 11 >7:00  Family and Friends Support Group starting up again on the second Mondays of the month
  • September 18 >5:00-6:30 p.m. espressOUT on first Mondays of the month
    • Change to the Forum at Augustana for September 18
    • Review at the next meeting
    • Jen will add a map and location to the espressOUT posting
  1. Upcoming events in October
  • October 2 > 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Regular Meeting
  • October 4 >Michael Pfair private luncheon followed by presentation at Rosehaven Auditorium 2:00-3:30 p.m. See poster for details.
  • Jen will send out email to any seniors on the mailing list
  • Wayne will check catering with Rebecca
  • Jen will check on availability for use of the parlour for 12-1:30
  • Take the Michael Pfair poster to the SOS office/booth at Community Registration Night
  • Distribute the posters with senior’s groups
  • October 9 >7:00 Family and Friends Support Group
  • October 14 > Status of Queer Provincial Conference on the  Augustana Campus in the Wahkohtowin Lodge
  • Welcome reception on Friday night –> Details to be worked out
  • October 14 > evening  All Ages Dance Party at the Bailey Theatre –> committee needed –> a request will be posted on Facebook and people will be requested to volunteer and meet at espressOUT
  • October 15 –> Sunday activities being worked out regarding Multi-faith event
  • October 16 > 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. espressOUT at the Forum at Augustana
  1. Upcoming events in November and December
  • Discuss the details for the following special events
    • November 27 at 6:30 – 9:00 at Camrose United Church Expressive Arts Session with Diane McLaren –> Diane came and shared about the opportunity for 2 sessions for Camrose Pride Community and Augustana students
    • Preregistration needed by November 13 so materials can be purchased
    • Jen will confirm the use of the space
    • Use of a variety of arts expressions –> movement, music, creative expression, variety of media
    • Do not have to be an artist to participate
    • Could consider opening up the group to friends and family
    • As a group we need to let Diane know what topic we want to explore
    • 3 hour session 6:30-9:30 p.m.
    • Camrose Pride Community is responsible to book the space and advertise the session
    • Ask group about theme ideas at the next regular meeting
      • Winter Potluck Social on December 4 –> committee needed to help with planning
      • Invite other community groups to join us including the Filipino community
  1. Looking Ahead: Discussion and planning for events in the new year (tabled for future meetings)
  • Pride Week
  • So You Think You Can Drag
  • Pride Float planning
  • Community event planning (BBQ, Jaywalkers)
  1. Other items
  • Discuss use of Gender and Sexual Diverse instead of LGBTQS2+ at future meeting
  • T-shirt order will be sent in shortly: Jen will notify through email and Facebook posts

Meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.



August 7, 2017 Meeting Notes

Camrose Pride Community Meeting

August 7, 2017

Chaired by Gus Belcourt

9 members present

Meeting notes recorded by Carol Breitkreutz

  1. Introductions and Sharing about what’s happening in our lives
  • Marissa (from the Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute)shared that she is preparing an education module for Health Care workers at Bethany about LGBTQ Seniors on August 24 and 25.
  • A poster will be added to the website for information.

2. Celebration and review of Big Valley Jamboree Parade Participation

  • Thank yous: TNeal for the trailer, Carl and Gus for design, to everyone who helped with the construction and parade; to all who joined us on our float
  • Celebrations: We won first prize for Community Entry!! – very positive response from the crowd; we were as inclusive as we could possibly be (babies, children, parents, seniors, families, politicians (MLAs), community members, business reps (Starbucks), drag queen
  • Learnings: have specific grab bags with candy and flyers, ration the distribution of give aways to last for the whole parade, make more buttons
  • Future plans: Should we take our float to other parades next year? We may need a Parade committee for next year to investigate the possibilities.
  1. Planning for upcoming events
  • Summer Campfire Event at the Ferintosh Manor Bed and Breakfast à Friday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. Bring chairs. Other details will be posted.
  • Wellness Fair at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta on September 6 (10-2) Sammy, Carol, Jen and Shae
  • Community Registration Night on September 7: 6:30-9:00 pm TNeal, Jen, Amielle
  • Michael Phair Seniors’ Event on October 4
  • Expressive Arts Sessions with AQUA times to be determined
  • Action for Potential Collaborations:  Will book a meeting with ED of Student Life to meet with Val, Sammy, Wayne, Gus and Carol to discuss LGBTQ supports on campus and in community
  • Action: Winter Celebration Potluck: Jonathan in charge of music, invite the Filipino community and others
  1. Report from altView about exciting upcoming initiatives
  • October 14 Building Capacity in Rural Communities for Diversity and Inclusion
    • An Augustana venue has been booked
    • Action: A meeting with Michael, Bryan and Wayne, Gus, Jen will be arranged
  1. Other items from the group:
  • Latest edition of Anarqueers Volume 3 is out; Jen is helping with circulation
  • Donation cheque gratefully received from AQUA for Camrose Pride Community
  • Presented a good bye/good luck card to Dusty as he leaves for Red Deer College

6. espressOUT on August 21 at the Alice Hotel Restaurant 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

  1. Next Regular Group Meeting on September 4 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Family and Friends Support Group will resume on September 11, 2017

Adjournment at 7:20 p.m.