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UG schools celebrate unity and pride at 3rd annual Pride picnic

May 30, 2024

Orangeville, ON – As Pride Month approaches, five schools from the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) have gotten a head start in its celebrations by hosting the third annual Pride picnic.

The picnic was enjoyed by students and staff at Monora Park for a vibrant celebration of diversity and inclusivity. 

Originally founded by Erin District High School, the event was hosted by Orangeville District Secondary School (ODSS) and provided 2SLGBTQIA+ and allied students with an opportunity to connect and celebrate Pride Month.

The park was filled with joy and camaraderie as students participated in a variety of engaging activities including games, crafts, workshops, and lively open mic performances. The entire agenda was thoughtfully planned by the ODSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance, emphasizing student leadership and empowerment.

“Not only does the event enable students from equity-seeking groups to connect with peers, it also allows them to take on leadership roles,” said ODSS teacher, Anne Thomson. “It empowers students to see themselves as community organizers and change makers.”

The highlight of the picnic was the keynote speech by Ricky Schaede, a local artist and art instructor who is a proud member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Schaede shared his personal journey as an artist and his experiences as a gay man during high school, inspiring the attendees with his resilience and creativity.

The Pride picnic was a success in fostering a supportive and inclusive environment, celebrating the diversity and strength of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community within the school board.


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