The future of Jasper Pride Festival Society

The executive and board members of the Jasper Pride Festival Society (JPFS) were acclaimed at their annual general meeting on Sept. 30.

They reaffirmed their goal of creating a safe and inclusive atmosphere of equality, acceptance and support for the LGBTQ2+ communities.

“In past decades we’ve made leaps and bounds,” Nick Stadnyk, co-chair of the society, said. “We want to work with Pride organizations to raise issues of the LGBTQ2+ community.”

Stadnyk continues his position as co-chair, and a vacant co-chair position is open. Mallory Parcels is the treasurer, Lexi Zarney is secretary, Sasha Berrington is the Tourism Jasper representative, and Allison Snowball, Erin Steeves, Lynn Wannop and Erin Reade are all members at large.

Stadnyk said the JPFS, which started in 2010 and became a registered society with the province in 2013, is mainly the festival arm of events.

“JPFS plans, hosts and fundraises throughout the year to bring

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BBC Radio Scotland – Our Story, The Craigmillar Festival Society

Mark Stephen tells the story or the Craigmillar Festival Society and the group of young mothers who, in the 1960s, used the arts as the catalyst to transform their community.

Mark Stephen celebrates the Craigmillar Festival Society and the group of young mothers who, in the 1960s used the arts as the catalyst to transform one of Edinburgh’s most deprived housing estates revolutionising the face of community arts across the world.

The story of a young boy who wanted to learn how to play the violin is legendary in Craigmillar. In the early 1960’s, music wasn’t taught in the local area and when his mother asked the headmaster why, she was told that the school had enough trouble getting the children how to learn the 3 R’s. This made her furious, and so she got together with the mother’s club, and came up with the idea for festival.

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