Madawaska Valley Mayor Mark Willmer says he was disappointed that some recent council votes to support Pride Month were not unanimous.
But, he adds, he believes the majority of people in the municipality are inclusive and welcoming of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Earlier this month, in a 4-1 vote, council supported recognizing June as Pride Month and acknowledging it with a digital sign. That vote happened after a motion, proposed by Willmer, to support Pride month by hanging a physical Pride flag was defeated in a 3-2 vote.
Willmer says he’s focusing on the positives that came out of that meeting.
“Although I’m personally disappointed, I think I have to look at what was positive that came out of it,” he says. “And that’s that we did make some progress. I would like to keep adding to that and make additional progress over the next few years.”
“Sometimes it takes a few small steps to get the large steps going. I guess, in one sense, I’m glad we didn’t move backwards.”
Wilmer says he’s not aware of specific events planned in Madawaska Valley to recognize Pride month this June, but he hopes there will be some in future years.