June is Pride Month!
GSAs meet in Invermere
On Thursday, June 2, 2022, the Genders and Sexualities Alliances, or GSAs for short, from all three secondary schools met at the District Administration Building in Invermere.
The day was organized by teachers of Selkirk Secondary School, Jeff Pew and Catherine Mackenzie, and students facilitated the sessions on the agenda. Topics that were discussed included, the history of Pride, importance of allyship, and discussion how teachers can support gender diverse students.
The highlight of the day was a keynote address by Smokii Sumac, a Ktunaxa two-spirit, trans poet.
The goals of the day were to:
- Collaborate on ideas to promote inclusivity in the school district.
- Meet more LGBTQIA+ people in SD6 and build a stronger sense of community.
- Create impact on both our smaller school communities and SD6.
- Spread awareness about different LGBTQIA+ related issues affecting our schools.
Rotary Interact Club and Golden Secondary Students repaint crosswalk
Members of the Rotary Interact Club who are also students of GSS, repainted the rainbow crosswalk again this year! When asked about the day, one of the students said:
My favourite part of the project is going out and painting with all the members. This event is so bright and colourful and there is always so much positive energy around on the day we paint. I also love being able to represent a club that upholds the values that support inclusion and diversity of all people. I love being able to give Golden a visual representation about inclusion.
We have received so much positive feedback from the community. People love this bright presentation in our town. Our main value of Interact is too give back to the community and with this project, I feel we really achieve this. Seeing the community support from this project gives us such a feeling of joy and gratitude.
Congratulations to all the students that participated.
Rainbow Day at Laird
On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, J. Alfred Laird students celebrated all of the amazing diversity we have in their school and community by hosting Rainbow Day activities.
Thanks to Ms. Cynthia and the Spirit Committee for all of the amazing centres they created!