Surrey Pride

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Executive Board

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

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Karen McCormick - Vice President


Karen was born to be a volunteer as you can see; volunteering in the LGBTQ2S community for 10 years, volunteering with Qmunity for 5 years and with Whistler Pride for 6 years. 
Karen started "Out in White Rock" 3 years ago to provide safe spaces for LGBTQ2S persons to meet and be themselves and make connections in their community. Come out to one of her games or bowling nights - you will enjoy and be guaranteed to laugh..
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Gary Munroe - Secretary

Gary has been a part of Surrey Pride for multiple years and thoroughly enjoys working with the vendors, sponsors and fellow board members!
Angela Gallant - Treasurer

Angela grew up in Surrey, BC then moved to the Okanagan where I helped run Pagan Pride for several years and then moved back to Surrey in 2009.  The Surrey Pride Festival 2015 was my first vendor event and I enjoyed myself so thoroughly I decided to come join the board to help keep the Surrey Pride Festival happening each year!  I spent 3 years as the sole employee for a lawyer, meaning I took care of all the accounts and reconciliations at month end along with all the secretarial duties.  I like to get things done sooner rather than later and would love to see ideas move forward to make things even better each year!

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Board Members

Christine Simpson - Director 


Christine is a very strong supporter of equality for everyone no matter what. As long as you are respectful to everyone, you will get the same respect back. Christine loves to volunteer whenever and wherever needed and is out to help all who ask and has been an active volunteer at all Surrey Pride functions for the past few years. She has a heart of gold as you will find out when you meet her!
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Morgan Mangell - 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. 

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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.

     
Cathy brings many years of experience in fundraising and a genuine love of helping others and the involvement in the LGBTQ community.

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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

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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.