Pride is observed in the month of June to commemorate the Stonewall riots in New York, which sparked the gay rights movement in 1969. Pride Month is a time to celebrate the LGBTQ2S+ communities, including individuals within our network, the children, youth and families we serve, along with friends and family in our own personal lives.
It can also be a time to learn what it means to be an ally by recognizing privileges and questioning our inherent biases. We encourage you to take a moment to learn more about LGBTQ2S+ communities, the discrimination, and barriers they face as well as their incredible contributions to Canada. By celebrating diversity and inclusion, we help to create an environment where everyone can be their true selves. CTN commits to creating a safe, welcoming and inclusive space, that reduces barriers and celebrates the diversity of all our unique and wonderful differences.
If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to check out the resources below that contain information about how Pride is being celebrated in our local communities and to assist with conversations at home and at work that support year-round acceptance and belonging.
11 Ways to Be a Respectful LGBTQ2S+ Ally
York Region Pride
30 LGBTQS2+ Kids Books
Books to Read to Your Kids in Honour of Pride
Over the month, please follow along on our social media channels (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) and our website as we share resources and stories.
Engaging Minds Learning Group - Sensory Sensitive Haircuts - Collingwood
Sensory Friendly Haircuts once a month on Mondays starting December 6th, 2021. Haircuts are priced at $25 (regardless of age).
For individuals who are more hesitant, please, book a 15 min gradual spot which will allow time for the individual to come sit in the room, play with toys and slowly increase tolerance to the sensory elements of the haircut process (water spray, sounds of buzzer if used, sound and feel of scissors).
Kerry's Place - (FFS) Sibling Story Time - Online
Sibling Story time is a group that provides the opportunity for young children with a sibling with ASD to learn about and embrace difference. The group consists of a storybook reading, a related activity, and a follow-up parent debrief to discuss the story, its themes, and how to respond to questions that may arise later on. The storybook this month will be “No Such Thing As Normal” by Megan Desjardins.
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