Saturday, July 22, 2017

Nuns on the Run

(L-R) Friends of the Sisters Glenn, Christopher, Zain, Rachel and Rebecca with 
Sister Fancy Pants and Reverend Mother Diversity Rains


On an overcast day, the Vancouver Sisters and Friends of the Sisters gathered as Team Nuns on the Run and participated to spread JOY in the annual Pride Run and Walk that kicks off Pride celebrations in Vancouver!  We had a 5K walk team and a 10k run team that started together and finished together.  No Sister was left behind!  This amazing team even won the prize for Best Team Costume!

The Vancouver Pride Run and Walk raised, so far, over $7500 will all proceeds going to Out in School and The LOUD Foundation.  Today's run/walk is organized by the Vancouver Frontrunners.  They are a social and athletics group that offer run/walk training for all levels of run.  Consider joining them on either their Wednesday evening or Saturday morning run.  Over the years of organizing the Pride Run and Walk, they've raised over $90,000 for local non-profits. http://www.vancouverfrontrunners.org/

Out in Schools "is a program that recognizes that media is a powerful tool for social change, as well as a marvelous teaching aid. We use film and video with facilitated group discussion to engage students across BC on issues of homophobia, transphobia and bullying. As an educational outreach initiative, we seek to raise awareness and advance the safety of learning environments for all youth."  http://outinschools.com/

The LOUD Foundation "invests in future leaders of the Canadian LGBTQ community.  We believe that by supporting the development of students who possess drive, vision, compassion and knowledge, we can improve society and increase awareness of our diverse community."  https://loudbusiness.wildapricot.org/

Team Nuns on the Run strive to promote JOY, positivity and freedom of expression in athletics and health.  If you're interested in joining our Team for our next athletic adventure, please email us at info@yvrsisters.ca. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Victoria Pride 2017


Top Row (L-R) Sisters Fancy Pants, Vera Tooche, Coeur Flambé, Teen LaQueefa, Diversity Rains and Lucy Caboose
Bottom Row (L-R) Guard Father May I and Sister Sin Sanity
Photo Credit: Phoenixcinder

It is a double JOYOUS occasion when two Houses come together to celebrate Pride.  The Vancouver Sisters traversed the Haro Straight to celebrate the Victoria Sisters' 1st year as an aspiring Abbey and also their 1st Pride parade.

In 1 short year, the Victoria Sisters grew from a ragtag group of 3 to a bountiful flock of 6.  They are Reverend Mother Vera Tooche, Sisters Teen LaQueefa, Sin Sanity, Coeur FlambĂ©, Lucy Caboose and Guard Father May I.  They are doing wonderful work within their community and are a few steps away from becoming a Fully Professed Abbey.

Vancouver Reverend Mother Diversity and Sister Fancy were honoured to be apart of Victoria's many 1st's and look joyously forward to continuing and building the connections between our 2 Houses.

Victoria Pride was beautifully intimate with so many celebrants lining the streets with every colour of the rainbow and wearing any and all flags that speak to them.  The energy was vibrant and eventually chased the clouds away to let the sun shine in on a wonderful day.

Congratulations Victoria Sisters, well done Victoria Pride and keep on embracing JOY Victoria!

Photo Credit: Phoenixcinder

Honouring Our Elders Tea

(L-R) Reverend Mother Diversity Rains, Indigenous Two-Spirit Performer Tyler Jacobs and Paladin 'lil Randy

On Friday, July 7, 2017, the Vancouver Sisters were invited as Keynote presenters at Qmunity's Annual Honouring Our Elders Tea.  In the spirit of highlighting the well-worn path that was paved by our community's predecessors, lives and achievements were celebrated and community members were acknowledged.

Indignous Two-Spirit Performer Tyler Jacobs opened the ceremony with a blessing and spoke of the joy and acceptance of being Two-Spirit in his community.  It resonated with the Elder's as the common narrative in their lives of being LGBT was not accepted.  Tyler presented hope what is still possible for the next generations to follow.

After some delicious high-tea noshes, both 'lil Randy and Diversity took the podium to speak on their geniune desire to become a Sister.  Diversity continued to take questions from the Elders about who and what the Sisters are.  She recited a wonderful Sistory and then proceeded to tie in current events.  The Elders have paved the way for the bright present we have, but the work is not complete.  The future is still to come and work must be done.

http://qmunity.ca/


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Canada Day 150 BBQ Fundraiser

(L-R Standing) Reverend Mother Diversity, Sisters Koo-Koo, Fancy, Bodice and Festivus
(L-R Kneeling) Postulants Allan and Ian, Paladin Pebbles
(Not pictured) Sisters Petunia and Tora

No better way to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday then by hosting a BBQ fundraiser!

The Sisters have been a part of Vancouver's community for the past 7 years, promulgating JOY and expiating stigmatic guilt by helping out any and every organization and cause that needed support.  On this day, the community showed up and supported the Sisters!

So fitting that on this day, 150 community members came to the Junction and bought a $10 burger/bevy combo helping the Sisters raise over $1500 for their Grant Fund.  Every single penny of this money will be given back to the community to organizations in need.  Love was in the air and it was perfectly grilled and placed in between two toasty buns!  Yummy!

Such amazing thanks to Byron and Clement and the entire Junction team for doing the "heavy lifting" by cooking, barring, serving and bussing.  Your commitment to the community is very inspiring!  THANK YOU!

And many thanks to OUTlook TV for coming by and documenting our burger/bevy JOY fest!

One JOY!  More JOY!  Always JOY!

 

Sisters at the STANDOut Awards!

The ever effervescent Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence joined us this evening at the STANDOut! Awards. Sister Festivus Illuminata had the prestigious opportunity to act as presenter once again. This year Festivus presented the "Educator" Award to the winner, Idris Hudson.

The StandOUT awards (formerly Legacy Awards) is an awards night to acknowledge individuals who have contributed to the LGBTQ2+ community in Vancouver over the years. There are six broad award categories this year which recognize the individuals who are making changes within the community. 

The Sisters will be selling tickets to the Big Pride 50/50 raffle. Tickets will be sold at every event this season and be drawn on August 15th for a chance to win up to $9,999!