We’ve been sharing moments of Pride with surprise and delight swag bags and programming at various community spots around Toronto and the GTA throughout the month of June. The bags consist of environmentally friendly products to provide community members with a few items of appreciation in hopes of putting a smile on their faces. 

This initiative was developed in an effort to bridge access to Pride Toronto Festival programming for specific audiences who may otherwise not be able to participate due to a variety of challenges with only virtual-based programming. The moments of pride are our hope to ensure that all community members feel recognized and a part of Pride Toronto’s 2021 Festival without having to compromise on safety or have access to technology.

Whats in the Bag?

Red Bull and Sugar Free Red Bull from Red Bull, Kombucha from Remedy,  Sports Balls from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Reusable Tumblers from Maple Leaf Food, Hand Sanitizer from Bioss, Cases of Bubbly from Pepsi, Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser from Neutrogena, Mouthwash from Listerine, Diet Coke and Peace Tea from CocaCola, Makeup from MAC, Condoms from Trojan, Rolling Papers from Stori, Headbands from Ontario Federation of Labour, and Instant packages of premium instant coffee from Tim Hortons all packed into Bags from Access Storage, Out TV, Ikea, LCBO.

Places we’ve been!

Fudger House

Sherwin Modeste with Janeen Payne and co-worker - Fudger House
Sherwin Modeste with Janeen Payne and co-worker

Wellesley Central

Sherwin Modeste and Kayla Johnston - Wellesley Central
Sherwin Modeste and Kayla Johnston

Mel Lastman Square

Board Member (leZlie) and friend (Julie Thiers), Jesse James (Councillor Filion's office)
Board Member (leZlie) and friend (Julie Thiers), Jesse James (Councillor Filion's office)

Milliken Park

A staff member, Sherwin Modeste and an Volunteer
A staff member, Sherwin Modeste and a Volunteer

Morningside Park

An staff member, MPP Mitzie Hunter and Sherwin Modeste
An staff member, MPP Mitzie Hunter and Sherwin Modeste

Port Union Waterfront Park

A staff member and two community members with Sherwin Modeste and Nipuni Dhanawardan
Councillor McElvie and MP Anandasangaree

Bayview Ave. & Millwood Rd.

Board Members (Brian De Matos and Ande Clumpus), MP Oliphant and Staff
From left to Right: Board Members (Brian De Matos and Ande Clumpus), MP Oliphant and Staff

CF Shops at Don Mills

Staff with MP Ratansi
Staff with MP Ratansi

Yonge and Montgomery

Brian De Matos (Board member) and MPP Jill Andrew
Brian De Matos (Board member) and MPP Jill Andrew

Ethennonnhawahstihen' Park

A Staff Waving the Pride Flag
A staff member waving the Pride Flag

Riverdale Park East

People at the park with Pride Bags
People at the park with Pride Bags

Hanlan's's Point

(Left) Madee Lovegood and Second from Right Tamar The Doll with guests
(Left) Madee Lovegood and Second from Right Tamar The Doll with guests

Centre Island

(Left) JR (Grant's Friend) and (Right) Grant Gonzales (Board Co-Chair)
(Left) JR (Grant's Friend) and (Right) Grant Gonzales (Board Co-Chair)

Ward's Island

Staff, Board and Volunteers setting up at Wards
Staff, Board and Volunteers setting up at Wards

*Images Captured on the Google Pixel 5

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