Saturday June 23, 2018
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Running With Pride: BMO Celebrates Longstanding Support of LGBTQ+ Community with 23rd Annual Pride and Remembrance Run

Pride & Remembrance Run – Toronto (CNW Group/BMO Financial Group)

TORONTOJune 15, 2018 /CNW/ – On Saturday, June 23rd, the 23rd annual Pride and Remembrance Run will see thousands of participants lace up for the largest fundraising event held during Toronto Pride Month. BMO Financial Group will once again join racers to show its support as the Platinum Sponsor.

The Pride and Remembrance Run is an annual community run promoting and fostering community spirit, goodwill and sportsmanship in the LGBTQ+ community. The annual 5k run or 3k walk will take place on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018. The run coincides with Toronto Pride, which is devoted to the celebration and support of Toronto’s diverse LGBTQ+ community. In addition to being one of the most popular running events in the GTA, the Run raises critical funds for LGBTQ+ projects and initiatives benefiting the community. Over the past 23 years, the Pride and Remembrance Association has raised over $1.6 million for local charities that support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) community.

This year, participants will raise money to benefit four Toronto Organizations: Women’s College Hospital’s Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund; LGBT Youth Line’s LGBT Youth Connect; Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives’ Digital Hub Project; and The Pride and Remembrance Foundation. 100% of the donations made go directly to these organizations as they continue invaluable work that changes the lives of people in communities across Canada. 


Chris Brohman, President, Pride and Remembrance Association


Nardine Flaro, Regional Vice President, Toronto Downtown, BMO Bank of Montreal

Paul Noble, Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary, BMO Capital Markets



The 23rd Annual Pride and Remembrance Run, supported by BMO Financial Group



Saturday, June 23rd, 2018


9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon ET


Race begins at 10:00 a.m. ET


After Run Party Remarks at 11:00 a.m. ET



Start/Finish Line: Corner of Church and Wellesley Streets


After-Run Party: Barbara Hall Park (519 Church St., Toronto, ON)

“The commitment we have to fostering inclusion in the workplace is longstanding. Celebrating diversity with our employees, customers and partners in the communities where we do business means a great deal to us,” said Darryl White, Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. “BMO has a powerful diversity and inclusion story to share – 45,000 talented people enrich our workplace with their unique perspectives and abilities. And as a sponsor of the Pride and Remembrance Run for 20 years, we’re proud to support participants as they raise critical funds for projects and initiatives that benefit the community.”

“For more than 20 years, the Pride and Remembrance Run and the LGBTQ+ community have rallied together with spirit and sportsmanship to show our pride and to give back,” said Chris Brohman, President of the Pride and Remembrance Run. “Now, more than ever, it is important that we continue to foster the community spirit that unites us.”

The five kilometer run/three kilometer walk kicks off at the start line with warm-ups led by Christopher Roche of the Rosedale Fitness Club. The run begins with a blast of the horn by the legendary Michelle DuBarry.

About the Pride and Remembrance Run 
In 1996, three gay athletes founded the Pride and Remembrance Run, an annual five-kilometre run / three-kilometre walk coinciding with Toronto’s Pride Week. It was dedicated to partnering the themes of PRIDE and REMEMBRANCE with community celebration and personal achievement.

The Pride and Remembrance Run has become an annual tradition promoting and fostering community spirit, goodwill, volunteerism and sportsmanship in the LGBTQ+ community. For more information, visit

About BMO and Diversity 
Diversity, and how we learn from each other’s differences, is a core value at BMO. We strive to create an environment that is reflective of the communities we serve; where diverse perspectives are welcome and everyone is comfortable being their authentic selves. As we learn from our differences, we are able to bring together diverse backgrounds, perspectives and communities. Building a diverse and inclusive workplace helps us ensure our employees and customers feel valued, respected and heard.

SOURCE BMO Financial Group

For further information: Media Contacts: Kim Johnson, Toronto –, 416-867-3996; Valérie Doucet, Montreal,, 514-877-8224


Fundraise $100 Contest

The PrideRun raises much needed funds for LGBTQ+ projects, in large part due to runners like you! We’re at 60% of our goal of $150,000 – and we need your help.

From now until June 23, you will have the chance to win a $1,000 MasterCard gift card if you fundraise over $100! If all runners raised $100 – we would meet our goal today! Come out and support the LGBTQ+ community this Pride. 

Need tips on how to get started? check out our fundraising tips! 

Click here to learn more about our 2018 beneficiaries.
See you at the starting line on June 23 and THANK YOU for supporting the Pride and Remembrance Run!

Pride and Remembrance Run Board of Directors

Beneficiary Spotlight: Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives

Toronto, Ontario (May 22, 2018)
Project: Digital Hub

The CLGA currently has 15 separate databases which are used for cataloguing and describing different the different types of materials stored in the archives. The software does not provide validation controls to ensure consistent data entry, making searching, reporting, and data entry cumbersome and inefficient. With our current system we are not able to make our collection database available to the public for in-house or on-line searching – only our staff and volunteers have access.

Digital Hub will be a new search interface to the records describing the diverse collections housed at the CLGA, as well as the full text of significant newspapers and documents such as The Body Politic which have already been digitized. This search portal will allow researcher anywhere in the world to delve into the collections, see connections between items, request more information from the CLGA, and add their own comments and feedback. The behind the scenes administrative database management system will also be upgraded to comply with current national descriptive standards for each material type, and to improve consistency of subject and naming conventions.

About CLGA
Since 1973, the Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives acquires, preserves and provides public access to material on the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer committees in Canada. The CLGA is the largest independent LGBTQ+ archive in the world.

The Archives were established in 1973 by The Body Politic’s editorial collective (also known as the Pink Triangle Press). Originally named the Canadian Gay Liberation Movement Archives, the organization became the Canadian Gay Archives in 1975; established a separate collective in 1976; incorporated in 1980; received Charitable status in 1981; formed a board of directors in 1992; and adopted its current name in 1993.

Beneficiary Spotlight: LGBT Youth Line

Toronto, Ontario (May 14, 2018)
Project: LGBT Youth-Connect

LGBT Youth Connect will create a centralized hub that supports networking, skill-sharing, and collaborations among 2SLGBTQ grassroots youth groups and youth leaders across Ontario.

A dedicated section on the website will further support youth with resources and tools on how to organize community-driven spaces with a focus on building more anti-oppressive, accessible spaces while increasing their understanding of the unique needs of individuals identifying as Trans, Non-binary, Two-Spirit, Asexual, and Intersex.

About LGBT Youth Line
LGBT Youth Line is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (29 and under) across Ontario. We do this by:

  • Providing anonymous peer support and referrals;
  • Training youth to provide support to other youth; and
  • Providing resources so youth can make informed decisions.

The first organizing meeting of the Lesbian Gay Bi Youth Line was held in June 1993, and included representatives from other queer youth organizations in Toronto. Through the hard work of volunteers and the support and endorsement of community agencies, including the Kid’s Help Phone, the Children’s Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto, and Distress Centres Ontario, the phone lines opened on May 2, 1994. Over the next two years, the service grew to provide peer support and information to over 400 young people per month. The organization officially changed its name to Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line in 2005 to better reflect the community it represents.

Fly Around The World Giveaway!!

Toronto, Ontario (May 12, 2018)

The Pride and Remembrance Run, with the support of Air Canada, is giving away two (2) economy class tickets (with return) for travel to any of Air Canada’s 220+ Worldwide Destinations!

Announced at Pride Run’s annual Launch Party, registered Pride Run runners will be granted one (1) automatic entry for every $250 of donations raised for the Pride and Remembrance Run’s 2018 Beneficiaries. For example, if a runner fundraises $500, they are automatically granted two entries into the giveaway. Cut-off date for entry into the giveaway is Noon on Friday, June 22, 2018, and the prize winner will be drawn from a hat at the end of the Pride Run After Party in Barbara Hall Park. 

If you have any questions regarding the giveaway, please contact


Beneficiary Spotlight: Women’s College Hospital

Toronto, Ontario (May 4, 2018)

Project: Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund

The Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund at Women’s College Hospital will help offset the cost of select transition-related surgeries (TRS) not covered by OHIP for eligible patients. At this time, funds may be used for chest contouring/masculinization, breast augmentation, and travel expenses incurred for those having TRS at Women’s College Hospital. The out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of these surgeries can often have a devastating impact on people who may be already facing socioeconomic challenges. The goal of this fund is to provide better access and support to trans people undergoing their transition-related surgeries at Women’s College Hospital.

“My patients, by and large, have had negative experiences with hospitals and the healthcare system, and I give them the care they deserve. I didn’t by chance land upon this specialty, I chose it as a way to not only perform surgery, but also as a way to serve social justice. With barriers recently removed for patient evaluation and referral in our province, we are now able to perform transition related surgeries at Women’s College Hospital – it is our goal to be able to offer the first vaginoplasties in Toronto by the end of 2018. Additional funding offered by the Transition Related Surgery Compassionate Fund, supported by the Pride and Remembrance Run, will further alleviate the financial burden of transition-related expenses, ensuring patients have access to comprehensive care regardless of their socio-economic background.”

Dr. Yonas Krakowski, Gender Reassignment Surgeon at Women’s College Hospital

About Women’s College
Women’s College Hospital is Canada’s only fully independent, academic, ambulatory hospital focused on revolutionizing healthcare for women and advancing health equity for all. Through groundbreaking research, innovations in patient care and a focus on developing new solutions that address the greatest challenges facing the health system today, WCH is leading the way in building a stronger, more equitable future for all Canadians.

Women’s College Hospital was founded over 100 years ago to give women a place to study and practice medicine when no one else would let them in. Their legacy of innovation and leadership speaks volumes about their commitment to pioneering new healthcare solutions for women and their families.

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