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Proclamations – June 2024

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Pride Month

WHEREAS, the Town of Aylmer recognizes that diversity is a vital and integral part of our community that is celebrated and strengthens our town, and

WHEREAS, there is a necessity to actively support Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, two-spirited, Queer, and all other sexual orientation and gender identities (LGBTQ+) within our community; and to commemorate sexual and gender minorities’ liberation; and

WHEREAS, annual Pride celebrations are a positive statement against discrimination and violence towards LGBTQ people and promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increases their visibility as a minority, builds community acceptance and celebrates sexual diversity and gender variance; and

WHEREAS, we should take pride in our identities and never feel we must hide who we are at work, school or within our families and communities; and

WHEREAS, Pride Month in Aylmer is an opportunity to raise awareness and encourage acceptance of every human person. It will encourage the development of harmonious relationships amongst all members of the community as well as prevent potential discrimination towards its citizens; and

WHEREAS, the rainbow flag is the most-recognized LGBTQ symbol and will be raised on the courtesy flagpole located outside of Aylmer town hall and is intended to show support for the Rainbow Community as well as show the commitment of our community to provide a safe and welcoming place that improves the overall quality of life for all members; and

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Jack Couckuyt, do hereby declare June as PRIDE MONTH in the Town of Aylmer, and encourage all our citizens to support an inclusive and respectful community where all citizens can live, work and play in a safe and secure environment as we take pride in our diversity and celebrate our differences.

Seniors Month

WHEREAS, Seniors’ Month is an annual province-wide celebration;

WHEREAS, seniors have contributed and continue to contribute immensely to the life and vibrancy of this community;

WHEREAS, their contributions past and present warrant appreciation and recognition and their stories deserve to be told;

WHEREAS, the health and well-being of seniors is in the interest of all and further adds to the health and well-being of the community;

WHEREAS, the knowledge and experience seniors pass on to us continues to benefit all;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Jack Couckuyt, on behalf of the Town of Aylmer Council, do hereby proclaim June as Seniors’ Month in the Town of Aylmer and encourage all citizens to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors.

LemonAID Day, June 8th, 2024

WHEREAS the Elgin Children’s Foundation serves as a vital resource for children and youth in St. Thomas and Elgin who rely on the services of Family and Children’s Services; and,

WHEREAS the Elgin Children’s Foundation is committed to raising critical funds and fostering community awareness through a variety of campaigns including LemonAID Day; and,

WHEREAS LemonAID Day encourages residents of all ages across Elgin County to participate by hosting a lemonade stand where all funds raised go directly to sending deserving children to camp connected with Family and Children’s Services of St. Thomas and Elgin; and,

WHEREAS LemonAID Day empowers young people across Elgin County to develop entrepreneurial skills, teamwork, and social responsibility.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Jack Couckuyt, on behalf of the Town of Aylmer Council, do hereby proclaim Saturday June 8th, 2024, as “LemonAID Day” in the Town of Aylmer.

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