What is Barrie Pride? Barrie Pride is accepting who you are and empowering others to be themselves. It’s about being proud of who we are and advocating for those who are oppressed and victimized for being LGBTQ2+ or being themselves. We are about inspiring everyone in our community to recognize how unique and amazing we all are.

Our sixth year as Barrie Pride has been an exceptional time of change within our community and the world. Never before has the need for this organization to exist been more apparent. Never before have the many faces of the Barrie Pride community been more important.

We want to thank our entire community for the support and positive changes for education inclusion and equality that are made everyday in this world for Pride; Because it Matters.

The 2019 Barrie Pride Volunteer Council Team


The Barrie Pride Team

All of Barrie Pride's board of directors and team members are volunteers.


David Bradbury

Operations Director


Jessie Lawson

Development Director


Melissa ferguson

Marketing Director


LucAs Woodcock

Talent & Volunteer Coordinator


Shay sacks




Borden Pride Network Partner in Pride



Visual Image Developer



Digital Content Associate



Assistant Talent Coordinator






Administrative Consultant


Barrie Pride Timeline


  • September: Barrie Pride forms and officially launches September 1, 2013

  • November: Transgender Day of Remembrance flag raising at City Hall. Barrie becomes the first City Hall in the province to raise the Transgender flag on TDoR.


  • February: Raise the Rainbow Flag at City Hall in support of LGBT athletes at the Sochi Olympic Games

  • April: First anti-bullying Day of Pink in Barrie

    • First Pride Prom in Barrie

  • June: Pride Week in Barrie

    • “Warm up to World Pride”

    • Seven brand new LGBT events

    • First Pride Parade in Barrie’s history

    • 500+ marchers

  • October: First open LGBT themed Halloween club night in Barrie


  • May: Barrie Pride gives back at the “Hike for Hospice” with a team of LGBTs and Allies, raising money for Hospice Simcoe

  • June: Second annual Pride Week

    • First LGBT festival in Barrie

    • 1,000+ marchers

  • August: First time an LGBT organization enters a booth at Kempenfest

  • November: First time an LGBT organization enters a float in Barrie’s Santa Claus Parade


  • June: Third annual Barrie Pride Week

    • 1,500+ marchers

    • 4,000+ festival guests

  • July: Barrie Pride visits Orlando, FL with banner of support for The Pulse

  • December: First all-LGBT headliner comedy night in Barrie


  • June: Fourth annual Barrie Pride Week

    • 2,000+ marchers and 6,000+ festival guests

    • First Drag Queen Storybook reading in Canada

  • August: First series of LGBT themed pop-up events in Barrie

  • September: First weekly LGBT social night in Barrie begins

    • First Pride themed Delta Bingo event

  • November: First LGBT themed green social in Barrie

    • Barrie Pride board members host the Barrie Arts Awards

    • Barrie Pride witnesses the Government of Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Apology in person


  • January: Barrie Pride launches the “Because It Matters” campaign.

  • April: Barrie Pride becomes the first pride in North America to adopt and endorse U=U

    • Barrie Pride becomes first Pride to name U=U as Parade Grand Marshal

  • June: First 3-day LGBT Festival in Barrie and Simcoe County

    • First Transgender Pride March in Barrie

    • 10,000 attendance


  • January-June: 2019 Reconstruction to serve you better

  • May: Barrie Pride assists Dawna Brown, a transgender woman, in being moved from a male prison to a female facility

    • Barrie Pride attends International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia march

    First Ontario Partners In PRIDE (PiP) meeting at The Ridge Resort and Campground

    • “Drag Me To Dinner” Drag Show Event with PiP member, Borden Pride Network

Social Media Anti-Bullying Policy

Barrie PRIDE is here as an advocacy and celebration organization of LGBTQ2+ community concerns and events. We welcome and encourage positive posts, support, event and info sharing on our page. We advocate equality diversity and inclusivity.

We do not allow bullying or harassment on Barrie PRIDE’s social media. Administration will investigate, then remove and block bullying, non-constructive and abusive comments immediately.

We thank you for respecting our social media anti-bullying policy.