Christine White identifies as a lesbian and a queer person and uses the pronouns she/her. She moved to Kelowna, British Columbia, the unceded traditional lands of the Syilx nation, with her wife and their two children in 2009. Christine has been active in 2S-LGBTQIA+ organizations since the mid-90s, in the greater Vancouver area and the Okanagan, including the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Vancouver Co-op Radio, and Kelowna Pride. She is also involved in the newly created Kelowna 50+ Pride Network. Having spent half her career working as a federal civil servant, and the other half in the finance industry, Christine has consistently been a Diversity and Inclusion ambassador in the workplace and has always been seen as a leader in Pride employee resource groups, promoting education and awareness. 

Helen Whitehead (she/her/hers) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor based in West Kelowna. Helen is originally from the U.K. and has recently moved to the Okanagan from North Vancouver and she very much looks forward to connecting with and supporting the Okanagan queer community. As a mental health professional, Helen is particularly interested in the impact of discriminatory practices and other aspects of minority stress on the LGBTQ2AI+ community, a community Helen is proud to be a part of.

Wilbur Turner (he/him/his) is the founder of advocacy-canada.lgbt. His social and political awareness of issues that impact the 2S-LGBTQIA+ (queer) community, inspired him to create this non-profit organization. He identifies as gay and queer and resides in Kelowna, BC on the unceded traditional lands of the Syilx peoples. He contributes on many levels to 2S-LGBTQIA+ rights locally and internationally. Wilbur previously led the Kelowna Pride, FiertĂ© Canada Pride, and Living Positive Resource Centre, boards.

Our Mission

Our mission is to unite and amplify queer voices and their allies in the community to affect positive change on important issues that makes a lasting difference.

We acknowledge the positive impact that local Pride organizations have had in the community and believe that advocacy-canada.lgbt will further strengthen their work. While Pride organization’s main focus is producing an annual festival, we believe our non-profit will play a vital role in focusing on specific issues that need to be addressed.

Our Current Work

We are committed to learning about the diverse needs of 2SLGBTQ+ seniors in the areas of health, housing, and community in the Okanagan area.

Our initial focus in this area will be on fundraising to enable a research project specific to housing needs.

We have also established the Kelowna 50+ Pride Network to support a social network of peers.