Sticker symbolizes respect for 2SLGBTQI+ communities

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) has unveiled a ‘positive space sticker’ that was designed by Markham students to help create welcoming and inclusive environments for 2SLGBTQI+ communities.

“Our new positive space sticker will serve as an important reminder to all our students, staff and community members of the necessity of inclusion and celebration of all people’s identities in all spaces at our Board,” says Cecil Roach, associate director of education, equitable outcomes and schools. “Through education, we will ensure our schools are positive spaces where all students can feel celebrated and affirmed.”

A positive space sticker is a visible symbol of respect and support for 2SLGBTQI+ communities. It communicates a commitment to creating a safer space that’s free from the discrimination and harassment regularly faced by individuals and their families.

The school board held a sticker design contest that was open to all students and elementary Gender Sexuality Alliances (GSA). The winning design was created by the Unicornellers GSA from Cornell Village Public School. “Having our design featured as the official positive space sticker for all of YRDSB has been an amazing experience for myself and my students,” says Bonny Skinner, the school’s GSA advisor. “My students and I love knowing that there will be a bit of our spirit, creativity and passion for inclusivity in all the positive spaces of YRDSB schools.”

“The importance of GSAs in our schools cannot be overstated,” says Hayden Bendavid, equity teacher facilitator. “Research confirms that the presence of a GSA has both a positive and lasting impact on mattering, belonging and well-being for our queer students, as well as the entire school community. Having a new positive space sticker designed by a GSA is an inspiring step forward for our Board on our path to creating inclusive spaces for all.”

Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQJ5kr-kkR8 to learn more about the winning entry.

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