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“It’s been an honour”: Pride in Peel president steps down as new board members welcomed

Updated: Oct 20, 2022

It’s a time of mixed emotions for Mandurah’s Pride in Peel.

Founder and president Stephen Carter officially handed over the reins at the club’s meeting last Wednesday as new board members were welcomed to the not-for-profit organisation.

Founder and past president of Pride in Peel, Stephen Carter. Credit: Facebook

Mr Carter said in a Facebook post on Thursday Pride in Peel had grown so much since its official beginning in 2016.

“A lot has happened, a lot has been achieved and now it is time to focus on me and my new chapter,” he said.

“I will still be a board member of Pride in Peel to support the group and watch it flourish with its new team. I am amazed at the community support and for those that put their hand up last night.

“I am beyond excited to see what’s next. Thank you Peel, it has been an honour.”

It comes just weeks after Pride in Peel put out a call on social media for locals to become board members in a bid to keep the organisation running.

Pride in Peel's New President, Rudson Barcoma.

The community response was a resounding success, with more than 10 new board members joining.

New president Rudson Barcoma said Mr Carter’s leadership would be a tough act to follow but he was up for the challenge.

“I decided to step up as president of the organisation due to my passion in keeping Pride in Peel Inc active and to help it grow, not just within the LGBTQIA+ community but the Peel region and beyond,” he said.

“Together with my vice-president Natasja Verschut, we aim to bring a fresh perspective and strategic initiatives in order to move Pride in Peel Inc forward in this exciting new chapter.”

The board hopes to introduce sub-committee groups run by one or two board members to enable members to join a group based on their interest and skills.

A youth committee is also in the works to help develop new leaders in the queer community.


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