York Regional Police & local LGBTQ charity celebrate community partnership at Stand Proud York Region Charity Gala
On February 19, 2016, York Region celebrated diversity and inclusivity at the 3rd Annual Stand Proud York Region Gala, hosted by local LGBTQ charity PFLAG Canada York Region at Thornhill Golf and Country Club.
The sold out event is York Region’s most colourful celebration of the year and was attended by corporate and local sponsors, elected officials from York Region municipalities, York Regional Police, York Region District School Board, members of the LGBTQ community and its allies, to raise money for the local charity. Funds raised will help PFLAG continue to provide support, education and resources to those with questions or concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity.
PFLAG and York Regional Police (YRP) celebrated their strong community partnership at the gala with the official reveal of their latest edition to a LGBTQ awareness campaign that features YRP’s Constable Laura Nicolle (Badge #1667). Through this collaborative effort, both organizations strive to combat hate and promote understanding of the LGBTQ community.
Police Chief Eric Jolliffe was also awarded with PFLAG’s OUTstanding Achievement Award for displaying an exemplary commitment to diversity and inclusivity through his ongoing support to YRP’s LGBTQ Internal Support Network (ISN) which has grown to become the largest ISN within its service.
“Our employees continue to be our most valuable resource. We are committed to taking care of our staff and providing a safe and inclusive work environment, free of stigma and discrimination,” said York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe. “I am honoured our organization has been recognized by PFLAG for our commitment to the LGBTQ members of York Regional Police.”
Servicing one of Canada’s most diverse regions, PFLAG and YRP will continue working together to create a safer and more welcoming community for all.
PFLAG hosts support meetings the fourth Tuesday of every month at 333 Crosby Avenue in Richmond Hill, providing a safe and confidential space for individuals with questions or concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity to listen, share and grow.