The District of Mission has reached a four-year agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1267. / File Photo

Mission Pride Week request withdrawn

Sponsor of proclamation withdraws request after consulting with LGBT community

Plans to proclaim “Pride Week” in the District of Mission were pulled this week at the request of the sponsor of the motion.

The proclamation had been on the agenda for Monday’s council meeting, but never proceeded after the sponsor, Ken Herar, asked the request be withdrawn. Council did so, as requested.

Herar, who leads the Cycling4Diversity initiative, said he had originally put the initiative forward to try to spark awareness and inclusion.

But he said he withdrew the request after hearing input from the LGBT community.

“They thought maybe they weren’t quite ready to proceed at this time,” he said. Discussions have continued about developing some sort of public initiative, but Herar said LGBT community members will be in the lead.

“I think it has to come from them and they were happy with that.”

Herar, who is running for council, said the move had nothing to do with his political plans.

“My initial thing was to get people together and learn about the LGBT community.”

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