Local Business Owner Throws Support Behind Rainbow Crosswalk At SSMS

Posted on Friday, October 13, 2017 11:12 AM

One local business is a little more colorful today after throwing their support behind the proposed rainbow crosswalk at St. Stephen Middle School.

Ada Dempsey of Something's Brewing Cafe on Milltown Blvd in St. Stephen says she hung a rainbow flag in front of her business as a way to show her cafe is a safe place for everyone, especially those who don't feel included.

"I think it's time for us not to have just one crosswalk, I think we should have a crosswalk by any school, and every corner. It's not just about 'what do you believe' and 'who you are' and 'who are you dating'. It's a small town so everybody knows each other. We need to love each other, it's about bringing everybody together."

Dempsey moved to Canada from Cuba nine years ago, running her cafe for the last three years, and says sometimes its hard to be the different one in your new home, and that's why is so important to her that everyone feels safe and welcome in the place you decide to live.

"I'm coming from another country, and we also have issues there. and when I moved to Canada, I didn't feel all the time very included in the community, and I did my best to be a part of this wonderful place I believe in."

The group from the St. Stephen Middle School Gay Straight Alliance, along with staff members and Principal Bronwyn Tanner are proposing a rainbow crosswalk be painted at the school as a way to show acceptance and love for all.

The crosswalk has stirred up a lot of controversy on social media after some negative comments were made during a committee meeting this week with St. Stephen Town Council.

The next committee meeting, which is open to the public, and will include another presentation by the SSMS group, will be November 15th, at 5pm at the St. Stephen Town Council Chambers on Milltown Blvd.