Honouring Pride Month with QMUNITY
Pride Month is a special time for BCCS. We are committed to being an inclusive employer representative of the people of British Columbia. We want our employees, customers, and our communities to know that we stand for equality, and we are committed to creating safe, inclusive environments for all.
We believe Pride is in the everyday actions you take so that everyone in our community can show up as exactly who they are.
Our Do You Proud campaign tells the stories of the LDB’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community members and allies, and highlights what doing proud means to them.
To read the stories of some of the people who make up our community, or to find out more about the Do You Proud campaign, visit https://www.bcldb.com/about/do-you-proud.
In honour of Pride Month, we’re partnering with QMUNITY, BC’s queer, trans and Two-Spirit Resource centre, to directly support the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
What is QMUNITY?
QMUNITY is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives across the province. They provide 2SLGBTQIA+ people with a welcoming and safe space to fully express themselves. Their building, located on Davie Street, currently serves as a catalyst for community initiatives and will soon be a full purpose-built facility that will include 139 units of social housing.
What do they do and what services do they provide?
QMUNITY’s mission is to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives through their three main pillars: Support, Connection, and Leadership. Some of the services they offer include:
- Free counselling
- Information and referrals
- Access to gender-affirming chestwear
- Youth one-on-one peer support
- Peer-facilitated support and social groups
- Volunteer and practicum opportunities
- Workshops and educational resources
- Advisory and consulting services
How is BCCS involved?
Last year, as part of our Do You Proud campaign, which ran throughout the month of August, all our BC Cannabis Stores collected donations at the registers in-store in support of QMUNITY. With your help, we raised $8,775! Combined with donations raised through BCLIQUOR we raised a grand total of $25,285. This donation enabled QMUNITY to establish a brand-new stream for youth to access 10 free counselling sessions through their 2SLGBTQIA+ program. It also enabled QMUNITY to grow the variety of gender-affirming garments being offered to youth across the province.
This June, we will be collecting donations again all month long for Pride Month.
How can you get involved?
For the month of June, you can donate any amount at a BC Cannabis Store location to support QMUNITY in continuing to offer their vital services to communities throughout British Columbia. All donations made go directly towards supporting QMUNITY. Can’t make it to a store in June? Donations can also be made directly through their website at www.qmunity.ca.