YMM to Host Event in Celebration of Rainbow Space Designation

June 19, 2023


For Immediate Release – June 19, 2023

YMM to Host Event in Celebration of Rainbow Space Designation
Community invited to celebrate Pride YMM’s newest Rainbow Space

Fort McMurray, AB – The Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) is the newest recipient of Pride YMM’s Rainbow Space designation.

YMM joins 25 other organizations and businesses in promoting and fostering safe and inclusive spaces for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo. YMM has taken specific steps to receive the Rainbow Space designation and recognition for their commitment to inclusion. Volunteer members of Pride YMM conducted a review of Fort McMurray Airport Authority’s (FMAA) HR policies, journeyed through the terminal as mock passengers, and reviewed all signage to ensure the passenger experience is inclusive in every aspect. FMAA employees also participated in inclusivity training facilitated Pride YMM members.

“Equity, diversity and inclusion has always been a priority of our organization,” says Denean Robinson, President & CEO of the Airport Authority. “FMAA firmly believes that providing equality of opportunity, valuing diversity, and promoting a culture of inclusion are critical to our success. We want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable while at our terminal.”

Hanna Fridhed, Executive Director of Pride YMM, recognizes the importance of YMM to the community, “Our airport is an important hub in our region, and the first space many are greeted by when they arrive. FMAA’s proactive work to be a safe space for all that travel through our region, those who utilize YMM for business and events, as well as staff is a crucial step towards an inclusive region and community. We are proud to say the Fort McMurray International Airport is now a certified Rainbow Space!” YMM is inviting the community to celebrate their Rainbow Space designation in the YMM Courtyard on June 23, from 3 – 4 p.m. Register here.


About Fort McMurray International Airport | flyymm.com
Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) is owned and operated by the Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA), connecting the World to the Wood Buffalo Region. FMAA is a community-based, non-share capital organization. YMM offers non-stop flights to four cities in Canada. The airport is a major economic driver for the region, with an economic output of over $354 million and supporting over 70 businesses on airport campus and approximately 900 jobs.

About Pride YMM | prideymm.ca
Pride YMM is a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness and promoting inclusion of 2SLGBTQIA+ people in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Their goal is to unite and empower gender diverse people and people of diverse sexual orientations, aiming to foster belonging and create safer spaces and communities for all. Pride YMM coordinates 2SLGBTQIA+ affirming events, support programs, advocates for 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion, and provides training and resources.

Media Contact:

Fort McMurray Airport Authority
Jessica Lipton
Manager, Marketing & Communications

Pride YMM
Hanna Fridhed
Executive Director