Pride 2021

All events to be streamed on our website and linked to our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter pages

Family Day June 19th, 11am until 4pm

Opening ceremony 11:00 am

Land recognition- Stephanie Johnstone, Opening remarks from President, Tami Murray and Sabrina Storm.

Sabrina is a native of London Ontario, Sabrina began her career working in London in a radio promotions department at the early age of 16. She quickly found a love of being in front of a camera or behind a studio mic, obtaining a three year Radio and Television Broadcast Journalism diploma from Conestoga College.

She has held various positions in front of the camera, including co-host of Rogers Televisions “Daytime”, Junior Reporter for CBC Television in Winnipeg and Special Events Reporter for A-Channel. Sabrina has appeared in several short films, music videos and performed at The Grand Theatre in London. 

Behind the microphone her voice has been heard across the province as an announcer, news anchor and reporter. Additionally, she has been a Court Side Host for the London Lightning and Promotions Announcer for the London Knights in the OHL. Most local residents of Oxford may know Sabrina from her days behind the microphone hosting the morning show on 104.7 Heart FM. Sabrina is a keynote speaker on Violence Against Women, and Equality in the Workplace.

In 2016, Sabrina hit national television as the first female to commentate and host The Stihl Timbersports Canadian Series airing on TSN each fall. She is now a freelance broadcaster, writer, host as well as a Carpentry Apprentice with hopes to take her passion for home renovations to HGTV or Netflix.  She is a proud mom to her 13 year old Addison and her fur babies Haven, Halo, & Harley.

Drumming 11:15 am

The WingNuts are a group of women who have performed together for several decades in a variety of configurations. Candice Lawrence and Karen Kadding write the majority of original songs for the group and Jayne Hysen does all the arrangements. Sheila Harrell has run many drumming circles in London over the years. Tghe group performs a range of musical genres from Percussion to Capella vocal arrangements to cover songs and original songs. They are thrilled to offer eclectic drum and Percussion circle for Oxford Pride.

Drag Storytime 11:50 am

In honour of Oxford County Pride Family Day, Mz Affra Tighty reads This Day in June written by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten, published by American Psychological Association.
Tobias reads My Rainbow, written by Trinity and Deshanna Neal, illustrated by Art Twink, published by Kokila.

The Oxford County Pride Drag Storytime is presented by the Rainbow Optimist Club in partnership with Elgin County Library, Middlesex County Library, Oxford County Library, St. Thomas Public Library, Woodstock Public Library, Pride understanding and is funded by TD Bank.

Yoga with Radiant You 12:05 pm

Join us as Shauna Balger of “Radiant You” brings us on a journey of inner peace, joy and contentment, through breathing techniques, meditation and exercise.
The word “Yoga”, translated from Sanskrit, means “union” or “connection”.
Let’s create union and connection together.
Don’t forget to following Shauna On her Facebook page @ShaunaBalgerOfRadiantYou

Storytelling – Finn Osinchuk 12:55 pm

Hi, we’re Finn and Sarah. We’ve been married for 10 years. Finn identifies as a straight transgender man and Sarah identifies as a queer cis woman. Finn grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. He came as a lesbian when he was 15, to an unsupportive family.  At 18 he came out as trans and began medically transitioning at 21.  Sarah grew up in Muncie, IN. She came out to her family as bisexual at 18 to a mostly supportive family. We met online in 2010. After many emails and phone calls, we met in person in April of 2011 and we married a month later. We lived in the United States for two years, after that we decided to move to London and Sarah became a permanent resident of Canada. After working various manual labour jobs, Finn decided to follow his heart and went to college. In 2020 he received his diploma in Child and Youth Care from Fanshawe and is now working as an Education Assistant for Thames Valley District School Board. Sarah has been working as a line cook since moving to Canada but recently received a certificate in End-of-Life care and is three months away from receiving a certificate to become a Personal Support Worker from Fanshawe. We live in Old South with our three fur babies; Lenny, Stella, and Sandy.

Celina “Spooky Boo” 1:30 pm

Celina “Spooky Boo” has created a video for Oxford County Pride.

Kick Boxing with Pauline 2:05 pm

Join Pauline, a group fitness personal trainer, who will have you moving! Pauline is an incredible motivator who will get you moving and feeling good. Let’s get our hearts racing and bodies moving!

Musical Guest “Darcy Feaver” 2:40 pm

Darcy Feaver

I’m a local singer/songwriter from Hamilton
Music has always been my passion.
I’ve been blessed to put my first CD out and I’m working on getting a second one on the go.
I love performing but I think I love meeting and chatting with people after even more.
Music soothes the soul.
You can catch me on Fb every Friday night at 7pm right now as I have done for the past year through covid to pick up peoples spirits through these crazy times with covid.
I look forward to see you all soon.

Closing Remarks and Tyrell Maas Pride Leadership Bursary winner announced 3:40 pm

We will announce the winner of the 2021 Tyrell Maas Pride leadership award. A $500 bursary towards furthering the education of an LGBTQ2S+ leader in Oxford County. Promotion of up and coming events and closing with sponsor recognition and community appreciation.

Other Events happening throughout the month

Here are some events we are working on for the month of June as well as fundraisers being offered. We will update this page as we confirm these virtual and interactive events for the month of June.

Flag Raising June 1st

Flags will be raised on June 1st in Tillsonburg, Woodstock and Ingersoll in recognition of Pride month. This year we have adopted the progress flag and encourage others to do the same. The Progress flag is more inclusive of our very diverse 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Earlybird Coffee fundraiser June 5th

Buy a coffee and a portion is donated to Oxford county Pride committee. We are proud to be this years recipient of this fundraiser! Thank you Earlybird Coffee

PRIDE Auction June 1 – June 30

We will once again run our online silent auction on our website. First auctions will start on June first and others will be added throughout the month of June.

Youth Games Night

Join Jae and Arrow for online games using Jackbox, you will need a cell phone and a computer or tablet, you play the game on your phone and the Host shares their screen on your computer or tablet. Ages 12 to 25. For more information follow this link Youth Games Night

Scavenger hunt June 1 – June 30

Running the entire month of June.

Winners will be drawn each Monday at 7 pm with a grand prize for the person who finds the most rocks.

Please follow Physical distancing rules.
– Stay home if you are sick or think you may be sick.
– Stay six feet away from people you do not live with
– wash/sanitize your hand frequently
– wear a non-surgical mask where physical distancing is not possible or may be difficult.
– If you arrive at a destination and other people are present, wait a minimum distance of six feet away until they finish.
– avoid touching the rocks when taking a selfie

Pride Pet Photo contest June 1 – 30

Submit a picture of your pet showing off their Pride colours and be entered into a draw . Only one submission per person.