_ (via Capital Pride) _ The 30th Ottawa Capital Pride Festival was a resounding success and we continue to grow. Capital Pride, which organizes the festival, is actively seeking Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, and 2 Spirited individuals to become a part of Capital Pride’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC).
“Capital Pride’s mission is to be a catalyst for building and celebrating the strength, equality, dignity and self-determination of the Rainbow community of the National Capital Region,” said Tammy Dopson, Community Advisory Committee Chair and Spokesperson. “In order to fulfill that mission we are inviting the broadest range of voices to become actively involved.”
Capital Pride/La Fierté dans la Capitale is a community supported, not-for-profit organization committed to excellence and the continued improvement of all programs and events. The organization values and supports individuals, families and allies, and is building partnerships across communities.
The Community Advisory Committee(CAC) governs and oversees all aspects of the organization including providing direction to the Operations Committee that plans and delivers the Capital Pride Festival. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit a Letter of Interest outlining the reason for your interest in becoming a member of the CAC, and the qualities and experience you bring to the table. Potential candidates will be interviewed as part of the application process. Those interested should send their letter of interest via e-mail to CAC@ottawacapitalpride.ca
On February 22, 2016, Capital Pride held its first Annual General Meeting at which CAC Directors (both returning and recently joined) were voted in and Bylaws were approved. To ensure legitimacy as a registered non-for-profit corporation, Capital Pride and its Festival Operations recently underwent an audit by a credited third party where our entire organisation, including key financial, systems and management processes, was reviewed. Dopson says “We are extremely proud to have met the auditor’s requirements and will be incorporating their recommendations to ensure that fiscal responsibility and transparency will remain one of the main cornerstones of Capital Pride”. The by-laws and audited financial statements are now available on our website at www.ottawacapitalpride.ca.
We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to Christine Leadman and the Bank Street BIA for their continued guidance with respect to financial oversight and their generous in-kind operational support. It has been much appreciated since we launched our first year of operation and as we move forward with the 2016 edition of Ottawa’s most colourful festival.
In Other Festival News
Capital Pride/La Fiertédans la Capitale is counting down the days to the 2016 festival, scheduled to take place August 15-21. Festival Producer, Joanne Hughes, has been working on growing the arts and heritage components of Pride Week and continuing to ensure activities are safe and welcoming to the entire Rainbow spectrum.
“In 2016, Capital Pride/La Fierté dans la Capitale will feature an increasingly diverse set of artists and performers” said Hughes. “We will be announcing our exciting line up of events for 2016 in the very near future and providing details about how members of the LGBTTIQQ2S community can partner, volunteer and participate.”
To submit your letter of interest to the CAC, please contact:
CAC Hiring Committee CAC@ottawacapitalpride.ca