2019 Community Feature – Bell Media Group

Bell Media Winnipeg, including CTV, 103.1 Virgin Radio, 99.9 BOB FM and TSN 1290, are proud to be part of the Pride Winnipeg Festival. At Bell, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it. And we all have a role to play in building an inclusive, equitable and accessible community where everybody feels valued, respected and supported. Valuing our differences begins with understanding.

2019 Community Feature: Samantha James Hair

Samantha James Hair Design is a boutique hair salon in the heart of Saint Boniface.

Owners, Samantha and James, opened their salon with the goal to have fun doing what they love and create the best experience for each individual that steps through their door.

James, has been a proud member of the LGBTTQA+ community for over 15 years and thankful for everything it has given him.  “I was the only ‘out’ kid in high school so going to the Pride Parade gave me the opportunity to meet others like me in a safe space. It was such an amazing, positive experience and now it’s my turn to give back so that it can continue to grow.”

There has been so much support and love over the years which has allowed for people to feel safe and open about who they are as a person. Being one of the few salons in Winnipeg that supports a gender neutral service menu, we hope to see continuing support and growth from the hair and beauty industry over years to come.

Although we have made great strides as a society, there is still a long way to go and we need to continue pushing for the equality everyone deserves. The smallest action can have the greatest impact, so never give up fighting for what is right.

Happy Pride Week from the Samantha James Hair Design team!!!

Nous vous souhaitons une bonne semaine de Fierté !!!

Stay Fabulous!

2019 Community Feature: PepsiCo

PepsiCo has been a proud sponsor of the Pride Winnipeg Festival for the fourth year. It’s been a pleasure. Pride Winnipeg Festival inspires inclusion, self-love, and pride in our community. Thanks for allowing PepsiCo to be part of something so wonderful!

2019 Community Feature: Alt Hotel Winnipeg

Alt Hotel Winnipeg is proud to once again be an official sponsor of the Winnipeg Pride Festival.

Alt Hotel Winnipeg is our city’s unmissable new destination for business and leisure travelers. Located at the corner of Portage Avenue and Donald Street, Alt Hotel Winnipeg is right across the street from BELL MTS Place, within walking distance of the Winnipeg RBC Convention Centre and the city’s best attractions, including the Esplanade Riel Bridge, the Forks, the Exchange District and the magnificent Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Alt Hotel Winnipeg is quickly becoming recognized by Winnipeggers and visitors for our ultra-chic, no frills concept, beautiful design and friendly staff, committed to providing each of our guests with a great stay.

We have a diverse team working at the Alt Hotel, some of whom are proud members of the LGBTTQ*community. The team at Alt Hotel Winnipeg places a high priority on the values of respect, inclusiveness and giving back to community and we look forward to our ongoing partnership with Pride Winnipeg.

Laurie Barkman, General Manager on behalf of the entire team at Alt Hotel Winnipeg

2019 Community Feature: PRISM

PRISM is an innovative mentoring program through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg, designed specifically for the LGBTTQ2IA* community.

The first of its kind in Manitoba, the PRISM program matches children and youth who identify as LGBTTQ2IA* with an adult mentor who also identifies as LGBTTQ2IA* for a one on one mentoring relationship. Through regular outings, the match will foster a friendship that is supportive, empowering and fun!

The PRISM program requires volunteers to commit to one outing per week, for a couple of hours. Mentors and mentees are asked to commit for a minimum of one year.

The purpose of a PRISM match is to:

• Provide role models for LGBTTQ2IA* children and youth
• Foster pride and self-confidence
• Create inter-generational connections within Winnipeg’s LGBTTQ2IA* community
• Offer LGBTTQ2IA* children and youth a safe adult mentor to  discuss identity with
• and above all, have fun!

Children and youth interested in being matched with a mentor must:

• Self identify as LGBTTQ2IA*
Be between 9 and 17 years old
• Want a mentor who identifies as LGBTTQ2IA*

The LGBTTQ2IA* community has a rich legacy of forging informal mentoring networks as a mode of survival. Today, the community has made great strides, yet LGBTTQ2IA* youth continue to face barriers. Research shows that formal mentoring programs are a powerful, protective factor for this demographic as they develop their own unique sense of self.

Volunteer mentors are extensively screened and properly trained before they are matched. Each match receives the ongoing support of a professional caseworker through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg.

For more information contact 204-988-9200 or see our website for details:


2019 Community Feature: Air Canada

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As a leading airline, Air Canada values all their employees equally and recognizes the importance of diversity as a valued contributor to our success. Air Canada believes in mirroring Canada’s diverse landscape within society and tries to reflect this within their employee demographics to meet the needs of our customers.  This includes hiring and supporting people within minority groups such as the LGBTQ2+, indigenous, women, people with disabilities and other visible minorities. We are proud to sponsor and/or support and take a part of events that not only help these communities, but reaches out to further educate community members.

2019 Community Feature: Birchwood BMW

At Birchwood BMW, we believe in living your ultimate life – the life you choose to live. We embrace and celebrate diverse communities, which is why we are proud sponsors of The 2019 Pride Winnipeg Festival.

Birchwood BMW stands by what makes each and every individual authentic, as all individuals create and contribute to our society. In order to make the most of our community and our lives, we must unite and support one another.

Standing together creates a strong community and Birchwood BMW is proud to stand with Pride Winnipeg and all others in celebrating the LGBTTQ community.

2019 Community Feature: ENERGY 106 & HOT 100.5


It’s time to dance like no one’s watching with friends, family, co-workers and other like-minded souls as we embrace the unity of the strong, diverse community we live in!

ENERGY 106 & HOT 100.5 are proud to support the Pride Winnipeg Festival in hopes to see a city free from discrimination against sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

Acceptance, Equality and Love. It is what our stations stand for and nothing makes us more proud than standing beside the LGBT2SQ+ community as they make giant leaps in changing the world.

It’s not about who you love but about the amount of love you give.

Happy Pride, Winnipeg!!!

2019 Community Feature: Old Dutch

Old Dutch first started in Winnipeg, Manitoba as a little chip company with a lot of heart. Soon, our tradition of making and delivering great-tasting snacks spread throughout all of Canada. Since 1954, our windmill has stood for quality and trust, old world charm, and a desire to create a long-lasting chip and snack tradition.

Old Dutch makes great snacks. With this comes a social responsibility, which we take very seriously. We provide snacks with quality ingredients, and we encourage physical health through sports, active lifestyles and community events.

For over 60 years, we at Old Dutch, have been a consistent leader in community support. So, whether it’s encouraging team sports, or individual activity, our message is simple. Old Dutch believes in tradition, innovation, and great-tasting snacks—and an active, balanced lifestyle to go with them.

Ask anyone in Western Canada if they remember eating Old Dutch chips when they were little. They all remember—the Old Dutch windmill, the great-tasting chips and dips, the colourful characters on the bags, the Old Dutch taste they enjoyed growing up.