PRIDEFEST 2021 ANNOUNCEMENT

As the fun and celebration of international pride month come to an end we turn now, with eager anticipation, to our local celebration of Pride here in Perth in November.

PrideFEST 2020 was massive. It was the biggest festival we have ever held. We were excited to unveil many new events, such as Rainbow Talks and the Great Pride Bake Off. And each of these events was met with great excitement and acceptance by the community, with so many coming out to support them. But notwithstanding the enormity of last year’s festival, there was something missing.

But not this year!

In 2021, we are ecstatic to be bringing back Fairday and the Pride Parade. Oh, and don’t worry, even with these juggernauts moving back into the PrideFEST calendar, the festival will still be as big as last year if not bigger!

In particular, we are extremely excited to be staging the 30th Pride Parade to be held here in Perth. And we are not letting that achievement pass by without a big party.

As the Parade re-emerges and we mark this incredible anniversary, things will be slightly different. But we know you won’t be disappointed with this year’s celebration of Pride in Perth.

So save the date:

PrideFEST – 6 November to 27 November 2021

Fairday – Sunday 14 November 2021

Pride Parade – Saturday 27 November 2021

Registrations for participating in the Pride Parade and having a stall at Fairday will open in or around August, exact dates will be released in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned for more details.

FESTIVAL THEME

R.E.S.P.E.C.T

Find out what it means to me!

But more importantly, find out what it means to the LGBTIQ+ community as a whole and as individuals travelling together with others on this journey we call LIFE. But more importantly, find out what it means to the LGBTIQ+ community as a whole and as individuals travelling together with others on this journey we call LIFE.

Whilst all people who identify as being different to the heteronormative are always put into the same box, we are each individual and different. And, the experiences and ambitions of one is never the same as the other. This year we look to acknowledge and celebrate our individuality and to pay respect to ourselves, to each other and to our respective journeys as we celebrate R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

PRIDE WA IS GROWING UP

For some time now, Pride WA has been bursting at the seams and desperately in need of a growth spurt. The time for that ascension is now.

Presently, Pride WA’s Rules of Association restricts the role of Pride WA to celebrating the community, culture and performing talents of the LGBTIQ+ community. But notwithstanding this, for many years now, Pride WA has been asked to take on numerous other roles outside of this scope. Roles which the community clearly expects Pride WA to perform, and rightfully so.

These calls for assistance include requests for Pride WA to take on the roles of educator, support network, as a source for referrals, as a commentator and as an advocate. All of which are roles that Pride WA cannot appropriately fulfil under its current mission and objectives as set out in the current Rules of Association.

There are many reasons why the scope of work performed by Pride WA has been limited. These include funding and capacity issues. However, if we do not try to push through these issues, we will not be able to excel in the areas in which we want and are expected to.

For this reason, the Management Committee seeks the consent of the Pride WA membership base to grow its scope of work to meet community expectations by amending the mission and objectives of the association.

Accordingly, a special resolution is being moved to amend Pride WA’s Rules of Association. A notice of that resolution has been emailed to members with details of the proposed change.

Please review the notice and we look forward to discussing the plans with you further at the special general meeting.

NOTICE OF SPECIAL RESOLUTION

Equipping ourselves to serve you better

For years, the Association has been run on the generosity and kindness of volunteers and their free time. Pride WA would not be what it is today without each and every one of those amazing people!

However, the lack of stability that arises from relying solely on volunteers and the restrictions arising from the Association being run in people’s “spare time” has made it difficult for Pride WA to evolve and improve on the delivery of its services. In 2020, it is estimated that over 4,000 man-hours were contributed by Management Committee members alone, and yet we had so much more we could have achieved but lacked the capacity to do so.

With the great success of the PrideFEST season in 2020, despite the challenges faced in that year, Pride WA is in the best position it has ever been to take the step of developing an employed operations team. And so, the Management Committee has resolved to employ a full-time CEO to undertake the establishment of the Pride WA operations team and to drive and oversee the growth of the Association as a whole.

This evolution of Pride WA has been discussed by the Committee for many years. However, it has never been actioned, partly due to the considerable amount of time and work required to make it happen. With the Management Committee already stretched to capacity taking on the operational side of the Association, they simply did not have the resources to implement it. 

With the limited capacity of the committee being an ongoing challenge under the current structure of the Association, the decision has now been made to employ a dynamic executive to manage the day-to-day operations and drive the strategic objectives established in conjunction with the Management Committee. The inaugural CEO role will include the development of an ongoing operations team within Pride WA. The CEO will also take over the management of the day-to-day operations of Pride WA.

To this end, the Management Committee is pleased to announce that Choon Tan has been appointed as Pride WA’s inaugural CEO. Choon has been heavily involved in the day-to-day running of Pride WA over the past few years. Choon has also been our Treasurer since 2020 and has used his skills as a CPA to deftly manage Pride WA’s finances amidst the pandemic. He also played a strategic role in the many successes celebrated by Pride WA in 2020. This experience and demonstration of his skills in running the Association and building relationships with key stakeholders made him the obvious choice for undertaking the appointment.

Choon’s appointment is for a period of 12 months. In his role, Choon will work with the Management Committee to set up a framework for an ongoing team to undertake the operational running of Pride WA.

The Committee intends to release Expressions of Interest for all operational roles created during this process in early-2022 and for an appointment to be made in mid-2022.

The Management Committee is very excited to be undertaking these steps to grow Pride WA and better meet our Community’s expectations. We look forward to you taking this journey with us.

We look forward to celebrating a big and successful 2021 with you all.