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New Shuswap Pride Society welcomes community at Marine Peace Park event

Free picnic, games and music met visitors stopping by the meet-and-greet

A small but friendly group of residents gathered at Marine Peace Park for a meet-and-greet picnic for the Shuswap Pride Society.

Shuswap Pride is a new not-for-profit formed to celebrate and empower all people of diverse genders and sexualities to be their authentic selves through events that promote inclusivity.

The board of directors expressed their thanks to businesses and all their supporters in the community.

“We exist to express pride in community, and that goes well beyond the LBGTQ,” said board member Joanne Wittstock at the Aug. 13 event. “We’re all in this together, this is a place where we all live. We’d be very happy to have that expressed.”

“And to encourage everyone to be themselves,” added Jenn Andreasen.

Daylene Fleming said the family picnic, complete with music, games and prizes, was the first of several events the group plans to hold.

“This was really just a fun event to get out and let people know we’re here.”

Read more: New Shuswap Pride Society to hold meet-and-greet picnic in Salmon Arm

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Martha Wickett

About the Author: Martha Wickett

came to Salmon Arm in May of 2004 to work at the Observer. I was looking for a change from the hustle and bustle of the Lower Mainland, where I had spent more than a decade working in community newspapers.
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