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Kelowna Pride Society
The society holds the annual Kelowna Pride Festival along with periodic social events throughout the year. The society also provides support for an LGBT2Q+ youth group and a Trans peer support group.
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 9H2
Causes we care about

  • Gender Issues

  • Human Rights

  • Youth Development

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
Social Mission
Kelowna Pride is a catalyst for building and celebrating the strength, equality, dignity and self-determination of the LGBTQ community in Kelowna and throughout the Okanagan. We are committed to excellence in execution and the continuing improvement
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Stories of our community involvement
Kelowna #TransMarch 💗💙

We were PRIVILEGED to be able to march in solidarity with so many amazing humans who fight daily for their rights and compassion.

We will never stop being your allies + standing shoulder to shoulder.

Beyond humbled + grateful to have been able to participate in this event for #Kelowna Pride Society .

If you missed it, don't worry, there are still tons of events! Including the #KELOWNAPRIDE2019 March on Saturday!
Happy #Pride to everyone in #Kelowna today. For our #LGBTQ2+ community and all their friends & allies, it is a celebration of individuality and also of a collective. Be who you are, love who you want to love, and be proud of what you want to achieve.
I’ll be at the Kelowna Pride Society festival with my Liberal friends this afternoon, and I look forward to being a very small part of today’s celebration. See you there! #lovewins🌈
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Ben Moody, Thanks for Doing Some Good!

What first inspired you to volunteer?


I wanted to contribute to the LGBTQ+ community at UBC Okanagan. When I first started taking classes at the university, there was not much of a community, and the Pride Resource Centre was going through some difficult transitions. Both coordinators were graduating, and no one was in line to take over. I decided that I needed to step up and inspire UBCO to care about the LGBTQ+ community.

Which cause are you most passionate about and why?


While I work with all parts of the LGBTTQQ2IPA community, my passion is with gay men's health. I have been privileged to work with vancouver based organizations such as the CBRC (Community Based Research Centre) and the Provincial Gay Men's and HIV Working Group and the BC Centre for Disease Control. With these groups I contributed to a provincial action plan on HIV health and will be assisting with sexual health surveys during Vancouver Pride.




Which organization do you most commonly volunteer for?


I volunteer as the head coordinator of the UBC Students' Union Okanagan (UBCSUO)'s Pride Resource Centre.

What does a typical volunteer shift look like for this organization?


It's a very open position. Shifts are non-existent, however we do hold office hours. Most of our work is done outside of these office hours and involves event planning, responding to emails, and working towards a safer campus for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty.


What impact have you seen volunteers make in the community?


The LGBTQ+ community in Kelowna is mostly run by volunteers, most of whom have day jobs and spend their free time in meetings and volunteering at events. Truly our community is run by some amazing and selfless people. I particularly want to say thank you to the amazing people at the Okanagan Pride Society and the Living Positive Resource Centre.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Okanagan Pride Festival is held from August 6-13; more details can be found at http://okanaganpride.com/festival/

What is the most memorable moment or experience you've had while volunteering?


There have been so many memorable moments. One of my most cherished moments was during the Transgender Day of Rememberance ceremony we held on campus. It was an emotional evening seeing so many people show up and support the transgender community and memorialize the losses that the community has felt.


What support does your organization currently need, and how can people learn more or get involved?


Our organization is pretty self-sufficient, however we always need volunteers for events and are always looking for other organizations to collaborate with. If people want to get involved, they can email me at prc@ubcsuo.ca.

Is there anyone else you would like to recognize that has helped support you to make a difference?


There have been so many people that have helped our little community at UBCO. We couldn't be where we are today without the help of people like Jenica Frisque, Amara Thibodeau, Sydney Lawson, Sarah Desrosiers, Amy Park, Jay Gatza, Tom Macauley, Romey Jaswal, Kira Risler, and so many more.
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Wilbur Turner, Thanks for Doing Some Good!

What first inspired you to volunteer?


I started volunteering originally with the Okanagan Pride Society and I wanted to try and make a difference by getting the community to be more connected with one another.

Which cause are you most passionate about and why?


I am most passionate about equality in our society, especially the LGBT community.


Which organization do you most commonly volunteer for?


At the moment I spend a lot of my time volunteering with the Living Positive Resource Centre. However, in the past I have dedicated a large portion of my time with the Okanagan Pride Society.


What does a typical volunteer shift look like for this organization?


Right now we are in the middle of building a new LGBTQ youth resource center at Living Positive so there is a lot of work that needs to go into this project. As a chair on the board of directors, I attend regular meetings and work in conjunction with our executive director to ensure the success of our new resource center as well as the charitable organization as a whole.



What impact have you seen volunteers make in the community?


The impact is by no means small. I have learned that volunteers love to help out the community. A lot of the work I do would not happen without the dedication of volunteers. For example, the Okanagan Pride Society is run entirely through volunteers, and they are the reason the organization exists.

What is the most memorable moment or experience you've had while volunteering?


Last year walking beside the mayor (Colin Basran), when he was the Grand Marshall of the pride march. We were accompanied by his two young children, and mother and this truly stood out to me as a moment to remember. It signaled the start of a new era of leadership in Kelowna for the celebration and acceptance of diversity which I had dedicated my time to the community to help achieve.



What support does your organization currently need, and how can people learn more or get involved?


With the Living Positive Centre the support we need is mainly is for the new youth center. With the development of a new project a large portion of the support we need is financial. People can get more information about the youth initiative at http://okanaganpride.com/youth/ and regarding financial donations and charitable receipts email the Executive Director, Clare McDonald at macdonald@lprc.ca.


Is there anyone else you would like to recognize that has helped support you to make a difference?


The Executive Director of Living Positive Resource Center (Clare MacDonald) does an exceptional job and puts her heart and soul into the organization. She is the main reason why we are able to help so many individuals in the community.
Our volunteers have logged over 70,000 hours that they've spent supporting more than 800 organizations! Here are a few of those amazing organizations that are currently using Volinspire: Enactus Okanagan College , Central Okanagan Food Policy Council, Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School, OGO Car Share, Hope for the Nations/Living Waters Secondary School Project, Inn From the Cold - Kelowna , Habitat for Humanity Okanagan, Okanagan Pride Society, School District No. 23
Happy Valentines to all in the Volinspire community!
Did you know that non-profits can qualify to get free and subsidized technology products through techsoup Canada? Things like Google Apps, Office 365, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and much more.

http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/en
We had great fun hanging out with some Volinspire team members at Accelerate Okanagan's #NYKO2016 last night. Networking is fun! We're going to be attending the Connect Now Kelowna luncheon Jan 13. It's a great opportunity to network and it is their inaugural event! I hope you can come too!

https://www.possibility.ca/connect-now-kelowna....
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 9H2
Causes we care about

  • Gender Issues

  • Human Rights

  • Youth Development

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
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