Loud and Proud Celebration outdoor concert to kick off the 2022 Salmon Arm Pride project

The loud and proud celebration will be financially supported by Salmon Arm Council.

Loud and Proud is a new addition to the Salmon Arm Pride 2022 project, an outdoor concert to kick off the October Pride event.

The Council responded on July 25 to a letter from Tracey Kutschker of the Shuswap District Arts Council.

She said the arts council is the host organization for a collaborative task force that includes the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society, Downtown Salmon Arm and Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, “all working together to create a foundational event that could become an annual feature in the city center.

The Loud and Proud celebration will take place at the intersection of Hudson and McLeod streets, in front of the art gallery, on Saturday, October 15 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“It will feature 2SLGBTQ+ artists as well as local dancers, food trucks and information booths. The event welcomes the whole community to celebrate the first day of the dynamic and important festival. It is free, family-friendly, and will have a safety plan taking into consideration public health initiatives, accessibility, and 2SLGBTQ+ safety,” Kutschker wrote.

“Extensive consultation has taken place for this event to reflect the significant change in acceptance and awareness of the 2SLGBTQ+ community over the past two years, as well as an adaptive approach to event management in this time of crisis. climate change, post-pandemic recovery and reconciliation. .”

Com. Chad Eliason presented the request to the board, suggesting that $5,000 be taken from the board’s unspent travel budget.

Com. Kevin Flynn said he supported the request but asked how much was left in the travel budget as he had an item he would like to spend funds on.

Chief Financial Officer Chelsea Van de Cappelle said council did not attend the Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention for which $9,000 had been budgeted, so $5,000 could be used for the loud and proud celebration. She said she has set aside the rest to cover council expenses for the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention in September.

Com. Louise Wallace Richmond thanked Eliason and the groups working on the event and said she “couldn’t be more proud” than to spend $5,000 as the city’s contribution to this “important, exciting and worthwhile” event.

Mayor Alan Harrison also thanked Eliason, noting that he has been updating council since January 2022 on developments.

The board voted unanimously to provide the $5,000.

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Corina C. Butler