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New board of directors appointed for Okanagan Pride

The non-profit society behind Okanagan Pride has elected a new board of directors at its annual general meeting on Dec. 10.

The former five member board expanded to nine as the society continues to build on the momentum created by a successful Okanagan Pride Festival in August this year.

Serving on the newl board will be Wilbur Turner, president; 
Brad Therrien, vice-president; 
Catherine Mateo, secretary;
Jacob Atchison, treasurer; and directors 
Colby Johnson,
Coleman Patterson,
Laurel Combs,

Michael Haffenden and Yael Cohen.

The society, formerly named Okanagan Rainbow Coalition, underwent a name change with the membership at the AGM voting in favor of Okanagan Pride as the new name.

A well, society members were in favour of changing the name of the society’s space on Water Street from “The Centre” to “Okanagan Pride Centre.”

“The change of name does not change our mission,” said Turner.

“Okanagan Pride is a well-known name in the community and in the past there has been confusion about the society having a different name.

“We believe this will help bring awareness to the fact that we operate all year with fundraising, events and activities for the LGBT community, not just during the annual Okanagan Pride Festival.”

Planning is underway for Okanagan Pride Festival 2013, scheduled for Aug. 11 to 17.

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