Local Groups to Support Strathmore’s 2SLGBTQIA+ Community with Pride Crosswalk

Aerial photo of Strathmore Municipal Building
Local Groups to Support Strathmore’s 2SLGBTQIA+ Community with Pride Crosswalk

STRATHMORE, ALBERTA – September 14, 2023 – During the July 19th Regular Meeting of Town Council, three local community groups Skatemore Girls, the Wheatland Youth Network, and Prospect Human Services Skills for Success presented their delegation to Council. Inspired by similar installations in multiple communities across Alberta, the Strathmore residents requested permission to paint a privately funded, pride crosswalk.

At the meeting, the community groups shared their vision for an addition to Strathmore’s streetscape. Town Council carefully reviewed the proposal, taking into account the interests and perspectives of all involved parties.

In her delegation presentation, Becca McDonald, founder of Skatemore Girls, spoke about pride crosswalks saying, “They represent a visible statement of support and acceptance, letting 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals know that they are seen, heard, and valued in our community.”

Mayor Pat Fule stated, “Our Council values the opportunity for any delegation to request to speak at a Council meeting regarding the ideas, issues, or concerns that are important to them or their community.”

Council considered the delegation's proposal and ultimately granted permission for the community groups to proceed with their privately funded crosswalk project.

Mayor Fule added “Allowing these groups to install their pride crosswalk aligns with Council’s commitment to supporting grassroots initiatives.” Adding, “Strathmore has a history of valuing collaborative projects that enhance our town's vibrancy. This project represents a collaborative effort between community groups, and we're pleased to see our residents taking an active role in helping to support a group of Strathmore’s more vulnerable residents.”

The local groups had originally asked to install the crosswalk along a pathway on Thomas Drive; however, this location was not public roadway. During the September 6th Regular Meeting, Town Council provided permission for the pride crosswalk to be installed at the Strathmore Municipal Building with a painting event scheduled for September 23, 2023. To learn more about the delegation process and how you can speak at Council meetings, visit Strathmore.ca/CouncilMeetings.

Quick Facts:

  • The project was created by local community groups Skatemore Girls, the Wheatland Youth Network, and Prospect Human Services Skills for Success
  • The pride crosswalk was privately funded by local community groups

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Johnathan Strathdee,                                                    
Manager of Legislative Services, Communications, and Marketing
(403) 934-3133 ext. 227

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