Want to make changes at Pride Toronto? Here’s your chance!

Did you know if you volunteered 8 hours or more at Pride, you’re a voting member of Pride Toronto? Did you know there is a Pride Toronto Annual General Meeting on October 24, 2013? Did you know members will be voting on changes to the Pride Toronto by-laws at the AGM? Did you know all Dyke March Toronto members have a vote, and we’re taking our cues from you?!

Dyke March Toronto is hosting an information session about the upcoming Pride Toronto AGM and the proposed changes to the by-laws on October 17, 2013. Nominees to the Pride Toronto Board of Directors will also be present to take your questions. We hope to facilitate a community discussion to share what we know, and gather feedback that we can take to the AGM and beyond. We want to use our votes to make changes that will positively affect our communities, and encourage all voting members to VOTE!

Pride Toronto is looking to make a number of changes to the by-laws, and will be seeking to pass all of these changes as one package. In shaping the proposed by-laws, Pride Toronto’s community consultation process garnered feedback from roughly 30 people (out of 600 members) at community meetings. Two members of the Governance Committee, the committee responsible for writing the proposed changes, took the time to meet with the Dyke March, but our concerns were met with a great deal of resistance. We would like to share the outcome of that meeting with our communities.Β Everyone is entitled to share concerns at the AGM, and question the by-laws and potential new Board members, regardless of whether they are a member of Pride.

The meeting will be held at Sherbourne Health Centre, which is accessible to mobility devices.
ASL-English Interpretation provided.
The space is child friendly.
Light snacks will be provided.

https://www.facebook.com/events/173681826158000/
Some helpful and informative resources:

The Community Advisory Panel Report (recommendations start on page 6):
http://www.scribd.com/doc/49106057/Community-Advisory-Panel-Report-Executive-Summary

Current By-Laws:
http://www.pridetoronto.com/uploads/PDFs/2013-AGM-documents/PT%20By-Laws%20as%20of%201-March-12%20v2.0.pdf

Proposed By-Laws
http://www.pridetoronto.com/uploads/PDFs/2013-AGM-documents/PT%20NEW%20By-Laws%20v2.7%2016-Sep-13.pdf

If you have questions or concerns about our organizing, or if you can’t attend this meeting, e-mail as at dykemarchto@gmail.com

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About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need β€” and demand β€” more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
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