First Gimli Pride celebration Fri., May 24 to Sun., May 26 endorsed by council
Updated: May 8, 2019
The committee organizing the first gay pride event in Gimli will receive up to $500 to cover the cost of paint for Centre St. and at Gimli High School, council decided during its regular meeting April 24.
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.
“This is a great year to launch Gimli’s first Pride event for the LGBTQ community, their families, friends and supporters [so we can all] gather to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness in our community,” the Gimli Pride committee said in its application to the municipality to receive the money for paint and in-kind contributions for various aspects of the Gimli Pride event. The event runs Fri., May 24 to Sun., May 26.
Deputy mayor Richard Petrowski, council’s finance chairman, was initially concerned about approving a community grant outside the usual February grant-funding timeframe. He was eventually satisfied that funding the first-ever such event would be a draw for the community.
“I think it will bring people to town,” he said of the event, which includes a variety of other fun fundraising activities, including a trivia night.
Coun. Peter Holfeuer also liked the idea of supporting a new initiative. “We are not here to judge,” he said. “People should be allowed to express themselves.”
Coun. Thora Palson welcomed the event because she said it would be a perfect focus on diversity.
Mayor Lynn Greenberg also welcomed another summer event. “It’s only in the summer-time that our businesses can get ahead,” he said.
Members of the Gimli Pride committee include Scott Carman, Tammy Axelsson, Marie Arnbjornsson, Tristin Tergesen, Nancy Humniski, Kyle McNally, Alex Kristiansen, Megan Specula, Fiona Axelsson, Teri Nicholson and various other local volunteers.
In other business at its regular meeting April 24, Gimli council:
* Approved the attendance of deputy mayor Petrowski and Coun. Palson at the annual convention of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual convention in Quebec May 30 to June 2. All applicable expenses, such as meals, per diems, accommodation and registration, will be paid by the municipality.
* Decided to apply to the Canadian Coast Guard to cordon off the swimming areas at beaches in Spruce Sands, Loni Beach and South Beach.
Assistant chief administrative officer Kelly Cosgrove estimated a $600 cost for buoys for each beach. “We probably have to get the applications in first then look at funding [should they be approved],” she said.
* Approved use of a mobile kitchen for Thai Plaza Restaurant after the First Ave. business sustained a sewer back-up earlier this year.