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Letter to the editor: Thank you, Thunder Bay!

Thank you, Thunder Bay!

To the editor:

To all of Thunder Bay, I want to start with a massive thank you! Thank you for making Thunder Pride 2019 an incredible success.

We saw record numbers of people join us throughout the 16 days and record numbers taking in the new block party and street festival. We saw record numbers of people taking part in the parade and lining Algoma Street. Our organization was so thrilled and happy to see the level of engagement in pride this year here in Thunder Bay.

What an incredible time it is for our organization, from the announcement in February on being awarded the 2021 Canada Pride National Conference and AGM, to the three local school boards raising the pride flag to foster an even more inclusive and welcome school community or to our block party and parade.

We have seen some wonderful moments so far in 2019.

To our volunteers, thank you! To our Sponsor, for your generosity and support of Thunder Pride Association, thank you! To the citizens of Thunder Bay and our LGBTIQ2S community, we give you a standing ovation for bringing our community together, for showing we have a giant heart. We will not let the troubles or negativity take hold in our city.

Thunder Pride Association will continue our hard work to ensure all people have a welcoming, inclusive and diverse city to be proud of. Thunder Pride Association is a giant rainbow umbrella where every single human being is welcome and valued.

Happy Pride!

Jason Veltri,
Thunder Pride Association chair

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