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In 2002, Pride week was officially proclaimed by eight out of the nine municiplities of the region (Vaughan had declined). In the case of Richmond Hill, their proclamation followed a unanimous vote of council. York Region also granted official recognition for Pride Week.
York Region Map: A=Aurora, EG=East Gwillimbury, G=Georgina, K=King, M=Markham, N=Newmarket, RH=Richmoond Hill, V=Vaughan, W-S=Whitchurch-Stouffville
June 17th-23rd, 2002
Library Launch Party - Wed, June 19 7:00 pm
A community-wide celebration to mark the official opening of the PRIDE York Region McBean GLBTQ Literature and Reference Collection, a lending library for the people of York Region at the Krasman Centre in Richmond Hill.
Inspector Gary Colangelo of York Regional Police joined Brenda Hogg, Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Richmond Hill, in a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the library.
(Pictured, left to right: Co-Chair Cheryl Harrington; Equity Specialist Kevin McBean; Deputy Mayor Brenda Hogg; Inspector Gary Colangelo; Co-Chair Ian A McCallum.)
In her remarks to the crowd, Jai Mills, Executive Director of the Krasman Centre, welcomed us to the building, commenting "the presence here of this wonderful new library is a clear sign that we have succeeded in creating a welcoming and inclusive space at the Krasman Centre."
Following the ceremony, thirty-plus guests enjoyed snacks and browsed the book collection which currently numbers 106 volumes. The collection is expected to double in size within the next year thanks to ongoing donations from the community.
Community PRIDE Church Service 'Singing the Rainbow' - Sun, June 23 7:00 pm
A multi-faith community celebration to wrap up PRIDE Week, held at St. Matthew's United Church, 333 Crosby Avenue in Richmond Hill.
Over sixty people joined us for an evening of music and celebration as Rev. John Joseph Mastandrea led our exploration of the spirit and meaning of the colours of the Pride rainbow.
We thank the people of St. Matthew's United Church for making us welcome and for their ongoing support of our community, pianist/soloist Neill Kernohan and the St. Matthew's choir for the gift of music, and PFLAG York Region for hosting a social hour after the service.
Pride Week 2002 was a
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Rainbow flag flies outside Newmarket Town Hall
Baseball Tournament, Barbecue, and Dance at the Sharon Community Centre ~ hosted by GLAYR, on June 15th.