Education ProjectFunding

This past summer our Chair and CEO Jonathan Niemczak provided a virtual lunch and learn presentation to Red River College Polytech and Norton Rose Fulbright law firm on the history of the Pride Movement in Canada. The presentation covered the various national events throughout Canada from the 1950s to the 1980s that were pivotal to the national Pride Movement as well as an overview of how the term Two-Spirit came to be and further resources for people to explore the Canadian Pride Movement.

If your organization would be interested in having Jonathan present to your organization and provide them with a greater understanding of why we have Pride, please contact us at info@cphs.ca.

Finances

The first-quarter financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023, have been approved by the Board of Directors. The Canadian Pride Historical Society’s net income was $2,443 for the first three months of the 2022-23 fiscal year. To view the FY 2022-23 Q1 Financial Results please click on the link below.

FY 2022-23 Q1 Financial Results

Volunteering

Volunteers are vital to the success of our organization, and we are grateful for the hundreds of hours our volunteers dedicate to the work of the Canadian Pride Historical Society. This volunteer spotlight is for Vibha Bhat, one of our Research Coordinators based out of Toronto, Ontario, read more below.

Before volunteering at the CPHS, what was the most unusual or interesting volunteer job you’ve ever had?

I am passionate about interacting with people from various backgrounds and in different stages in life. It helps me communicate more effectively. With that in mind, I have volunteered at a local organization which educated new mothers on important aspects of child care, and helped them choose cloth diapers over disposables as we head towards a more sustainable environment.

How did you first learn about the CPHS?

I learned about it through Charity Village. I did further research on my own, which peaked my interest tremendously.

How do you balance your volunteer time at the CPHS with your other competing priorities?

Since the hours of volunteering at CPHS are flexible, I would be able to dedicate my time on the weekends.

How has the CPHS helped you in your professional development?

CPHS gives me the opportunity to interact with professionals from different backgrounds and slightly different time zones, so it helps me hone my interpersonal and collaboration skills. I would also be able to improve my time management skills, as well as make a meaningful and positive impact on the lives of those around me.

What are 3 words to describe the CPHS?

Making a difference.

What has been your favourite project at the CPHS?

I am a google-a-holic(if that is a word). I love to research and so my favorite project is finding references on past Pride Parades.

What is your proudest moment at the CPHS?

My proudest moment would definitely be getting the opportunity to contribute to the LinkedIn page.

What advice do you have for prospective volunteers for the CPHS?

This opportunity will help you develop key soft skills which will be easily translated to your career, so give it your best. Enjoy every minute of knowing you are contributing to documenting Pride history and educating young minds about it.

Social Media

We’re happy to announce that we have joined Instagram @CanPrideHistory!

We love sharing about our collective pride history. Follow us to learn more and stay up to date on all the accomplishments we’ve reached.

We welcome you to follow us and we hope you learn a bit more about the history of the Pride Movement in Canada.

Website

At the Canadian Pride Historical Society, we are committed to ensuring that our external information and communications are provided in both official languages. We are pleased to announce that our website is now fully translated into French and can be accessed at www.fr.cphs.ca or by clicking on the “FR” button at the top of the page.

Education ProjectResearch Project

On June 3rd, 2022, the Canadian Pride Historical Society (CPHS) launch its extensive Research and Educational Materials that documents the historical account of the Pride Movement in Canada. CPHS’s Research and Educational Materials is the cumulation of two years of extensive research and development of education resources for the use in schools, and for the general public. The Research and Educational Materials can be accessed via CPHS’s interactive, robust website. This launch is part of CPHS’s commitment to provide a historical account of the Pride Movement across Canada and locally. Please see the link video for the recording of the Research and Educational Materials launch for Manitoba which took place on June 3rd, 2022, 5:30 pm CT, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).

As part of the launch event, the CPHS took part in the 2022 Pride Winnipeg/Fierté Canada Pride parade with a walking group.

CPHS believes that every Canadian should have access to the history of Pride Movements in Canada with the goal of inspiring conversations about the Pride Movement. The CPHS believes conversations through the sharing of Pride knowledge, research, and stories of Pride’s past, will ensure the future of the Pride Movement.  Presently in Canada, a centralized national database and/or detailed historical account of the Pride Movement in Canada does not exist.  In addition to creating a Pride historical account, CPHS has developed national and local pride historical materials and educational resources for current use by educators, teachers, and the general public which are also available via the society’s website.

Volunteering

Volunteers are vital to the success of our organization, and we are grateful for the hundreds of hours our volunteers dedicate to the work of the Canadian Pride Historical Society. This volunteer spotlight is for Jessica Klauke, one of our Sr. Research Coordinators based out of Oshawa, Ontario, read more below.

Before volunteering at the CPHS, what was the most unusual or interesting volunteer job you’ve ever had?

Prior to volunteering a CPHS the most interesting volunteer position I had was acting as a mentor for a week-long summer camp program with PFLAG. It was an incredible opportunity working with such a supportive group of teens and fellow mentors.

What advice do you have for prospective volunteers for the CPHS?

Some advice I have for prospective volunteers is because everything is done online it is helpful to set a consistent time in your week to work on assignments. This ensures that you will always have a block of time within your week to accomplish assigned tasks.

What are 3 words to describe the CPHS?

Three words I would use to describe CPHS are growing, exciting, and inclusive.

What do you find the most challenging at the CPHS?

What I find most challenging about my role is prioritizing my tasks. While I have a variety of tasks I need to complete, I also want to ensure that my research team can confidently complete their tasks.

What do you like the most about the CPHS?

What I enjoy doing the most is reaching out to people and being able to gather information either via email or interview. All the interactions I have had have been very positive and it is enjoyable listening to people talk about their experiences.

What is your proudest moment at the CPHS?

My proudest moment at CPHS, thus far, is being promoted to the role of Senior Research Coordinator. This is a role that challenges me, and I quite enjoy doing it.

AGM

The Canadian Pride Historical Society (CPHS) will be holding its virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, July 18, 2022, at 5:00 PM CST. 

Membership     

Only members of the CPHS may submit agenda items, including proposed By-Law amendments, and vote on business conducted at the AGM. You will be required to renew your membership before the start of the AGM on Monday, July 18, 2022, at 5:00 PM CST to fully participate in the AGM as a voting member. To renew your membership please go here. If you require an accessible option for completing the membership form please contact us at info@cphs.ca. Failure to renew will result in your agenda item and/or proposed By-Law amendment being removed from the agenda.   


Agenda Items   

If you wish to submit an agenda item for the 2022 AGM please send your proposed agenda item along with any associated documentation to info@cphs.ca. Please note that all agenda items must be submitted by June 18, 2022. All agenda item submissions require approval from the CPHS Board of Directors before they can be placed on the AGM agenda.   


Proposed By-Law Amendments   

If you wish to submit a proposed By-Law amendment for the 2022 AGM please send your proposed By-Law amendment to info@cphs.ca. Please note that all proposed By-Law amendments must be submitted by June 18, 2022. All proposed By-Law amendment submissions require approval from the CPHS Board of Directors before they can be placed on the AGM agenda. You can view the current copy of the CPHS By-Laws here.  

If you have any questions about the AGM please contact us at info@cphs.ca.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2022 CPHS AGM.

Finances

The fourth-quarter and year-end financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022, have been approved by the Board of Directors. The Canadian Pride Historical Society’s net income was $4,117 for the 2021-22 fiscal year. To view the FY 2021-22 Q4 and Year-End Financial Results please see the links below.

FY 21-22 Q4 Financial Statements

FY 21-22 Year-End Financial Statements

Volunteering

Volunteers are vital to the success of our organization, and we are grateful for the hundreds of hours our volunteers dedicate to the work of the Canadian Pride Historical Society. This volunteer spotlight is for Priya Sivarajan, one of our Research Coordinators based out of Toronto, Ontario, read more below.

Before volunteering at the CPHS, what was the most unusual or interesting volunteer job you’ve ever had? 

Before volunteering at the CPHS, the most interesting volunteer job I had was working as a program assistant for the CanSkate program at my local rink. I began when I was 11 and did it just until the pandemic began, and loved getting to teach skaters of all different skill levels, and see them come to love skating just as much as I did! I was never doing quite the same thing: sometimes I’d teach just one completely new skater, or I’d teach a whole group of nearly ten, or I’d come up with fun games we could play. I learned a lot about communication and creativity, and came to love my sport in a whole new way.

How has the CPHS helped you in your professional development?

The CPHS has helped me learn to become a more resourceful researcher, and a better problem-solver. This has helped me in my academics, as I have become more efficient at finding what I need for papers and assignments. I also know that this will help me in my summer job this year, as I will have to learn many new things and solve problems I have never before come across.

What do you find the most challenging at the CPHS?

I find that learning more about the smaller, rural Prides can be quite difficult. These are such an interesting and vital part of what Pride in Canada is and can be, but due to their smaller community sizes, information can be a bit more difficult to come by. But I find that only makes it more rewarding when you’re able to find a novel way to find the information you’re looking for.

What do you like the most about the CPHS?

What I like most about the CPHS is that it’s ever-evolving – we’re always looking for ways to get even better and accomplish our mission in new ways. We’re never doing the same thing in the same way, which makes it so much more interesting to do this research.

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