Central Saanich is celebrating diversity and pride in the community, and ensuring everyone knows they’re welcome and supported.
The District is installing rainbow benches near schools in the community and a rainbow crosswalk at Newton Place near Bayside Middle School. These symbols will welcome and remind people that Central Saanich is an inclusive community that proudly supports people of all sexual orientations and genders.
The District welcomes residents to celebrate the kick off of Pride Week and join in the Progress Pride flag raising on Friday, June 24, at 2:00 p.m. at Central Saanich Municipal Hall, 1903 Mt Newton Cross Road in Saanichton.
"My hope is that no matter one’s sexual orientation, gender identity of expression, each member of the community is and feels welcome, safe, and supported,” said Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor, who noted the benches and crosswalk will be in highly visible areas of the community and near schools to purposefully serve as a daily reminder to youth the community that they are supported and encouraged to be proud of their identity and individuality. “We’ve heard from the community about the joy and signal of acceptance that a daily reminder such as rainbow crosswalks provide. These permanent installations are just one way Central Saanich can stand with and celebrate inclusion and diversity. I encourage all residents to take active steps to be allies at every opportunity.”