Pride Education Network’s Mentorship/Support Program
Student safety, education, and support have always been Pride Education Network’s highest priorities and we continue to be a major source of resources and/or support for our members and others who want to learn about or advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (glbt) issues in education. Pride Education Network has expanded the role to assist and support BC educators (new or experienced) who would like resources or just the chance to talk to a mentor about their personal and/or job situations (specifically around glbt issues). To this end, some Pride Education Network members have volunteered and are willing to talk or meet to discuss various issues important to you. Although we may not be experts in all areas, we will certainly do our best to make sure we connect you to the right people, if necessary.
The intent of this program is to provide support and advice to BC educators and student teachers on concerns relating to gender identity/expression, actual/perceived sexual orientation, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender issues in education. A mentoring relationship is a partnership, with both people showing respect for each other.
This program is not a counselling service, but mentors can refer people to other organizations or individuals, if needed. This volunteer service is not intended for minors. If you are a student looking for guidance, please contact Prideline BC at 1-800-566-1170, PFLAG at 1-888-530-6777 or Transgender Health Program at 1-866-999-1514 (also see other community organizations listed in our Resources section). Another option permissible would be that school counsellors and/or educators could consult with us on behalf of a student.
Other Organizations and contacts:
- PFLAG at 1-888-530-6777
- Transgender Health Program at 1-866-999-1514
(also see other community organizations listed in our Resource section). Another option permissible would be that school counselors and/or educators could consult with us on behalf of a student.
The following experienced educators are available in your area:
(If your area is not listed, please contact the closest member and we will try to find someone closer to you.)
- Noble Kelly (M)
- Faune Johnson (F)
In the valley (Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack):
- Michael Ross (M)
Kootenays, in the Cariboo and north Okanagan (Quesnel, Williams Lake south to Cache Creek/Ashcroft) and along Highway 1 to Golden (includes Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Sicamous, and Revelstoke):
- Earl Waugh (M)
Vancouver & Gulf Islands:
- Joan Merrifield (F)
Transgender Issues only, province wide:
- Gayle Roberts (F)