How social media helped create a local community’s first Pride event

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A grassroots social media effort has resulted in the creation of Delta’s first pride event.

The inaugural Delta Pride Picnic will be held on Saturday, August 4 from 3 to 6 pm in Ladner’s Memorial Park. The picnic will feature food, games and activities, guest speakers and a chance to come together for a fun afternoon as a community.

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Simran Walia (left), Kutrina Mosch, John Darras and Lydia Elder on behalf of Ladner United are part of the Delta Pride Picnic organizing committee. (Photograph By SANDY DROVER)

Kutrina Mosch, a new resident to South Delta, started the ball rolling a few weeks ago. She and her kids moved to South Delta in May. One of her children is on the LGBTQ rainbow and is featured in a documentary film that will be part of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in August.

They are active in pride events and the LGTBQ community so when she found out that nothing was being held in Delta, she took to social media to express a desire to create an event.

“All of a sudden I had people message me and it snowballed from there,” she said. “There is a core group of four who are actively making all the decisions behind the scenes, but I have received messages from more than 15 others who wanted to help volunteer. It’s going to be an amazing day of different activities.”

As a first-time event, the organizing committee needs to raise money for the rental of the site, insurance, picnic supplies, decorations and more. Those wishing to donate can do so online.

“Any extra monies raised and not used during the event will be donated to Covenant House as the charity of choice picked by the organizing team,” said Mosch. “We hope that some local businesses will also get behind this event and maybe help by donating some supplies or some food. Anything would help to make this event a success.”

More volunteers are also needed and details can be found at the Delta Pride Picnic Facebook page.

“We just want to put on a family-friendly event to celebrate diversity and inclusion in Delta,” Mosch said. “Our goal this year is to raise awareness of the LGBTQ+ community within Delta and to connect those within the community with one another in a safe, family-friendly environment where everyone – from the young to the young-at-heart – can have fun and enjoy an afternoon picnic in the park.”

Delta Pride Picnic

When: Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 3-6 pm
Where: Memorial Park – 5010 47 Avenue, Delta (Ladner)

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