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.

2019 Community Feature: Manitoba Hydro

We’ve been a proud sponsor of the Pride Winnipeg Festival for the past six years and we’re back in 2019.

Our support of the festival and participation of our employees fits in with one of our foundation principles—respect for each other — and our commitment to equality and inclusion.

Our involvement also reflects the growing popularity of the festival and the increased participation of Manitobans.

We’ve consistently been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers—recognition that we’ve created inclusive workplaces for employees from five diverse groups: Women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Indigenous peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and two-spirit (LGBT2S) peoples.

We also strive to develop and retain a highly skilled and motivated workforce that reflects the demographics of Manitoba. From Indigenous pre-placement training programs to the Project Search Program that helps high school students with intellectual disabilities find meaningful employment, Manitoba Hydro is a leader in developing diversity programming.

We look forward to the 32nd Annual Pride Parade festival!

2019 Community Feature: PAX e-Graphics

Not all designers are created equal. Your website shouldn’t be either.

PAX e-Graphics is honored to be a first-time sponsor for the 2019 Pride Winnipeg Festival!

You put your heart and soul into your business and deserve more than a template to make it stand out in a crowd. Specializing in Squarespace web design, I infuse style, personality, and function into every website I create. Because your hard work should shine online!

I am beyond grateful to stand with the GSRD Community in celebrating diversity and inclusion for all and to join in creating a future where everyone is free to be themselves.

Happy Pride from PAX e-Graphics!

2019 Community Feature: Pitblado Law

Pitblado Law is proud to once again be a sponsor of Pride Winnipeg.

We are a full-service law firm that cares about people, is passionate about our community, and is driven by working together to enrich the lives and businesses we touch. We have a bold vision, and the only way to achieve it is by earning the trust of every client, every day.

At Pitblado, we conduct ourselves under our six core values: authentic, collaborative, engaged, innovative, respectful and strategic. We understand that our values drive our thoughts, our relationships guide our actions, and our people demonstrate our ability.

For over 130 years, Pitblado Law has proudly served our clients through leadership in law and unparalleled trust in the most complex transactions. We blend traditions of success with current market knowledge to provide exceptional counsel and practical solutions all resulting in peace of mind for our clients.

With over 60 lawyers and a total team size of 150, Pitblado Law is well positioned to fulfill multifaceted and demanding client needs in Manitoba and throughout Canada.  Our team includes members of the LGBTQ* community and volunteers at Pride Winnipeg.  We are proud to be a partner of Pride Winnipeg.