Sunday’s Pride Breakfast hosted by Chief Dale McFee brought together police and community in support of a worthy cause.
Organized by the Edmonton Police Service's (EPS) Community Relations Section with the help of the Edmonton Police Foundation (EPF) and numerous volunteers and sponsors, the event celebrated the 2SLGBTQ+ community. The breakfast also supported the CHEW Project in their continued work, offering frontline support to 2SLGBTQ+ youth and emerging adults.
"It started out as offering food, emergency supplies, referral to resources, and so forth, and then grew into the day shelter that we have today and the CHEW family that we have today," said Glynnis Lieb from the CHEW Project.
The "pay what you can" event, held at Paul Kane Park, raised over $1000 in donations, and offered breakfast, music by DJ Kena Leon, and performances from The RGG’s Drag Queens. Many police officers and civilian employees came together alongside volunteers and sponsors to celebrate Pride with the community.
"The thing about CHEW that's different is that we build family first. And the idea is that we build relationships, we build family, and that's what folks need. We all need family."
Michelle LaRue with the EPS Community Relations Section expressed how great it was for the EPS and 2SLGBTQ+ to celebrate the Edmonton Pride Festival with this fantastic event as a building block for moving forward.
"This is really just one day, but it’s one day in the continuation of wanting to work together, build relationships together, and that, we look forward to doing year-round. As for Chief’s Pride Breakfast, hopefully, next year, we will all reconvene again to celebrate Pride together."