Shawn Ewing - President
Shawn has been the President, Vice President and Director of the Vancouver Pride Society. She has also volunteered with the Celtic parade, the Grey Cup Parade, and the Santa Claus Parade. Was Umpire in Chief, Coach and player with the Mabel League, and served as a Director of the GLASS Youth choir for ten years. Shawn is currently serving as the President of CEIU, Local 20944. As per her email tag line - "Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in." - Marjorie Moore
Karen McCormick - Vice President
Christine Simpson - Director
Morgan has been in the customer service industry for many years up to his retirement at age 50. Now not only a volunteer with BlockWatch and helping the seniors in his neighborhood but he is also the Social Convenor for the community in which he resides. Along with his husband Gary, he thoroughly enjoys providing their annual Christmas Dinner to the community at the Lookout Housing and Health Solutions drop-in centre and food bank. Morgan is not a stranger to volunteering with the Surrey Pride Festival as he has lent a hand many times before.
Cathy Erickson - Director
Cathy has lived in Surrey for the past 3 years, previously living in New Westminster and Burnaby. She has been volunteering since the age of 14 and has been an active member of such groups as: The Arthritis Society, The Canadian Cancer Society, Royal Canadian Air Cadets and the New Westminster Food Bank.
Stefani Ibsen - Director
Stefani's social and political activism began in her youth. Growing up believing in true equality for all, she celebrates diversity and encourages others to be more tolerant and compassionate.here to edit text
The 1st Surrey Pride Festival was held at Sullivan Hall in July 1999. At the time, the organization was named “Out in Surrey Rainbow Cultural Society” (OIS). Under that title, the organization played a significant role in fundraising specifically for GLBTQ charities, awareness and advocacy for GLBTQ rights in Surrey and the Lower Fraser Valley. OIS was born out of the social group “Out In Surrey”, which hosted a Valentine’s Day dance in January 1998 as a fundraiser for the Bigots Ban Books Defence Fund.
Since 2010, the Surrey Pride Festival found its new home to be at Holland Park. The name change to “Surrey Pride Society” occurred in January 2012. The Surrey Pride Society is committed to expanding and being more inclusive in the GLBTQ community and working with other organizations towards an all inclusive PRIDE with events throughout the year and during the Festival at Holland Park each year.