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Pride and Remembrance Association selects Board of Directors for 2017

Toronto, December 2, 2016

As the fun quotient, public profile and complexities of delivering The Pride and Remembrance Run grows, so does the importance of the board’s role. To this end, please join us in welcoming the 2017 Board of Directors who are committed to continuing the important legacy of The Run and founding principles of: fun, sporting camaraderie, and organizational professionalism. Their proven leadership abilities will help the PRA continue to expand our impact in the LGBTQ community and beyond.

Stephanie Chao - Director-at-Large Sheldon Bizjak - Co-President Alexandra Matveeva - Communications Director Mark Bauer - Treasurer Chris Brohman - Co-President Kevin Imrie - Secretary Wayne Lepine - Registration Director Tony Daddario - Sponsorship Director Alex Koh - Marketing Director Nathan Monk - Race Director  Ryan Resch - Volunteer Director Alan Belaiche - Co-founder and Honorary Member Photo by: David Beckner

Stephanie Chao – Director-at-Large
Sheldon Bizjak – Co-President
Alexandra Matveeva – Communications Director
Mark Bauer – Treasurer
Chris Brohman – Co-President
Kevin Imrie – Secretary
Wayne Lepine – Registration Director
Tony Daddario – Sponsorship Director
Alex Koh – Marketing Director
Nathan Monk – Race Director
Ryan Resch – Volunteer Director
Alan Belaiche – Co-founder and Honorary Member, missing
Photo credit: David Beckner

Call for Beneficiary Applications for the 2017 Pride and Remembrance Run

Toronto, November 11, 2016

The Pride and Remembrance Association is now accepting beneficiary applications from registered LGBTQ charities for the 2017 Pride and Remembrance Run. The run is a 5K Run / 3K Walk held annually during Toronto’s Pride Week.

The Pride and Remembrance Run is the largest event of its kind in Canada and is among the most popular running events in the Toronto area. Over the years, Pride Run participants have raised over $1,000,000 for LGBTQ Charities.

Interested in applying?

Read this year’s process and application guidelines here.

Get the application here!

Please email the completed form to info@priderun.org by the deadline of 11:59pm, December 2, 2016.

Pride and Remembrance Association AGM and Beneficiary Cheque Presentation

Toronto, October 27, 2016

The Pride and Remembrance Association (PRA) presented cheques to the three selected Beneficiaries of the 2016 Pride and Remembrance Run, held on Saturday July 2, 2016.  The presentation was held at Fabarnak, 519 Church Street Community Centre on Thursday October 27.  This year’s Beneficiaries included:

  • The 519 Church Street Community Centre, in support of Not Alone, A Collective Response to Sexual Violence within the LGBTQ Communities
  • The AIDS Committee of Toronto, in support of Positive Youth Outreach Affected People Support Group
  • The Rainbow Railroad, which will help at least four at-risk LGBT individuals escape state-sponsored violence and travel to a safer country where they can claim asylum.

John Farrell (The 519), John Maxwell (ACT), and Ann Rosesnfield and Kimahli Powell (Rainbow Railroad) were on hand to accept cheques.  Presenting on behalf of the Pride and Remembrance Foundation (PRF) and the PRA were Alan Belaiche (PRR Founder and PRF), Bernardine Perreira (PRF), Christopher Brohman and Sheldon Bizjak, both of the PRA.

From Left, Bernardine Perreira PRF, Chris Brohman PRA, John Farrell 519, Sheldon Bizjak PRA, Photo credit Glenn Bell

From Left, Bernardine Perreira PRF, Chris Brohman PRA, John Maxwell ACT, Sheldon Bizjak PRA, Photo credit Glenn Bell

From Left, Bernardine Perreira PRF, Chris Brohman PRA, John Maxwell ACT, Sheldon Bizjak PRA, Photo credit Glenn Bell

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From Left, Bernardine Perreira PRF, Chris Brohman PRA, Ann Rosesnfield and Kimahli Powell Rainbow Railroad, Sheldon Bizjak PRA, Photo credit Glenn Bell

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Ann Rosesnfield and Kimahli Powell Rainbow Railroad, Photo credit Glenn Bell

 

BMO Supports the LGBTQ+ Community with the 21st Annual Pride and Remembrance Run

TORONTO, June 28, 2016–This Saturday, July 2nd, a record number of participants will lace up for the largest fundraising event held during Toronto Pride Month, the 21st annual Pride and Remembrance Run, presented by BMO Financial Group.

 The run, a long-standing tradition held during the Toronto Pride festival to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community, is the largest of its kind in Canada and one of the most popular running events in the Greater Toronto Area. This year, participants will raise money to benefit four Toronto Organizations: The 519, AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), Rainbow Railroad and the Pride and Remembrance Foundation.

 

WHO:

Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

Chuck Coolen, President, Pride and Remembrance Association

 

Tony Tintinalli, Regional Vice President, Toronto Downtown, BMO Bank of Montreal

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

   
   

WHAT:

The 2016 Pride and Remembrance Run, BMO Financial Group (title sponsor)

   

WHEN:

Saturday,July 2nd, 2016

 

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon ET

 

Race begins at 10:00 a.m. ET

 

Awards Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. ET

   

WHERE:

Start/Finish Line: Corner of Church and Wellesley Streets

 

Awards Ceremony: Barbara Hall Park (519 Church St., Toronto, ON

 

“BMO is committed to creating a workplace that values and encourages diversity and inclusion to better serve our customers, who are from all walks of life,” said Paul Noble, Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary, BMO Capital Markets. “We are honoured to be the title sponsor of The Pride and Remembrance Run again this year and to participate through our employee fundraising team, Team BMO. This event is important to the LGBTQ+ community and we look forward to being a part of it.” 

“Runners know the determination and strength it takes to push ahead,” said Premier Kathleen Wynne. “This takes on a special meaning at this year’s Pride and Remembrance Run, when the LGBTQ+ community and our friends lace up to push for a more inclusive, supportive society for everyone. Last month, when our community was rocked by tragedy, it seemed like the finish line we’ve been working towards all these years was still far off. But a record number of participants have signed-up for this year’s run and I’m excited to participate again. With each step, we are getting closer to the loving, accepting society we all deserve.”

“For more than20 years, the Pride and Remembrance Run and the LGBTQ+ community have rallied together with spirit and sportsmanship to show our pride and give back,” said Chuck Coolen, President of the Pride and Remembrance Association. “Now more than ever, it is important we continue to foster the community spirit that unites us.”

The five-kilometre run/three-kilometre walk kicks off at the start line with warm-ups led by James Braithwaite, founder of Braithwaite Physiotherapy/Yorkville Physiotherapy, and a stretching and yoga session led by Michael DeCorte and his Jock Yoga team.

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 priderun.org.

 

About BMO and Diversity

From the development of the first Registered Disability Savings Plan to sponsorship of the Pride and Remembrance Run, BMO is committed to promoting accessibility, inclusivity and equality. This commitment extends to initiatives outside the workplace into all communities where BMO operates.

 

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Jessica Leroux, Toronto, jessica.leroux@bmo.com, 416-867-3996

Michelle Agnelo, Toronto, michelle.agnelo@bmo.com, 416-867-3996

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