Pride Events in Chilliwack

Chilliwack Pride Society Queer Connect

Queer Connect at Smoking Gun Coffee Every 3rd Thursday!

6pm – 8pm
Free Entry | Games | 18+ 
Chilliwack Pride Members Only! 
46168 Yale Rd #101

Drag Bingos now twice a month!

1st Wednesday of very month at SideKick Brewing from 6 to 8pm.

3rd Sunday of every month at Bricklayer Brewing from 4pm to 6pm.

These are all-ages venues, must be 19+ to play. $5 for 2 tiles, all proceeds to go to the Chilliwack Pride Society.

GET TO KNOW the Chilliwack pride society

The Chilliwack Pride Society operates on S’ólh Téméxw, the traditional, unceded territories of the Pilalt and Ts’elxweyeqw Stó:lō Coast Salish peoples, and honor them as the rightful keepers of this land. 

We have a responsibility to this land and community and commit to learning how to decolonize our perspectives and worldviews.  

We Recognize the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) as a framework for reconciliation, as called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. 

The 2024 Chilliwack Pride Society is in it’s 5th year of operation.

Jade Geleynse

Jade Lehti

Director & Co-Chair

Jordyne

Jordyne Bird

Director

Naomi

Naomi Amaren

Director & Co-Chair

joy

Joy Dolney

Director

Sheralie Taylor

Sheralie Taylor

Director

Meg McCusker

Meg McCusker

Director

teri

Teri Westerby

Director

leah

Leah Mammel

Director

OUR VISION & MISSION

Vision:

All people will be free to live as their whole and authentic selves safely, openly, equitably, and proudly where they are valued and feel a sense of belonging. Everyone, no matter who they love or how they identify, will be known, accepted, celebrated and included in all aspects of society.

Mission:

We work to support, promote and create safe spaces for our Two-Spirit and LGBTQIAP+ communities in Chilliwack through education, advocacy, representation, and inclusive experiences.  

The following values guide the work of the Chilliwack Pride Society:

Safety

Safety stands as a paramount value, forming the bedrock of our commitment to fostering a community where we all feel included and have a sense of belonging. We prioritize the physical, emotional and cultural well-being of every individual, striving to create environments that are free from discrimination, harassment, and harm.  

Understanding

We embrace the transformative power of understanding. Our commitment is to create spaces where diverse intersectionality and experiences are not only acknowledged but embraced. Through continuous learning, active listening, and promoting a culture of curiosity, we strive to deepen understanding within and beyond the 2SLGBTQIAP+ community.   

Equity

We recognize that true inclusion requires a deliberate focus on dismantling systemic barriers and promoting fairness. We actively work towards addressing disparities, amplifying marginalized voices, and fostering a culture of understanding and allyship to ensure that all individuals can thrive, contribute, and participate in every aspect of our community. 

Accessibility

We are unwavering in our commitment to accessibility as a fundamental pillar. We believe in creating events, spaces, and initiatives that are accessible to all members of our diverse community.  By championing accessibility, we strive to break down barriers, foster equitable opportunities, and ensure that every individual can engage fully with Chilliwack Pride.

Collaboration

We believe that the collective strength of diverse minds working together creates a common sense of purpose for greater impact. Our commitment to collaboration extends beyond our 2SLGBTQIAP+ communities and includes allies, partners, sponsors and supporters. Together, we strive to create a culture where every voice is valued, ideas are shared freely, and collective efforts lead to sustainable success for all. 

Representation

We recognize the profound importance of representation in creating safe and welcoming spaces for all 2SLGBTQIAP+ people. By championing representation, we contribute to the broader tapestry of our community, fostering understanding, inclusion, and a sense of belonging for all. 

Empowerment

We believe in fostering an inclusive and affirming environment that empowers 2SLGBTQIAP+ youth to embrace their authentic selves, free from judgment and discrimination. We aim to empower these young people to confidently navigate their journeys, pursue their aspirations, and contribute positively to society, ensuring a future where diversity is celebrated, and everyone can thrive.

Become a Member

As a member, you’ll be part of a vibrant community committed to fostering understanding, acceptance, and celebration of diversity. Whether you’re an ally or a member of the LGBTQ+ community, your involvement with Chilliwack Pride Society opens doors to meaningful connections, events, and initiatives that promote equality and unity. 

OUR HISTORY

In 2019, a small group of LGBT+ folks hosted what they thought would be a small BBQ Pride celebration in Chilliwack. What they never expected was the overwhelming response of the community as over 700 Chilliwack locals came pouring in to celebrate! This event became Chilliwack’s first EVER Community Pride experience!

After seeing the incredible response and need from the community, the Pride Society was formed in late 2019.

Then, in 2020 – COVID hit. We held a socially distanced Pride scavenger hunt featuring supportive and inclusive local businesses!

In 2021, we hosted the first-ever Chilliwack Pride Festival in partnership with the Downtown Chilliwack Community Market and saw over 10,000 attendees! Since then, we’ve hosted numerous community events such as twice monthly Drag Bingos, annual Youth Dances, community fundraisers, monthly Queer Cafe hang-outs and more! 

In 2022, we hosted Chilliwack Pride for the 4th time, seeing over 20,000 attendees, and set August as our official Chilliwack PRIDE month!

OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

a hand holding the Chase Grey Chilliwack Pride Mural sticker
A person holding a Chilliwack Pride Two Spirit flag
Tourism Chlliwack, District 1881, Rotary Club of Chilliwack, Wellington Natural Health, The City of Chilliwack, Downtown Chilliwack, the Downtown Chilliwack Community Market
a hand holding the Chilliwack Pride banner sticker
a person smiling wearing a white Bee Proud tshirt