Montreal Pride

Eric Adriaans, National Executive Director, CFI Canada was in Montreal to take part in the pre-parade, LGBT Community Day:

This weekend I was warmly received by a fantastic group of people who also followed through to impress me deeply with their passion, energy and vision. What an amazing group of people.

In his post, Eric included a picture of Badr Hadrioui, CFI volunteer, and Montreal Branch Manager, Joan Bancroft, promoting CFI Montreal/Canada.

Joan Bancroft, Badr Hadrioui  and a team of volunteers stretching to Ottawa, Peterborough all put together a great demonstration of that vision.  Summing up the experience, Joan said, “This little community of ours is a powerhouse…three consecutive days of CFI/Pride programming and you all gave of your time and yourselves to make it so impactful. Think of what we can accomplish by next year? I think of how our community can grow, the friends we’ll make and the conversations our work together will start. Change, on a societal/interpersonal and individual level can be difficult to measure-we can’t always know when/if/how an “intervention” (exposure to a text, interaction in a conversation, attendance at a lecture) will lend itself to a change in attitude or belief, but it matters that we try. It matters that we show up, that we engage ourselves and others in difficult and important conversations. I commend and thank you CFI Montreal, and our support and leadership in Ottawa and T.O- for showing  up, and for embracing me. On to the next!” – See more at: http://centreforinquiry.ca/montreal-pride/#sthash.QVVCpxNi.dpuf

CFI-Montreal-pride-200x200The 2014 Montreal LGBTA Parade and CFIC’s participation in the parade were an amazing success!

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Photo by Badr Hadrioui

The Montreal Gazette video features the “cornucopia of politicians” who joined the parade. However, they were not the highlight of the parade. The most important people in and around the parade were those who were at the parade to celebrate and support the LGBTA community.  This picture is “worth a thousand words“:

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Hadrioui: with subjects’ permission

Thank you Montreal and CFI Montreal; I had a great time!

Joan Bancroft, Badr Hadrioui  and a team of volunteers stretching to Ottawa, Peterborough all put together a great demonstration of that vision.  Summing up the experience, Joan said, “This little community of ours is a powerhouse…three consecutive days of CFI/Pride programming and you all gave of your time and yourselves to make it so impactful. Think of what we can accomplish by next year? I think of how our community can grow, the friends we’ll make and the conversations our work together will start. Change, on a societal/interpersonal and individual level can be difficult to measure-we can’t always know when/if/how an “intervention” (exposure to a text, interaction in a conversation, attendance at a lecture) will lend itself to a change in attitude or belief, but it matters that we try. It matters that we show up, that we engage ourselves and others in difficult and important conversations. I commend and thank you CFI Montreal, and our support and leadership in Ottawa and T.O- for showing  up, and for embracing me. On to the next!” – See more at: http://centreforinquiry.ca/montreal-pride/#sthash.QVVCpxNi.dpuf
This weekend I was warmly received by a fantastic group of people who also followed through to impress me deeply with their passion, energy and vision.  What an amazing group of people. – See more at: http://centreforinquiry.ca/montreal-pride/#sthash.QVVCpxNi.dpuf
Montreal Branch Manager

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