We are thrilled to announce our 30th event, the Friends & Company May Luncheon. Please join us on Friday, May 1, for a gourmet 3-course lunch at what is arguably Vancouver's number one culinary destination, the award-winning Hawksworth Restaurant at the beautiful and historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia. As always, this event will benefit the anti-bullying and gay-straight alliance work of Out in Schools.
Our special guest speaker for this luncheon will be Dr. Kristopher Wells. Kris is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Programs & Services at the University of Alberta's Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS). He is a Co-Founder of Camp fYrefly, Canada's only national leadership retreat for sexual and gender minority youth and he is the author of the Alberta Government's new homophobic and transphobic bullying and gay-straight alliance resources.
Kris will share insights about the lead up to the recent historic passing of Alberta's much applauded Bill 10, which is slated to come into effect June 1. The new policy will give all Alberta students the right to meet on school property and to name their group whatever they wish (gay-straight alliance (GSA), queer-straight alliance (QSA), etc.) It will also add sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and gender expression to the Alberta Bill of Rights. Kris jokingly refers to the great step forward as "Alberta has gone from red neck to pink neck."
This event is generously presented by:
This event will once again be hosted by none other than our very own resident Friends & Company emcee, the ever-charming and always entertaining Robert Kaiser. Robert is perhaps best known as the talent behind Vancouver's most recognizable drag queen, the world class, Joan-E. Robert is also a long time and highly respected fixture in Vancouver's LGBTQ philanthropy and entertainment communities. He served as Director of LGBTQA Special Projects at TELUS, a role he carries out both as Robert and Joan-E. He is a two-time recipient of medals from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, having been awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his work in community service and again in 2012 when he received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal.
Your ticket includes a 3-course gourmet lunch, prepared by David Hawksworth's award-winning culinary team (vegan and gluten-free options will be available),complimentary award-winning wine from Le Vieux Pin, BC's leading boutique winery, a chance at winning lots of fabulous door prizes (including the latest smartphone from our friends at TELUS), a chance to participate in a 50/50 draw benefiting Out in Schools, and of course, lots of opportunities to connect with old friends and meet new ones!
Tickets are an incredible value at $40 each (plus tax and a small ticket processing fee that is charged by our ticket service provider). The luncheon will take place in Hawksworth's famous York Room private dining room, which overlooks the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and wine from our generous friends at Le Vieux Pin Winery, will be complimentary. Other drinks will be available on a cash basis. Registration starts at 12:00 and lunch starts at 12:30 sharp. The event wraps up around 2:30. Due to physical space limitations, there will only be 63 spaces available, so please don't delay getting your ticket if you wish to attend!
We would like to thank our generous sponsors, without whom our events would not be possible. Please take a moment to check them out! And please be sure to stay tuned for more upcoming events!
On behalf of Out in Schools, we would like to thank you for your support. Thank you to everyone who attended any of our sold out events to date! Together, we raised tens of thousands of dollars for Out in Schools, money that directly enables Out in Schools facilitators to reach students all over BC. On top of this, our corporate sponsors and community partners have given many tens of thousands more to Out in Schools at Friends & Company events throughout the year. All of this is undeniable proof that together, we can make a difference for young LGBTQ people in our communities. Thank you.
On a serious note: Friends & Company, Out in Schools and our sponsors remind you to please drink responsibly and plan a safe ride home. Please don't drink and drive. Thank you.