Gays and les­bians ben­e­fit from Chi­nook fund

Calgary Herald - - YOU - BILL BROOKS

It’s un­fath­omable that women didn’t ‘earn’ the right to vote in Al­berta un­til 1916. What is even more shock­ing is that un­til 1969, ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity was con­sid­ered a crim­i­nal of­fence un­der the Cana­dian Crim­i­nal Code.

We’ve come a long way, to be sure, yet dis­crim­i­na­tion still ex­ists. Thank­fully, there are or­ga­ni­za­tions the likes of the Cal­gary Chi­nook Les­bian and Gay Fund — an en­dow­ment es­tab­lished to pro­vide on­go­ing long-term fund­ing of Cal­gary or­ga­ni­za­tions de­serv­ing of — and in need of sup­port. The fund sup­ports char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions pro­vid­ing ser­vices, pro­gram­ming, ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port for and about the LGBT com­mu­nity.

Grants have been awarded to myr­iad or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing Out­link’s LGBT pro­gram — which as­sists re­cent im­mi­grants and refugees ar­riv­ing in Cal­gary as well as the fund­ing of Gay Straight Al­liances in lo­cal schools. Its sig­na­ture fundraiser, The Chi­nook Din­ner, was held this year Oct 19 at the Nash Restau­rant. The sixth an­nual din­ner was the most suc­cess­ful to date and was at­tended by more than 100 guests and raised an es­ti­mated $50,000. That the cost of the din­ner was cov­ered by main spon­sors TD Bank Group and the East Vil­lage’s Cal­gary Mu­nic­i­pal Land Cor­po­ra­tion (CMLC) en­sured 100 per cent of guests’ do­na­tions were di­rected to the fund. Great ca­ma­raderie as well as the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Chi­nook Hero Award to Nancy Miller and Richard Gre­gory were the evening’s high­lights.

Among the guests in at­ten­dance this night were: TD’s Kari Scar­lett; ReMax’s Brian Ma­honey; Michael Wright; Werk­lund School of Ed­u­ca­tion pro­fes­sor and dean Den­nis Su­mara with Tim Friesen; John Bon­ny­cas­tle; and Chi­nook Fund board mem­bers Christo­pher Post, Amy Skin­ner, Ja­son Hamil­ton, Gor­don Som­browski, Gary Court­ney and Kelly Ernst.

PHO­TOS: BILL BROOKS

Nancy Miller and Richard Gre­gory were re­cip­i­ents of the Chi­nook Hero Award for their tire­less ef­forts in sup­port of Gay Pride ac­tiv­i­ties in Cal­gary. The awards were pre­sented at the sixth an­nual Chi­nook Les­bian and Gay Fund Din­ner held Oct 19 at the...

Pic­tured with rea­son to smile at the sixth an­nual Chi­nook Les­bian and Gay Fund Din­ner held Oct. 19 at the Nash Restau­rant are, from left, fund board mem­bers Christo­pher Post, Amy Skin­ner and Ja­son Hamil­ton. The din­ner was the most suc­cess­ful to date...

John Bon­ny­cas­tle, left, and Gor­don Som­browski were among those in at­ten­dance. The din­ner was the most suc­cess­ful to date and was at­tended by more than 100 guests.

TD’s Kari Scar­lett and ReMax’s Brian Ma­honey were in at­ten­dance.

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