New Brunswick’s Pride In Education, a teacher-led queer and trans support group, earns Human Rights Award – Saltwire

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 202358 Views

St. Thomas University alumnus Sydona Chandon presented the Youth Human Rights Award

At a moment when the debate surrounding gay and trans rights has reached the boiling point, especially involving New Brunswick schools, an educator-led group was recognized for its efforts to protect the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Pride In Education, the only provincial 2SLGBTQIA+ support group comprised solely of past and current educators, received the prestigious 2023 NB Human Rights Award during a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 20, at Government House.

Lt. Governor Brenda L. Murphy presented co-chairs Christina Barrington and Gail Costello with the award.

The ceremony also included the Youth Human Rights Award presentation to STU alumnus Sydona Chandon for her work in multiple areas of social justice, including with international and racialized students.

PIE’s interim communications director, Richard Blaquiere, a retired Woodstock High School teacher, explained Pride in Education (PIE) was founded by a small group of educators determined to address the issues facing queer and trans youth, their families and friends in the schools and communities of New Brunswick.

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