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Quesnel Pride Society eyes sustainable future

LGBTQ+ community needs assessment launching this month
Quesnel Pride Society president Alison Prentice (alongside Rosie) says the society is currently seeking counsellors to participate in a trial program providing subsidized counselling for LGBTQ+ youth that often cannot access regular counselling due to costs. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Members of the LGBTQ+ community in Quesnel will soon be able to share their input in the Quesnel Pride Society’s first-ever community needs assessment.

The online questionnaire, also available to family members, opens Monday, Jan. 24.

“The main purpose of it is so we can prioritize program development and target grant funding,” said Quesnel Pride Society president Alison Prentice.

“Up until now, there has really been just word of mouth what we think the LGBTQ+ community needs.”

A micro-grant from Fierté Canada is allowing the society to initiate the assessment, designed by Vancouver market research firm, Handmade Insights + Strategy.

The survey will be available for two weeks at

Following its closure, an analysis will be provided to the society to make sense of what was found, implications of the findings and ideas to act upon.

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“Right after we have this community needs assessment, we’ll be working towards a membership drive,” said Prentice.

“We want to make sure that we can get members from everywhere—it can be allies, family members, friends, anybody who wants to be a member of the Quesnel Pride Society.”

The yearly low-cost membership will provide members with advance notices of ticket sales and events.

Prentice said the society is eyeing to build a strong volunteer program and their goal is to host an in-person pride event in 2022.

Planning is already underway for a summer pride parade with the option of online or drive-thru alternatives if COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

The society had closed its doors on Nov. 30, 2020, at Our Space in West Park Mall as restrictions resulted in little use of the rented location.

“Hopefully, in the future, we’ll open something else as things are needed,” said Prentice, adding the society is focusing on building a sustainable future.

The Quesnel Pride Society launched its website last September and can also be found on Facebook.

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