Introducing Dayle Connelly

I’d like to introduce myself as a new board member of Airdrie Pride.
My name is Dayle and I am fairly new to Alberta and specifically to Airdrie. I moved here from the Niagara Peninsula after falling in love with the mountains on numerous visits here.

I am a gay man who wanted to find fellowship and friendship in my new community. After reaching out to Airdrie Pride Society, I started attending their monthly social functions to fulfill that need. I have met some amazing individuals at these functions and started forming friendships instantly.

I have learned so much from sharing our stories with each other about our own personal journeys as to how we got to where we are today. I feel that each and everyone’s journey is so interesting and important and is critical in our own self-growth as an individual to listen to those stories.

Through my participation in these social functions, I was approached to see if I could help out by managing some community events. As an individual, I felt the need to give back to my community by volunteering my time and APS felt the need to grow to fulfill their expanding needs in the community. Thus our union solidified of me being the new Community Engagement Director.

A perfect match of sorts.

The amazing thing is that I’ve learned so much about other individuals which in turn helps me grow ….. none of our stories is any more important than the others, but respect for each other and support for one another is the key here. As an individual, if I can make someone else’s life easier by just being me and have compassion and understanding for them I consider that to be a great day!

I encourage all individuals in our community to come out and meet each other and explore the opportunity to grow as individuals just by simply being who we are. Inclusion is so important to each and every one of us, and APS thrives on that–it is the core of who we are. 

I’m proud and excited to be a part of this dynamic organization.
I invite you to come out and experience what I have in simply sharing a beverage with us and look forward to meeting YOU soon.