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Letters from the ISCCA Candidates

Community Spotlight by Letters (From GayCalgary® Magazine, April 2006, page 48)
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Dear Readers,

As a Candidate for Empress 30, I believe in the aspect of being there for the community. If it wasn’t for the community and their support, we would not be here today.

If successful in my campaign for Empress 30, I will work this year to get more of our own community involved with supporting each other to make every voice heard and respected. This is also a year about making everything fun again, as our past Emperors and Empresses have accomplished. I believe, by making support and awareness as fun as possible, it will be remembered for years to come.

Malibu Stacey

Dear Readers,

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Dyna Myte and I am one of the two candidates running for Empress 30 this year. For those of you that are not familiar with the ISCCA I will give you a brief description.

It stands for The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Chinook Arch. It is a non-profit organization that raises money for charities. Every year the community votes on a new Emperor and Empress, whose job is to organize fundraising in our city by doing various functions that include shows, BBQ’s, shooter bars, and 50/50 tickets, as well as hosting many other events. The Emperor and Empress also travel to other cities for coronations. This is the time when the current reigning Upper House steps down from their positions and a new group is elected and takes over. By going to these coronations the Emperor and Empress are representing Calgary and promoting all that Calgary has to offer. In a sense we are goodwill ambassadors for the community.

The reason I would like to be the newly elected Empress is because I feel that I can do some good in this community. Arthur Ashe once said, “From what we get we can make a living, from what we give, however makes a life.” This quote means a great deal to me because I feel we need to work together with all of the bars and gay associations. We need to stop the prejudices within our own community and realize that it does not matter if you are gay, bi, lesbian, transgender or transsexual, or if you are a big old Drag Queen. We all want to feel like we belong.

If elected Empress I plan to work with all of the bars and gay associations in the city to come up with fun and interesting ways to make money for charities. I also plan to travel quite a bit to promote our beautiful city and all of you, however I will never neglect my own community because they are the ones that are there for me all year long.

In closing, I want to take the time to say thank you to all of the people that have helped me through this campaign. Please feel free to come up to me with any questions that you may have.

Voting for Emperor and Empress is at the Backlot on April 15th, 2006 from noon until midnight.

Thank You,

Dyna Myte

Greetings to all,

My name is Wolfgang Von Bearstein and i am a candidate for Emperor 30. I would like to take a moment of your time to explain my thoughts and reasons for wanting to represent our community and Calgary as Emperor.

In this, the 30th year of the I.S.C.C.A. we have seen the city and the gay community change and grow up in so many exciting ways. Having been a part of that for the last 15 years I would like the opportunity to help nurture that growth process. Ours is a dynamic community, comprised of gay, leather, lesbian and transgender, as well as many other social clubs within these groups.

It is my thought that we should be unified as a community; gathered together to show everyone the strength we have in the face of adversity. Together under one flag, our flag, we can accomplish so much.

That is my goal, to bring unity to our family, and to give back to the city and to the groups that are so close to our hearts through fundraising events. The fundraisers have been paramount to the I.S.C.C.A. since its inception. With the growth of our city I would like to see the expansion of the types of fundraisers we do. If elected I hope to continue working with the current establishments in the city as well as finding new and exciting venues.

These past few years I have had the honor of working and traveling with the I.S.C.C.A. In that time, I have made many new friends and found a sense of belonging in a community whose spirit is very much alive and vibrant.

On April 15th 2006, I ask you all to come out to the Backlot to vote, from noon till midnight. All of this year’s candidates are here for you, running for you, wanting to better the community and the city around us. It would give me tremendous pride to represent you, our community and the spirit that lives within it.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Wolfgang Von Bearstein

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