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Meet the 2017 Grand Marshals

by Vancouver Pride Society

Meet the 2017 Grand Marshals

The 2017 Pride Parade is coming up fast. And the Vancouver Pride Society is excited to announce the Grand Marshals.

This year, the Parade Grand Marshals are Carrie Serwetnyk, Fraser Doke (posthumously), and Tru Wilson with the other Wilson family members. All the Grand Marshals have made a significant impact on the LGBTQ2+ community, and we are honoured to acknowledge them.


Carrie Serwetnyk

Carrie Serwetnyk

Carrie Serwetnyk is a former Canadian National Team soccer player and the first woman inducted in the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. In recent years, she has devoted herself to creating greater equity for girls and women, both on and off the field. As the founder of Equal Play, a non-profit organization, Carrie has helped more than 3,000 Vancouver elementary school girls participate in its Equal Play Girls Leadership World Cup project. Serwetnyk sees this as just the start, and states: "Everyone is welcome. We strive to create a joyful and empowering environment that is tangible for girls from all cultural backgrounds and perceived abilities."

Galvanized by attending seven men's and five women's World Cups since Italia 1990, she also runs a Free Kick Soccer League for youth. Carrie wants "to create an environment that captures the festive global spirit of friendship, vitality and goodwill."


Fraser Doke

Fraser Doke

Fraser Doke was only 54 when he died in March, but wore many hats in his short life. A common theme through Fraser's life was his deep caring for social justice and addressing inequality. As a long term McLaren Housing Society program participant receiving a portable housing subsidy, Fraser was always eager to talk openly about living with HIV/AIDS, the impact it had on his daily life and the challenges of aging with this episodic and chronic health issue.

As a proud gay man, Fraser was a founding member of Grey and Gray. He was a past chair of Raise the Rates, he volunteered for Vancouver Pride, Surrey Pride, the Celtic Festival and the NDP; he sat on the board of both Positive Living BC and the Vancouver Pride Society. These are but a few of the many causes he supported. He dedicated his life to the service of others and worked hard every day to help those around him.


Tru Wilson & Wilson Family

Tru Wilson & Wilson Family

When Tru Wilson was refused the right to attend school as girl at Ladner's Sacred Heart School, Tru and her family filed a Human Rights Complaint against the school and the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese for not supporting her gender identity. In response, the Catholic School Board became one of the first in North America to develop a policy to support gender expression in 2014.

Tru and her family went on to participate in a Vancouver Parks Board transgender awareness campaign. In 2015, Tru was recognized by Vancouver Magazine as one of the city's 50 most powerful and influential people. When the Royals visited Canada in 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau personally acknowledged Tru for her advocacy during an Experience 150 and Me Youth reception. In 2017, Tru was named "Sexual Health Champion" by Vancouver's Options for Sexual Health.

Her advocacy work continues to this day. Tru and her family are currently involved in two documentaries that celebrate trans kids and their families. They continue to speak at various events about trans rights, the importance of being true to yourself, and the need to support your child in their transition.


Vancouver Pride congratulates our fantastic 2017 Grand Marshals. They will all be riding in style with their own vehicle provided by The BMW Store on Burrard. The design team at The BMW Store are already working on a custom design for each vehicle and we are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Parade.

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