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.

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A MLSE Themed tiny basketball, football and puck

Places we’ve been!

Fudger House

Sherwin Modeste (Executive Director) with Fudger House staff Joanne Kang and Janeen Payne
Sherwin Modeste (Executive Director) with Fudger House staff Joanne Kang and Janeen Payne

Wellesley Central Place

Wellesley Central staff, Kayla Johnston with Sherwin
Wellesley Central staff, Kayla Johnston with Sherwin

Mel Lastman Square

Sherwin, leZlie (Board Member), Julie (volunteer), Jesse (Councillor Filion's Office) and Nipuni (Executive Assistant)
Sherwin, leZlie (Board Member), Julie (volunteer), Jesse (Councillor Filion's Office) and Nipuni (Executive Assistant)

Milliken Park

Freya (Volunteer Coordinator), with Sherwin and Shineeca (volunteer)
Freya (Volunteer Coordinator), with Sherwin and Shineeca (volunteer)

Morningside Park

Freya, MPP Hunter and Sherwin
Freya, MPP Hunter and Sherwin

Port Union Waterfront Park

Councillor McElvie and MP Anandasangaree with Pride Toronto staff
Councillor McElvie and MP Anandasangaree with Pride Toronto staff

Bayview Ave. & Millwood Rd.

Brian (Board Secretary), Ande (Board Treasurer), MP Oliphant, Lee (Operations Coordinator), Nicoy (Community Engagement & Office Manager) and Reeba (Community Services Officer)
Brian (Board Secretary), Ande (Board Treasurer), MP Oliphant, Lee (Operations Coordinator), Nicoy (Community Engagement & Office Manager) and Reeba (Community Services Officer)

CF Shops at Don Mills

Basil (Operations Assistant) with MP Ratansi and Nipuni
Basil (Operations Assistant) with MP Ratansi and Nipuni

Yonge and Montgomery

Brian with MPP Andrew
Brian with MPP Andrew

Ethennonnhawahstihen' Park

Nicoy waving Pride flags
Nicoy waving Pride flags

Riverdale Park East

Park goers with Pride bags
Park goers with Pride bags

Hanlan's Point

Madee Lovegood, Don, Tamar The Doll

Centre Island

Board Co-Chair Grant Gonzales (right), with friend and volunteer, JR
Board Co-Chair Grant Gonzales (right), with friend and volunteer, JR

Ward's Island

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

Anne Johnston Health Station

Ruth and Courtney from Anne Johnston with Reeba
Ruth and Courtney from Anne Johnston with Reeba

Humbertown Plaza

Sherwin, Reeba, Councillor Holyday, Grant, and Mario (Humbertown Plaza)
Sherwin, Reeba, Councillor Holyday, Grant, and Mario (Humbertown Plaza)

Yonge-Dundas Square

Sherwin, MP Ien, Samantha (Board Member), Ande (Board Treasurer), Bobby (Director of Operations), Councillor Wong-Tam, Jourdan (Yonge-Dundas)
Sherwin, MP Ien, Samantha (Board Member), Ande (Board Treasurer), Bobby (Director of Operations), Councillor Wong-Tam, Jourdan (Yonge-Dundas)

Weston Farmer's Market at Artscape Commons

Hon. MP Hussen, Sherwin, and MPP Hassan
Hon. MP Hussen, Sherwin, and MPP Hassan

Downsview Park

Back row: Basil and Lee
Front row: Sherwin, MP Saks, Grant

Sherwin, MPP Baber and Grant
Sherwin, MPP Baber and Grant

St Clements Parkette

Hon.MP Mendicino, MPP Martin and Sherwin
Hon.MP Mendicino, MPP Martin and Sherwin

Jane Finch Mall

Nader (Jane Finch mall), Ayesha, Councillor Perruzza, MPP Rakocevic, Grant and Sherwin
Nader (Jane Finch mall), Ayesha, Councillor Perruzza, MPP Rakocevic, Grant and Sherwin
Grant (co-chair), Ayesha (Councillor Perruzza's Staff), Nader (JF Property Manager), O'Neil Johnson (Marketing Manager), Hon. MP Sgro, JF Mall Staff, Sherwin
Grant (co-chair), Ayesha (Councillor Perruzza's Staff), Nader (JF Property Manager), O'Neil Johnson (Marketing Manager), Hon. MP Sgro, JF Mall Staff, Sherwin

Albion Arena

Grant, Tyler (Global News) and Sherwin
Grant, Tyler (Global News) and Sherwin

Birchcliff Bluffs United Church

MPP Begum and Sherwin with Greg, Ai, and Carmen (from Birchcliff Bluffs United Church)
MPP Begum and Sherwin with Greg, Ai, and Carmen (from Birchcliff Bluffs United Church)
Councillor Crawford, Greg, Ai, Hon. MP Blair, and Carmen
Councillor Crawford, Greg, Ai, Hon. MP Blair, and Carmen

Lisgar Park

Pride Toronto Board and Staff with MP Dzerowicz
Pride Toronto Board and Staff with MP Dzerowicz

Non-Partner Drop-off

Nicoy (Community Engagement & Office Manager) with boxes of donations
Nicoy (Community Engagement & Office Manager) with boxes of donations

Thomson Memorial Park

Councillor Thompson, Grant, Sherwin, Yuri (Board Co-Chair), Dave (Board Member) and MP Zahid
Councillor Thompson, Grant, Sherwin, Yuri (Board Co-Chair), Dave (Board Member) and MP Zahid

Bridletowne Mall

Board and staff with Councillor Mantas and MP Yip
Board and staff with Councillor Mantas and MP Yip

Pelham

Offloading bags to the community
Offloading bags to the community

Allan Gardens

Board and staff with Green Party leader Annamie Paul and staff
Board and staff with Green Party leader Annamie Paul and staff

Salvation Army

Pedestrians with pride bags
Pedestrians with pride bags

*Images Captured on the Google Pixel 5

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