• Another Successful Pagan Pride Day!

    Another successful year of Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day is complete. Before we say farewell, we have a few people to thank.Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day thank youFirst of all, thank you to all of our vendors. Thank you for supporting Pagan Pride Day by bringing us so many wonderful things and services! We had a huge variety, and there was definitely something for everyone.

    Our Vendors:

    A huge shout out and deep wells of gratitude to all of our sponsors. Thank you for helping make the day successful!

    Thank you so much to our ritual presenters for this year for leading an energizing and fun ritual:

    • Dallas Magnell and David Zunker of Serendipity Celestial College

    Music makes or breaks an event, and the lineup for this year’s Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day was definitely a hit! Thank you to all of our performers for the day:

    We had some very informative workshops this year. Thank you to all of our workshop presenters for donating your time and sharing your knowledge!

    • David Zunker
    • Fae Huxtable
    • Dawn Kirkham

    And lastly, but definitely not least! Our volunteers. You’ve been working on making this event happen for months. Planning, strategizing, promoting and making things happen. Mary, Heather, Sarah R, Melissa, Candy, Cece, Ursula, Cathy, Calvin, Nate, Laura, David, Alex, Peter D, Ted, Kathy, Sarah C, Bill, and Peter R – we definitely could not have done it without you!

    Thank you to Dave, the groundskeeper at Lewis Park, for getting everything set up for us.

    And thank you to all of you for showing up!

    If we’ve left anyone out, please forgive our memory lapse – chalk it up to post-festival exhaustion!

  • Today’s the Day! Hip, Hip, Hooray!

    This is it! It’s so exciting! We’ve been working for months, and the day is finally here.

    vippd poster 2016Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day Gives Back to the Comox Valley – On Saturday, August 13th, Lewis Park will host the 12th Annual Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day.

    Vendors, artisans, and spiritual groups from all over Vancouver Island will come together to celebrate diversity in spirituality. Pagan Pride Day is an international project that promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems through education, activism, charity and community.

    The time of year is carefully chosen to celebrate the harvest and share the fruits of our efforts with our community. Each year the Pagan Pride committee chooses charitable organizations that have a positive effect in the community and dedicates its hard work and energy towards raising donations for those organizations.  This year Pagan Pride is excited to be collecting donations and non-perishable food items for Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society and the Comox Valley Food Bank. Last year’s event saw $300 raised for both LUSH Valley Food Action Society and the Comox Valley Food Bank. Vancouver Island Pride Day aims to show the public what Paganism is about through a daylong collection of workshops, rituals and demonstrations.

    It’s also a time for the Pagan community to come together and celebrate our diversity with live entertainment and vendor tables with goods and services from pagan or pagan friendly businesses and organizations. “It’s going to be challenging to top last year’s event, but we have a great team.

    We’re all looking forward to connecting with and contributing to the community,” says Mary Malinski, High Priestess of the Circle of the Sacred Muse and Maiden of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Canada.

    The 12th annual Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day will be held on Saturday, August 13th at Lewis Park from 10 am to 4 pm. The event is open to everyone and admission is free, though donations for the Food Bank and MARS are highly encouraged.

  • Fabulous Raffle Prizes!

    While you’re at Pagan Pride Day, make sure you get your raffle tickets. There are tons of fabulous raffle prizes donated by our vendors and local businesses.

    Tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5, available at the Circle of the Sacred Muse tent. Proceeds go to the Comox Valley Food Bank and Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society.

    Prizes include:

  • Schedule of Events for Pagan Pride Day

    We’ve got an exciting lineup of workshops and performers for this year’s event!

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day Schedule 2016

    Click for PDF

  • Looking for a few good people

    volunteer for vancouver island pagan pride dayPlans for Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day 2016 are well under way (have you marked August 13th on your calendar yet?), and we are always on the lookout for people to help out. Pagan Pride is run completely by volunteers, and many hands make light work.

    We are looking for people to help out in the areas listed below. If you might be able to help in any of these areas, even if you can’t take on the entire job (for example, as part of the advertising crew, you could hand out flyers and put up posters in your local area), please let us know, either by email or on Facebook.

    Volunteer Coordinator

    • Organize volunteers
    • Promote volunteer positions in community
    • Answer volunteer questions
    • Assign volunteer jobs
    • Gather prizes/thank you gifts for volunteers and organize hand out
    • Send thank you to volunteer info to Social Media Wizard for publicity once VIPPD and debrief is complete
    • Create and send post pride day feedback questionnaire
    • Review and summarize feedback questionnaire results

     

    Workshop Coordinator

    • Source workshop presenters
    • Organize workshop times
    • Answer queries from people who want to put on workshops
    • Send workshop info and details to Social Media Wizard for publicity
    • Be onsite to help the day of VIPPD to assist with workshops as needed

     

    Music/Entertainment Coordinator

    • Find entertainment acts
    • Set stage times
    • Send details of acts to Social media wizard for publicity
    • Set up and run sound equipment or find someone to do it
    • Follow up with entertainment acts for feedback and summarize info for debrief meeting

     

    Spiritual Group Coordinator

    • Find other spiritual people to have info booths
    • Send their details and a summary to social media wizard for publicity

     

    Raffle Coordinator and Crew

    • Coordinate with Vendor Coordinator to request donations from vendors
    • Acquire donations from other businesses for raffle
    • Apply for Raffle License with BC Gaming a minimum 3 weeks prior to VIPPD (all items must be listed with values on the application)
    • Make signs for each items with description and value
    • Arrive at 7 am to set up the raffle table with items
    • Sell tickets throughout the day
    • Connect raffle winners with their raffle prize at the end of the day or after the event
    • Make final report to BC Gaming

     

    Setup crew

    • Arrive at 7am, the day of VIPPD to set up the event  and help vendors with set up

     

    Teardown crew

    • Arrive at 3:30pm, the day of VIPPD to tear down and clean up the site, also assist

     

    Advertising Coordinator & Crew

    • Advertise vendor and info booths
    • Advertise volunteer positions
    • Advertise Pagan Pride Day
    • Advertise fundraising events
    • Create fliers for each campaign
    • Hand out fliers
    • Put up posters advertising the event
    • Newspaper articles (minimum one pre VIPPD and one post VIPPD)

     

    Signage crew

    • Create direction signs
    • Create food bank donation signs
    • Arrive on site, 7am, the day of VIPPD to organize and hang signs in all directions
    • At 4pm, the day of VIPPD, head out and collect all signs that have been hung up

     

    Photographer

    • Attend fundraising events where possible to document these events photographically
    • Arrive at VIPPD at 7am to take photos of set up, stay for the event to continue taking photos: please ensure photos of crew, info booths, vendors, entertainers, and the general public are taken!
    • Turn in all photos taken at each event to Mary Malinski to be dispersed to social media wizard, poster design,  and website volunteer

     

    Ritual crew

    • Create and organize ritual
    • Submit ritual to Mary Malinski for approval
    • Send ritual teaser summary to Social Media Wizard for public viewing
    • Arrive 1 hour before ritual time to organize on site
  • Save the Date!

    Vancouver Island Pagan Pride announce 2016Mark your calendars! The 12th annual Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day will be held on Saturday, August 13th in Lewis Park in Courtenay, BC from 10 am to 4 pm.

    We will be having an information session for anyone interested in volunteering for the event on Wednesday, March 9th at 7:30 pm at Games and Grounds in Courtenay. An event like this takes many hands to make light work! And there are quite a few jobs that don’t require a lot of time. We’d love to have you join our team.

    Vendors – we will be opening vendor registration soon. Keep your eyes open!

  • Yule Masquerade Ball! Dec. 19, 2015

    Yule

    On December 19th, come join our band of merry making pagans at Dove Creek Hall in Courtney  for a evening of family friendly fun celebrating the soon-to-be reborn Sun God, and the returning of the light!

    Dress in your finest fancy clothes, and slide into the mystery of the masquerade with your best Labyrinth inspired masque. Be they wild, beautiful or magickal-masks are a must!

    A mixture of pagan friendly, holiday and dancing tunes are bound to get your feet moving and your blood flowing. Bid on great goodies in the Silent Auction, a Costume Contest (ribbons and bragging rights will be rewarded for both silly and serious categories), if we’ve been extra good we may even have a visit from the physical Christmas fae himself: Santa clause.

    Join us for dancing, and revelry; imbibe in some spirits and get in the holiday spirit of celebration and giving with us at the first North Island Yule Masquerade Ball fundraiser. Proceeds go to Circle of the Sacred Muse and Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day 2016.

     

    Event Info:

    Date:  December 19, 2015

    Time:  7:00pm to 11:00pm

    Address:  Dove Creek Hall 3400 Burns Rd, Courtney, BC

  • Well Done, Vancouver Island Pagans!

    Food Bank DonationGive yourselves a pat on the back! Through your generosity and support, the 2015 Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day raised over 100 lbs of food for the Comox Valley Food Bank, and we were able to contribute $300 to both the Comox Valley Food Bank and LUSH Valley Food Action Society!

    The Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day committee is grateful to each and every individual and organization that contributed to making this event a success. Your efforts help to make this harvest more bountiful for everyone.

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

  • It’s A Wrap!

    Another successful year of Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day has been put to bed. Before we say farewell, we have a few people to thank.Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day thank you

    First of all, thank you to all of our vendors. Thank you for supporting Pagan Pride Day by bringing us so many wonderful things and services! We had a huge variety, and there was definitely something for everyone.

    Our Vendors:

    A huge shout out and deep wells of gratitude to all of our sponsors. Thank you for helping make the day successful!

    Music makes or breaks an event, and the lineup for this year’s Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day was definitely a hit! Thank you to all of our performers for the day:

    We had some very informative workshops this year. Thank you to all of our workshop presenters for donating your time and sharing your knowledge!

    • Candace McKivett
    • Mary Malinski
    • David Zunker
    • Michele Favarger
    • Fae Huxtable

    And lastly, but definitely not least! Our volunteers. You’ve been working on making this event happen for months. Planning, strategizing, promoting and making things happen. Mary, Chrystal, Brenda, Heather, Sarah R, Lisa, Shelby, Dawne, Laci, Nate, Laura, Cathy, Calvin, David, Alex, Peter, Phoenix, Harmony, Pamela, Ted, Michele, Candy, Angus, and Sarah C – we definitely could not have done it without you!

    Thank you to Mel, the groundskeeper at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, for getting everything set up for us.

    And thank you to all of you for showing up!

    If we’ve left anyone out, please forgive our memory lapse – chalk it up to post-festival exhaustion!

  • Today’s the Day! Hip, Hip, Hooray!

    This is it! It’s so exciting! We’ve been working for months, and the day is finally here.

    Pagan Pride Poster 2015Pagans from all over Vancouver Island will come together for the first time at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds Rotary Bowl to celebrate 11 years of Vancouver Island Pagan Pride. After 10 successful years of celebrations in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island Pagan Pride is on the move to share the festivities with other parts of the Island.

    Pagan Pride Day is an international project that promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems through education, activism, charity and community. The time of year is carefully chosen to celebrate the harvest and share the fruits of our efforts with our community.

    Vancouver Island Pride Day aims to show the public what Paganism is about through a daylong collection of workshops, rituals and demonstrations. It’s also a time for the Pagan community to come together and celebrate our diversity with live entertainment, vendor tables with goods and services from pagan or pagan friendly businesses and organizations.

    “I’m very excited to be bringing Pagan Pride to the Comox Valley. There are a lot of people who are curious about Paganism, or maybe have been practicing for a while, and this is an opportunity for all of us to connect with the broader community, make a contribution and have fun doing it!” says Mary Malinski, High Priestess of the Circle of the Sacred Muse and Maiden of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Canada.

    Each year the Pagan community dedicates its hard work and energy towards raising donations for a charitable organization that has a positive effect in the community at large.  In previous years proceeds raised by Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day have been donated to organizations like the Canadian Diabetes Association, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and many others. This year Pagan Pride is collecting non-perishable food items and donations for Lush Valley Food Action Society and the Comox Valley Food Bank.

    The 11th annual Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day will be held on Saturday, August 22nd at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds Rotary Bowl from 11 am to 6 pm. The event is open to everyone and admission is free, though donations for the Food Bank and Lush Valley are highly encouraged.