Safe ‘n Sound will be hosting its first LGBTQ+ education conference on Saturday, May 9th from 10am-4pm at Howe Sound Secondary School in Squamish. The workshops planned for the day aim to bridge the LGBTQ+ community with each other, connect allies within the Squamish community, and link resources available. The conference, entitled, ‘Someone Like Me’ features Canadian comedian and TV show host, Elvira Kurt, as their keynote speaker. Expect queer competency training, human sexuality training, and facilitated discussion for youth, families, educators, and associates. Representatives will be on hand from the Howe Sound Secondary Diversity Club and the Squamish Public Library to share community resources and answer questions in a safe, welcoming environment.
How is Quest involved you may ask? Grace Salisbury, Class of 2015, continues to be an integral part of Safe ‘n Sound’s development and resource collection initially prompted through her Experiential Learning at Quest. Grace’s interest is personal, reinforced by her eagerness to support and nurture compassion within her communities, both within the Squamish community (Safe ‘n Sound), and the Quest community (The Lumen Room). Another familiar name within Safe ‘n Sound’s planning committee is Krista Lambie, Quest’s Manager of Accessibility, Equity, and Career Services.
Krista, Safe ‘n Sound event coordinator, has worked diligently to connect Quest with Squamish resources, including training opportunities and providing a space where youth can connect.
The support for the all-day conference has been tremendous and overwhelmingly positive. Sponsorship includes Squamish Integrated Health, Sea to Sky Gondola, The Squamish Chief, and Mountian FM, to name only a few.
You can find more information on Safe ‘n Sound, or the upcoming ‘Someone Like Me’ event at www.safensoundsquamish.com.