PG School District Recognized for Being LGBTQ Friendly
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Pride Society has expressed its gratitude to the Prince George School District by awarding it the 2016 Phoenix Award.
The award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has really shown change in the last year.
Prince George Pride president Stacy Hewlett says the District “really fits that bill.” She says some of the District’s recent accomplishments in making it more LGBTQ friendly include:
- Having a LGBTQ advisory group
- Hiring an inclusivity resource teacher
- Having an LGBTQ policy which is now being looked at and revised to include more about gender
- All schools are working on having an all-gender bathroom
- The District purchased $10,000 worth of LGBTQ based resources for schools
- It developed and started the live binder – all online LGBTQ based resources
“I think through some education the school district has started to realize that everyone needs that support and everyone needs that acknowledgement,” she says.
“And having something as simple as a gender neutral bathroom or all inclusive stickers on the door saying this is a homophobic-free safe zone – that’s a big deal for a lot of kids and if they can come to school feeling safe, that’s huge.”
Trustee and vice-chairperson of the Board of Education Tim Bennett says the award would not have been possible without the hard work of district staff.
“Over the past couple of years they’ve put in a lot of time and energy into ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for all the students,” he says. “It’s great to be recognized by the PG Pride Society.”