The 2nd annual Timmins Pride week was a huge success. The weeklong event kicked off with a flag raising and proclamation at City Hall and featured a host of events like rock and bowl, a pancake breakfast, musical performances and a drag show. The main event of the week was the parade on Saturday June 13 which featured a rally at The Hollinger Park with performances and a surprise wedding proposal.
Mayor Black, Timmins Police and Emergency Services, the Timmins and Area Women In Crisis Centre, Timmins & District Multicultural Centre were in attendance to lend their support to the event. The theme of the event this year was “free to be me” which highlighted the importance of establishing support of the LGBTQ community in Timmins.
Many local businesses showed support by decorating their storefronts with rainbows and ally stickers. The great support and turnout demonstrate that people in Timmins are excited to see events like this in the community.
One of the things that was raised at the Timmins 2020 consultations was the need to build a more inclusive community. Events like this celebrate diversity in Timmins and create a safe community for everyone who lives in the City. A strong sense of community belonging increases community pride and community involvement.