By KAREN HAYNES
The magical red heels that took Dorothy home are not sitting in the closet of any Conestoga College student.
Conestoga Students Inc. offers a wide variety of clubs and services to help each student get involved and, hopefully, not wish for his or her own pair of iconic heels.
Conestoga Pride is a club that offers support and acceptance for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and questioning (GLBTQ) community at Conestoga College, said Sasa Kahrimanovic, Conestoga Pride’s 2010-2011 president and police foundations graduate.
According to Conestoga’s Student Services website, the club is meant to help make each student’s transition to college “comfortable and seamless.”
Last year, the club met to discuss GLBTQ issues, but also everyday student issues, Kahrimanovic said. “We were a family, supporting each other. Students had a chance to connect and learn from other students.”
The Conestoga Pride’s 2010-2011 vice-president, Jamie Herrington, now a second-year police foundations student, said the club allowed students to sit and talk to other students with common interests.
“You can talk about what your fears are and what you want to achieve in school without being picked on,” she said.
According to Herrington, Conestoga Pride consisted of approximately 12 students last year. It’s not a big club, but it’s friendly and welcoming, she said.
Most college clubs are just getting their paperwork together now, said Sheena Sonser, CSI campus service co-ordinator. Students looking for more information regarding Conestoga Pride can visit Sonser in the CSI office, located in Room 2A104, or check out www.conestogastudents.com.
Also, Student Life online at www.conestogac.on.ca/studentLife provides more detailed information regarding GLBTQ.