Our Founder

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, Fierté 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 currently working with community members in the Okanagan to stop conversion efforts for sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. This work includes supporting provincial and federal bills, as well as getting a local ban on conversion therapy. Identifying resources for those impacted by conversion efforts, and engaging with elected representatives are on our list of priorities. We are also working on developing tools to expose conversion efforts in the community.