Throughout June, BMO Financial Group is reaffirming its commitment to supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and two-spirited (LGBTQ2+) community.
The bank is once again the Platinum Sponsor for the 24th annual pride & remembrance run, which will see nearly 2,000 participants lace up for the largest fundraising event held during Toronto Pride Month. Additionally, BMO is sponsoring more than 20 events across North America, and is expanding its Gender Pronoun Initiative to foster inclusivity in BMO branch locations.
“BMO proudly stands with the LGBTQ2+ community. Every day, LGTBQ2+ individuals are courageous in simply living their lives on their own terms, all too often having to defend their basic human rights and live without fear,” said Mona Malone, Head of People & Culture and Chief Human Resources Officer, BMO Financial Group. “At BMO, we believe it is our Purpose to Boldly Grow the Good in business and in life, which includes a commitment to fostering an inclusive society by being a catalyst for positive change. This is the driving force behind our 20-year commitment to the Pride movement, and to fostering diversity and inclusion both inside our walls, and throughout our communities.”
The pride & remembrance run is an annual event promoting and fostering spirit, goodwill and sportsmanship in the LGBTQ2+ community. The annual 5k run or 3k walk will take place on June 22, starting at 10 a.m.
The run coincides with Toronto Pride, which is devoted to the celebration and support of Toronto’s diverse LGBTQ2+ community. In addition to being one of the most popular running events in the GTA, the Run raises critical funds for LGBTQ2+ projects and initiatives benefiting the community. Since its founding, the Pride and Remembrance Association has raised over $1.8 million for local charities that support the LGBTQ2+ community.
This year, participants will raise money to benefit five Toronto organizations: The 519’s bOlder Together program; the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT); the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention; the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival; and The Pride and Remembrance Foundation. One hundred per cent of the donations go directly to these organizations as they continue invaluable work that changes the lives of people in communities across Canada.