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Celebrating Diversity and Launch of World Pride 2014 Toronto

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Ottawa, ON June 20, 2014 – As the City of Toronto and Pride Toronto prepare to host the world and communities across Canada are preparing their own celebrations this summer, Colleges and Institutes Canada CEO, Denise Amyot, shared this message of support and solidarity.

“Each year millions of Canadians celebrate the richness and diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and two-spirited communities.

“This year, Toronto hosts the fourth World Pride a celebration of history and culture.  Held every five years, this important cultural event supports and helps foster partnerships that advance common values around inclusiveness, equality and education.

“Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics are committed to equality and access to education for employment, no matter who you are or who you love.

“Colleges and Institutes Canada and our member institutions share World Pride Values of ‘accepting and respecting differences and working to understand the diverse cultural complexities that influence identity, assumptions, behaviours, expectations and beliefs.’ In the case of education it is vital that obstacles to success, such as homophobic bullying and transphobia, are identified early and stopped quickly.

“On behalf of the entire Colleges and Institutes Canada team, our 13 offices around the world and our members, have a fabulous Pride season – no matter where you’re celebrating!”

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of 95% of Canada’s publicly supported colleges and institutes. We work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The Association operates in 29 countries and has13 offices around the world.

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For more information:
Shawn Dearn
Director of Communications, Colleges and Institutes Canada
613-746-2222 x. 3123
Twitter: @CollegeCan