TGSC gets ready for Toronto Avalanche to benefit SOY – Supporting Our Youth
Vancouver, BC – December 10, 2012 – The Toronto Gay Ski and Snowboarding Club (TGSC) is now celebrating its thirteenth year with a full schedule of local day trips, extended out of province trips, parties and get togethers.? An all-volunteer organization, it is open to all members of the queer community. A full calendar of events can be found at www.tgsc.ca
This is TGSC first scheduled trip to GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE (WinterPRIDE) from February 3 to 10, 2013. Partnering with GayWhistler, TGSC is presenting “Avalanche”, the official Toronto area kick-off party for WinterPRIDE with all profits going to support the TGSC SOY Ski trip on March 10, 2013.
Administered by the Sherbourne Health Center, Supporting Our Youth (SOY), is an exciting, dynamic community development program designed to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgendered youth in Toronto through the active involvement of youth and adult communities. Their “Get Out! Program” focuses on opening doors for marginalized LGBT youth.
Over the past few years, TGSC has made it possible for over 80 SOY youth to get out on to the ski slopes to try out skiing or snowboarding. Last March, 17 youth joined in the day event. Some of the youth, as newcomers, have never seen so much snow before; none of them would have the chance to pursue this kind of activity in the usual way. They can be their ‘full selves’ for a change “without having to worry about being guarded.”
SOY Coordinator, Adam, commented:? “[This activity] gives youth exposure to something completely new, and often that carries on into other parts of their lives. The knowledge that they can succeed at something so different can really open doors for them.”
DJ Sumation, DJ Quinces, and DJ Dwayne Minard were quick to volunteer their time and skills to provide the music for Avalanche. Club 120, a traditionally inclusive LGBTQ club, operated by Todd Klinck and Mandy Goodhandy, was excited about providing the space for the event.
OutVisions is running a sweepstakes contest to win a weekend at GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE. They offered up the trip as a promotional draw for the Avalanche event. By attending, people have a chance to win. Colin Sines, the magazine’s editor said “This is just the type of event we like to get involved with.”
GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE, celebrating it’s 21st year, is one of the world’s leading mountain festivals that celebrates diversity and has been named one of the top Gay Ski Weeks by editors, travel writers and guests from around the planet.
Visit the official website at www.gaywhistler.com
Avalanche is to be held January 11, 2013 at Club 120.? The first 50 Tickets cost $5, the next 50 cost $10. Price will be higher at the door. Tickets and details available at? www.tgsc.ca/avalanche
WinterPRIDE 2013 runs from February 3-10, 2013, and continues to revolutionize the traditional gay lesbian ski week format with its unique blend of four winter festival elements: Sports, Culinary, Health and Wellness, and Entertainment.
In addition to the world-class skiing and snowboarding?being offered in Whistler, many of WinterPRIDE’s regular highlights will return for 2013, such as an array of dance parties, culinary events, zip trekking and dog sledding. WinterPRIDE 2013 also offers an expanded program of on-and-off mountain events, including special?events for lesbians and bears as well as the annual Mr. Gay Canada competition.
About Alpenglow Productions/GayWhistler
GayWhistler (www.gaywhistler.com) is a year-round promoter of Whistler to the gay and lesbian community, and promotes and produces the annual Gay Ski Week. 5 Night Lodging and 4 Day Ski Packages start at just $114/person/night.? Available until January 30th, 2013 for stays from February 3-10, 2013.? For Reservations call 1.866.787.1966 or visit online at gayWhistler.com
About SOY: Supporting Our Youth ?
Supporting Our Youth (SOY) is an exciting, dynamic community development program designed to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgendered youth in Toronto through the active involvement of youth and adult communities. We work to create healthy arts, culture and recreational spaces for young people; to provide supportive housing and employment opportunities; and to increase youth access to adult mentoring and support.